Wednesday, May 16, 2012
A Charleston company wants to bring more business to the Port of Georgetown by giving ships a place to unload their cargo closer to the ocean.
Coastal Terminals, LLC filed a permit with the Army Corp of Engineers and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to build a midstream anchorage transfer facility near the mouth of Winyah Bay. The document became public Wednesday.
The midstream anchorage transfer facility would give ships that are too large to enter Georgetown’s port, a place to dock and unload its cargo onto barges or tug boats. The smaller vessels will then bring the shipments to land.
The majority of the Port of Georgetown is not deep enough to bring large ships in. The port does not qualify for federal funding to dredge the waterway because not enough tonnage of cargo comes through Georgetown.
Members of the Propeller Club of Georgetown said the new facility would increase the amount of tonnage needed to qualify for the funding. The group supports the project.
The Army Corp of Engineers and SCDHEC are asking for public comment on the project. It will receive written statement until May 24, 2012. A written statement can also be submitted to SCDHEC until June 8, 2012.
By Amy Vitrano
WBTW - TV 13