Container Volume Up 8 Percent at SC Ports

Container Operations at the port of Charleston, SC (CREDIT SCPA)

Posted by Joseph Keefe

The South Carolina Ports Authority reported an 8
percent increase in container volume since its fiscal year began
in July.

As previously reported, SCPA handled an all-time record container
volume in January, with 185,018 TEUs moved last month, a
year-over-year increase of nearly 28 percent. Fiscal year-to-date
volumes reached 1,214,468 TEUs moved at its North Charleston and
Wando Welch container terminals.

In pier container volume, or boxes handled, the SCPA moved
104,792 boxes last month, surpassing the previous record of
104,003 containers handled in May 2015. Container volume is up 28
percent compared to the same month last year.

"The Port handled an all-time record container volume in January,
which is traditionally one of our slower months," said Jim
Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. "It's a testament to our team
that we are able to handle the increasing container volume while
also sustaining our high level of efficiency and reliability. We
will watch our volume development closely over the last part of
our fiscal year as the new mega-alliances launch their new
deployments."

Port of Charleston handled 57,453 pier tons in January, pushing
fiscal year-to-date volume to 479,573 pier tons moved across SCPA
docks. Charleston exceeded fiscal year -to-date plans last month
by nearly 6 percent.

Rail moves at Inland Port Greer continued to be strong, with
9,593 moves last month. With 63,665 rail lifts since July, the
facility's rail volume is up 28 percent over the same period last
year.

Feb 15, 2017

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