Video illustrates impact if Charleston cruise ship terminal expands

This is one of several illustrations in a video depicting how plans for a new cruise ship terminal could affect views around historic downtown Charleston. (© Reina Murray/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

As debate continues around expanding the cruise ship terminal in Charleston, a new tool to help visualize the impact of the cruise ships on historic downtown Charleston is now available.

The video, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, superimposes scale models of the possible cruise ships in port from various vantage points around the city. The visualization makes one of the impacts of the expansion—hosting ships that overshadow the carefully preserved colonial height and character of the city—much more tangible. An excerpt of the video is provided below.

“Building a large new terminal in downtown Charleston to host very large leisure cruise vessels will impact one of the most revered and intact historic treasures in the entire United States,” Managing Attorney Blan Holman told the Post & Courier. “A giant leisure cruise ship with a water slide on top is like a floating Disney World: plenty of fun, but not historic.”

 

 

Since the new terminal was introduced in 2010, SELC has been working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and local neighborhood and historic preservation groups to highlight the problems with growing large cruise ship operations in the heart of the city’s historic district. Current cruise ship operations already threaten the character of historic Charleston by snarling traffic in downtown streets and discharging pollution into nearby historic neighborhoods and public waters.

Plans for the $35 million terminal are now in the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected to hold a public meeting on the terminal early next year.

To see the full video, click here.

More News

Southern Virginia highway proposal threatens recent progress

This week, SELC filed comments on behalf of itself and 16 organizations on the draft environmental impact statement for the wasteful and destruct...

Nashville mayor signs letter urging Congressional climate action

Nashville Mayor John Cooper is one of nearly 200 U.S. mayors advocating for a zero-carbon green economy that creates jobs and emphasizes equity b...

Thank you for fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline with us

When, on July 5th, Duke Energy and Dominion Energy abruptly cancelled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, it didn't come out of nowhere. For years, SELC...

SELC seeks nominations for 2021 Reed Environmental Writing Award

We are now accepting submissions for the 2021 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards. Nominations are welcome from anyone, including reader...

Lawsuit: Government illegally ‘cut corners’ to ram through NEPA changes

SELC is representing a group of 17 environmental organizations in a lawsuit filed today accusing the government of racing through an industry-fri...

Settlement provides relief for Duke Energy customers

The Southern Environmental Law Center recently reached a partial settlement with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and Duke Energ...

More Stories