Port of Charleston Resumes Cargo Operations

A bridge in Charleston, South Carolina at sunset
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The Port of Charleston and the South Carolina Inland Port announced the resumption of all cargo operations on Tuesday, May 21, at approximately 5:00 AM. This followed a closure on Monday, May 20, due to software issues.

Initially, port authorities had planned to delay operations on Monday, May 20, until 10:00 AM, during which no cargo pickups or drop-offs would be allowed. However, an update at 8:00 AM extended the closure of all marine terminals and inland ports in South Carolina until 12:00 PM, and later further extended to 2:00 PM.

Containerships scheduled to arrive on Monday, May 20, remained anchored offshore. Despite this, the Carnival Cruise Line’s ship, Carnival Sunshine, departed the Port of Charleston on Sunday, May 19, and was en route to Nassau, Bahamas, expected to arrive on May 21.

The Port of Charleston, located on the U.S. East Coast, handles approximately 215,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) per month.