Charleston improves Columbus Street Terminal
The South Carolina State Ports Authority said it has spent about $22 million to improve the 70-acre Columbus Street Terminal to handle increased export automobiles made by BMW in Spartanburg, S.C.
The port authority has relocated roll-on/roll-off cargo operations from Union Pier Terminal to the larger Columbus Street Terminal, to accommodate and better serve the automaker's business and other rolling stock, large machinery, power-generating equipment and additional non-container cargoes.
The first BMW shipments arrived at the terminal by rail last Tuesday.
'BMW is a strategic customer of the Port of Charleston, and this relocation to a more robust and capable terminal is essential to handle port growth,' said Jim Newsome, the port authority's president and chief executive officer. 'BMW's success in South Carolina demonstrates the impact trade and our ports have on jobs and economic health.'
'K' Line, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, H'egh Line and American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier offer ro/ro service at Charleston.