Charleston terminal pollution claim dismissed

Port of Charleston South Carolina Ports want to build a cruise terminal at Union Pier in Charleston

A legal attempt to block the building of a cruise ship terminal in Charleston on environmental grounds has been rejected.

The South Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld a previous ruling that opponents of the terminal do not have a legal right to stop South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) from issuing a construction permit for the terminal’s proposed Union Pier location, South Carolina Ports (SPC) confirmed.

SPC stated: “Our analysis continues to show that a modern and more efficient cruise terminal at the northern end of Union Pier will actually lessen the impacts of cruise vessels in Charleston. We have and will continue to adhere to all aspects of the Voluntary Cruise Management plan agreed upon with the City of Charleston in 2010.”

Pollution concerns

Opponents, which include environmental and neighbourhood groups, have said the terminal would increase traffic congestion and create pollution from ships that would affect nearby historic residential areas.

But according to The Post and Courier, The Appeals Court, in its ruling, said the groups did not provide any evidence that they would suffer direct harm from a new terminal. Instead, they "presented only speculative claims that the proposed passenger terminal would adversely affect their property values and businesses."

The SPA now need a federal permit, which would be issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, to proceed with the project.

SPC said: “We continue to work diligently toward receiving the required federal permit from the Army Corps of Engineers...”

On its website, SPC, stated the Port of Charleston is restoring and adding 22 acres of tidal marshes, reducing port-related air emissions and funding two air monitoring stations, alongside continuing partnerships with organisations including the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and Center for Birds of Prey.

LATEST PRESS RELEASE

SENNEBOGEN develops Pick & Carry material handler with electric travel drive

At ligna 2019, in Hanover, SENNEBOGEN will showcase a new electric drive version of the diesel hydra... Read more

SANY Port Machinery launches the new efficient Reach Stacker H9 in Europe

Sany well understood the customers’ need to improve cost. In 2018 SANY introduced the new Reach Stac... Read more

SHOREHAM PORT CELEBRATES ECOPORT STATUS FOR SIXTH YEAR

Shoreham Port has been re-certified as an EcoPort this month, six years after its initial Port Envir... Read more

Quick-release connections providing solutions to the logistics sector

The logistics sector is an already experienced industry, however, with increasing new technology the... Read more

Sophisticated charging systems for automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 go hand in hand in tight synergy. New technologies will significantly... Read more

Contship Italia - Negotiations for sale of MCT

Contship Italia S.p.A. has entered into negotiations with MSC for the sale of its 50% shares in CSM ... Read more

View all