Carnival Cruise Line will soon no longer have a home port in Charleston.
South Carolina Ports and Carnival Cruise Lines announced Wednesday that the two parties have reached an agreement not to extend the Charleston homeport cruise contract beyond 2024.
The agreement will provide more space for the redevelopment of Union Pier Terminal, opening up an opportunity for transformation within the City of Charleston, the Port Authority said in an emailed statement.
Ports in South Carolina will continue to accommodate port calls, according to the release.
“Since 2010, Carnival has been an excellent business partner and has worked alongside our maritime community to benefit our global maritime commerce mission,” the statement said. “As we look to the future, South Carolina Ports will continue to evaluate the market and looks forward to continued partnerships and opportunities.”
Carnival released the following statement: “It is amazing to see the continued growth of Charleston’s tourism economy, and Carnival has been proud to be a part of it since 2010. While exciting for the future of Charleston, the redevelopment of ‘Union Pier Terminal will unfortunately mean that Carnival will no longer welcome ships to Charleston beyond 2024. We will be working with the Port Authority to explore future opportunities in Charleston. In the meantime, business continues as usual and we look forward to seeing our guests aboard Carnival Sunshine through 2024.”
Ports in South Carolina continue to handle record cargo volumes while making significant progress in terminal and berth fluidity amid ongoing supply chain challenges, the organization announced in a recent press release.
SC Ports had its highest ever April for containers handled, marking the 14th straight month of cargo records at the Port of Charleston. Strong volumes are driven by buoyant retail imports, which were up 34% in April from a year ago.
SC Ports handled 264,099 20-foot-equivalent containers (TEUs) at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Leatherman Terminal in April, up 17% from a year ago, according to the release. SC Ports has moved 2.4 million TEUs so far in fiscal 2022, July-April, up 15% year-over-year.
April marked an all-time high for dock containers, which account for boxes of all sizes, according to the release. SC Ports handled 145,779 containers at berth last month, a 16% year-on-year increase. So far in fiscal 2022, SC Ports has moved 1.3 million quayside containers, up nearly 15% from the same period a year earlier.
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