The Port of Nashville is located on the navigable Cumberland River in north central Tennessee. With a channel depth of 2.7 meters (nine feet), the Port of Nashville is an official Port of Entry for the United States. Most of the port facilities along the Cumberland in the Port of Nashville are privately owned and operated.
The City of Nashville owns, and operates jointly with Belle Carol Riverboat Company, the Port of Nashville Municipal Wharf as a landing for harbor excursion vessels and for mooring other boats. With alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet), the Port of Nashville Municipal Wharf has berthing distance of 152.4 meters (500 feet) and 27.4 meters (90 feet).
Cherokee Equity Corporation owns, and Cherokee Marine Terminal Inc. operates a bulk dock in the Port of Nashville for shipping and receiving dry bulk commodities that include sand and gravel, coke, salt, ferroalloys, and dry bulk fertilizers. The barge dock is used to moor company-owned floating equipment. At the rear of the Cherokee Marine Terminal in the Port of Nashville is a five-acre paved open storage area that has capacity for 20 thousand tons of dry bulk cargo. Covered storage is shared with the Steel Dock and Fleet Mooring. One surface rail track serves the storage area and connects with the Illinois Central Railroad and CSX Rail Transport. The Port of Nashville's Cherokee Marine Terminal dry bulk facility has berthing distance of 59.4 meters (195 feet) with alongside depths of 3 and 6.1 meters (10 and 20 feet) and a second berth of the same length with alongside depth of 6.1 meters (20 feet).
The Cherokee Marine Terminal, Steel Dock and Fleet Mooring, in the Port of Nashville is used to receive and occasionally ship general cargo that includes machinery, steel products, and packaged goods. Mooring barges are used for company fleeting. The Port of Nashville's Steel Dock and Fleet Mooring includes one 1114 square-meter (12 thousand square foot), one 2323 square meter (25 thousand square foot), and one 1.1-acre (50 thousand square foot) warehouse building at the rear of the dock which is shared with the dry bulk dock described above. The upper fleet has capacity to moor about nine barges, and the lower fleet can moor about 15 barges. One surface rail track serves the storage area and connects with the Illinois Central Railroad and CSX Rail Transport. The Steel Dock and Fleet Mooring at the Port of Nashville's Cherokee Marine Terminal has berthing distance of 4.6 and 67.1 meters (15 and 220 feet) with alongside depths of 2.7, 3.0, 4.6, and 6.1 meters (nine, ten, 15, and 20 feet).
The Belle Carol Riverboat Company owns and operates the Music Valley Landing in the Port of Nashville for landing passengers and mooring excursion vessels. The Port of Nashville's Music Valley Landing has berthing distance of 61 meters (200 feet) with alongside depth of three meters (ten feet).
Located on the Cumberland River in the western area of the Port of Nashville, Rock Harbor Marine is about ten miles from downtown Nashville. Rock Harbor Marine operates a marina and a service department in the Port of Nashville. The marina has 155 covered wet slips from 7.6 to 16.8 meters (25 to 55 feet), and visitors can reserve transient slips. The slips are protected by locked gates and have water and electric service (30 and 50 amp), and hook-ups are available for cable TV and phones. This Port of Nashville marina has gas and diesel fuel as well as restrooms and showers. The ship's store sells filters, oil, ice, beverages, and a variety of items. Pump-out facilities are available to boaters. The Port of Nashville's Rock Harbor Marine is open from Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm in the summer and from 8am to 4:30pm in the winter.
The Service Department at Rock Harbor Marine in the Port of Nashville is a MerCruiser Platinum Dealer, and technicians have more than 25 years of experience. The department has a 50-ton travel lift for bottom repairs, surveys, and routine service. Rock Harbor Marine also has four service bays. Its service yard and new enclosed shop can accommodate larger yachts.