Charleston Container Volume Up, Dredging Project on Schedule
During a recent South Carolina Ports Association (SCPA) meeting the twelfth straight month of year-over-year growth was noted.
Container volume for the first eight months of the fiscal year are up more than 11 percent to 1,024,121 TEUs handled from July to February, up from 920,547 TEUs during the same period last year.
Before convening the meeting, the SCPA Board was joined by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and LTC Ed Chamberlayne of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District to discuss progress on Charleston's post-45 harbor deepening project. The project's feasibility study is now at the midway mark.
Chamberlayne told the Board that there is a lot of active work ongoing in the harbor today as part of the study's information gathering. In two years "we've come a very long way," he said. Chamberlayne explained that many parts of the project are ahead of schedule and the project is presently fully funded and on an aggressive timetable.
Sen. Graham congratulated LTC Chamberlayne on the progress made and thanked him for his leadership.
Graham also noted that new legislation that will be introduced in Congress would establish a more merit-based approach to harbor improvement projects by fully utilizing the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. He predicted that Charleston's project would compete well for federal funding, which would cover 40 percent of the project's construction cost.