Coal Terminal

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 7, Pg. 52-53

Document Type: Feature article


The Charleston Shipyard River Coal Terminal was constructed by converting a port-side chemical plant at a third of the cost of equivalent major coal terminals. A staged program for the coal terminal construction, designed to accomodate changing market conditions, made maximum use of available resources. The $30 million expansion involved an early start on the train receiving and shiploading with least investment, reinforcement of the existing dock, conversion of the existing ship unloader, installation of rail loop tracks and unlimited ground storage to start. Terminal design required consideration of soil conditions on the construction site.

Subject Headings: Railroad tracks | Railroad trains | Construction sites | Shipyards | Rivers and streams | Chemicals | Investments | Soil stabilization

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