SPA offering tours of Charleston port’s terminals

FILE PHOTO/STAFF Workers at the State Ports Authority’s Wando-Welch Terminal wait on a container to be loaded on the OOCL Europe ship in this file photo from July 5, 2002.

The State Ports Authority is offering the public a firsthand look at operations at the three terminals that make up the Port of Charleston.

The two-hour tours will be held starting at 10 a.m. on May 14 and June 11, and the SPA is accepting registrations for both dates at Registration closes two weeks before the tour date or once the tour is full. Each tour can accommodate up to 13 people.

Tour attendees must be at least 18 years old and photography is not allowed. The tours will leave by bus from the SPA’s office at 176 Concord Street in Charleston. Tour attendees can park at a garage on the corner of Concord and Cumberland streets.

The tours include visits to: Union Pier Terminal, home of the current cruise ship facility; Columbus Street Terminal, a breakbulk and rolling cargo facility; and Wando Welch Terminal, the port’s largest container terminal.

For admittance on the tour, each precipitant must submit the following information for security clearance: full name, date of birth, driver’s license number and state of issuance.

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