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Columbus Street Terminal

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Columbus Street Terminal (CST) is Charleston’s premier combination breakbulk and Ro/Ro cargo terminal. Columbus Street offers non-container clients berth space for up to 5 ships, direct lift capabilities between rail and the vessel, on-dock rail-served warehouses, access to cranes capable of lifting up to 700 net tons, and ample open storage for vehicles, equipment, and project cargo.

Physical Address: 30 Johnson Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Driving Directions: From I-26 head E, take exit 219B. At bottom of ramp turn left onto Mt. Pleasant St. Continue onto Morrison Drive for 1.0 mile. Turn left onto Johnson Street. (Terminal Gate is located at the end of Johnson Street.)

Google Map Directions

Gate Hours

Terminal Manager: 843-577-8743
Breakbulk Operations: 843-577-8772

Total Acreage: 155
Developed Acreage: 135
Wharf Acreage: 9.9
Ro/Ro Acreage: 44.3
Breakbulk Ops Acreage: 27.4
Heavy Lift Acreage: 4.3
Rail Yard Acreage: 10.8
Other Handling Acreage: 17.5

Bldg# 105: 165,099 square feet Covered rail access.
Bldg# 108: 94,050 square feet Covered rail access.
Bldg# 186: 100,000 square feet Rail access.

Berth Length: 3,500 feet I 1,066 meters

Project Depth: Berth 1 and 2 – 45/13.72 at Mean Low Water, Berths 3, 4 and 5 – 35/10.67 at Mean Low Water Berth
For confirmed current specifications contact our Harbor Master at 843-577-8192.

Air Draft (feet/meters) Unlimited

Piloting Time: About 1.35 hours dependent on conditions.

Rail Service: On dock. CSX & Norfolk Southern
Switching handled by Palmetto Railways

Road Miles to Railhead:
CSX: 8.4 miles • Norfolk Southern: 8 miles

Heavy Lift Services: Vessel directly to/from rail. Vessel directly to/from truck. Roll-on/Roll-off. On and off truck and rail in the storage yard

Barge Cranes: Lifting up to 500 tons.

Container Cranes: Quantity Outreach
Espana 2 (f/m) 145’I 44.20


Download the Trucker’s Guide for Breakbulk
Download the Trucker’s Guide for Containers
Download the terminal map
Download the Privately Owned Vehicles (POV) & Vehicle Carriers Guide
Download the Terminal Traffic Safety Guide