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SC Ports See Record Box Volumes in 2016

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced a record container volume of nearly two million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in 2016. SCPA handled 1.996 million TEUs in 2016, surpassing the previous record of 1.985 million TEUs handled in 2005. Container volume in TEU was up 1.2 percent compared to last year. Loaded TEU volume was up 4 percent year-over-year while empty container volume was down 10 percent. “This is a significant accomplishment for the SCPA of which we are very proud,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “We are cautiously optimistic about the future given the significant automotive projects that exist in the Southeast along with the seeming recovery of emerging market economies, which drives U.S. exports.

Charleston Gains Cold Storage Capacity

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) officials celebrated the newly-expanded New Orleans Cold Storage (NOCS) facility in North Charleston, an important addition to SCPA's ability to serve the growing refrigerated cargo market. Driven by SCPA's 38 percent growth of refrigerated cargo since 2011, Charleston has attracted significant investments in cold storage over the past year, SCPA said. "NOCS's expansion is significant to SCPA, especially given the strategic importance of refrigerated cargo to our business," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. Completed in November 2015, the expansion increases the facility's blast freezing capabilities by 50 percent. The addition of 81,000 square feet more than doubles NOCS's local footprint, which now offers 136,000 square feet of cold storage.

South Carolina Container Volumes Climb 5%

South Carolina Ports Authority reported a 5.4 percent increase in 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) volume fiscal year to date, with 1,029,450 TEUs handled since the period began in July. December was a solid finish to the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, with 164,480 TEUs moved last month, a year-over-year increase of nearly 14 percent. As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 92,956 boxes last month, up 12.8 percent compared to the same month last year. Fiscal year to date pier container volume is up 5.4 percent, with 580,880 boxes moved at its North Charleston and Wando Welch container terminals. "The port is experiencing an all-time high container volume, with loaded imports and exports achieving over 7 percent growth," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO.

Container Volume Up 8 Percent at SC Ports

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

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 Volumes Up at South Carolina Ports

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a nearly five percent increase in container volume since its fiscal year began in July. SCPA moved 145,092 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in January. Fiscal year-to-date volumes reached 1.12 million TEUs last month, an increase from 1.07 million TEUs handled during the same period last year. Pier container volume, or boxes handled, totaled 81,993 containers in January. Pier container volume is up 3.1 percent fiscal year over year, with 633,167 containers handled to date. "January volumes were slightly down, which we expected due to strong comparisons against last year's performance as well as weakness overseas," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.

Charleston-Charlotte Intermodal Link Improved

South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to enhance international intermodal rail service between the Port of Charleston and the Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at the Charlotte Douglass International Airport. Effective March 12, the new two-day Norfolk Southern service will operate five days per week connecting Charleston and Charlotte using existing dedicated intermodal trains. Containers moving between Charleston and Charlotte will ride an existing Norfolk Southern overnight intermodal train between Charleston and Spartanburg, where they will connect to intermodal train service between Spartanburg and Charlotte. “This…

The (Really) Big Lift

Photo: SC Ports

Cranes: much more than just critical equipment. At ZPMC, it means the supply chain itself. In post-Panamax world – that is to say one which includes an expanded, deepened and improved Panama Canal – there are many layers to the logistics onion. These include reinforced and improved berths and bollards, deepened blue water harbors, improved intermodal connections ashore and a reshuffling of ever larger tonnage for ports that can handle those ships. All of that is important, of course…

Biggest Ship to Ever Visit US East Coast

Wide, deep channels and big-ship infrastructure will earn South Carolina Ports Authority the desired position as last port of call when the biggest ship ever to call the US East Coast, the COSCO Development, arrives in May. "SCPA has worked aggressively for years to ensure we can efficiently work 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels and be the last Southeast port of call with no navigational issues," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Our naturally wide and deepwater harbor, soon to be the deepest on the entire East Coast at 52 feet, can handle vessels the COSCO Development's size loaded heavy with cargo. Coupled with our landside capacity and infrastructure…

Federal Dollars for Charleston Harbor Deepening

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project was named one of six “new starts” and received $17.5 million in construction funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year 17 Work Plan released today, allowing construction on the project to begin this fall as scheduled. Charleston also received $16.1 million in operations and maintenance dollars, which provide for the routine maintenance dredging of the harbor necessary for construction begin. Collectively the funds allocated in the Work Plan allow Charleston to continue moving forward and preparing for construction.

SC Ports Reports Record Volume in FY2017

Wando Welch Terminal. Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

South Carolina Ports Authority moved a record 2.14 million twenty-foot equivalent units in fiscal year 2017, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year’s container volumes. Highest-ever June volumes of 183,237 TEUs gave SCPA a strong finish to its fiscal year, which runs July through June. The Port’s previous record was 1.98 million TEUs, achieved in FY2006. “We had a very strong fiscal year, reflective of a capable and hard-working SCPA team and entire maritime community,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.

South Carolina is Getting Big-ship Ready

SCPA celebrated the arrival of two new super post-Panamax cranes in the Charleston Harbor on Friday. (Photo: SCPA)

The delivery of two super post-Panamax cranes at South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) on Friday marked another step in the port’s push for big ship readiness, to be followed in the coming years by the completion of the Wando Welch wharf project and harbor deepening to 52 feet. The cranes, produced by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) in China, provide 155 feet of lift height from the dock to enable SCPA to work larger container cargo ships. The cranes will be located at the Wando Welch Terminal…

SC Ports Posts Earnings of $39 Mln

Photo South Carolina Ports Authority

Today South Carolina Ports Authority reported 2016 fiscal year-end operating earnings of $39 million, revenues of $211 million and operating expenses of $172 million. "The Port closed the FY2016 books with solid financials, reflecting our commitment to achieving the necessary performance to support our aggressive capital investment plan," said SCPA Board Chairman Pat McKinney. The positive financial report comes on the heels of FY2016 container volume growth reported last month.

Charleston Handles Its Largest Ever Containership

The APL Yangshan docks at the Wando Welch Terminal. At 10,700 TEUs, the Yangshan is the largest vessel ever to call the Port of Charleston.  (Photo: SCPA)

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) welcomed the 10,700 TEU APL Yangshan, the largest containership ever to call the Port of Charleston. “The deployment of New Panamax vessels to the East Coast trade marks a new era,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “Today 16 of Charleston's 26 weekly calls are handled by vessels 5,000 TEUs or larger, and we expect to handle our first 14,000 TEU vessel call later this year. The Yangshan, which measures 1,140 feet long and 148 feet wide, can transport up to 10,700 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

SC Ports Handles Container Volume Growth

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

South Carolina Ports Authority’s 2018 fiscal year container volume through November grew 2.5 percent compared to last year, with 886,414 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled by the Port of Charleston since July. The Port moved 163,592 TEUs during the month of November, with a balanced mix of import and export cargo. As measured in pier container volume, or the total number of boxes handled, the Port moved 92,329 containers in November. Fiscal year to date, SCPA has handled 502,063 pier containers, an increase of 2.9 percent over the same period last year.

New Inland Port Planned in South Carolina

Plans to develop South Carolina’s second inland port in Dillon were announced by the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) in a move that aims to support growth of intermodal container volumes and expand access to markets in neighboring states and throughout the Northeast and Midwest, according to the SCPA. A resolution authorizing the port to move forward with construction of the terminal in the Carolinas I-95 Mega Site was unanimously approved by the SCPA Board of Directors. SCPA will break ground on the new terminal in the first quarter of 2017, and plans to open the facility by the end of the year. “Inland Port Dillon will be a great diversification of our state's logistics footprint,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.

SC Ports Posts Record August Container Volume

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported its strongest August container volumes on record. SCPA handled 180,153 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in August, a year-over-year increase of 5.6 percent. Previously, SCPA’s strongest August on record was 170,528 TEUs handled in 2015. With 357,420 TEUs moved during the first two months of the 2017 fiscal year, the Port's container volume is up 3.4 percent. As measured in pier containers, or boxes handled, SCPA also broke previous August volume records by moving 101,125 boxes last month. Fiscal year-to-date pier container volume is up 3 percent, with 201,492 boxes handled since the year began in July. “August was a stronger month for the port, particularly in loaded container volume,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.

SCPA Logs 10% 1Q Growth

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) saw strong container volume growth during the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, with TEU volumes 9.5 percent higher than the same period last year.  SCPA handled 167,549 TEUs last month, an 11.1 percent increase from September 2014 volumes. Since the 2016 fiscal year began in July, SCPA has moved 513,299 TEUs.  As measured in pier containers, 289,610 boxes have moved across SCPA docks fiscal year to date. Pier container volume is up 8.6 percent from the

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) saw strong container volume growth during the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, with TEU volumes 9.5 percent higher than the same period last year. SCPA handled 167,549 TEUs last month, an 11.1 percent increase from September 2014 volumes. Since the 2016 fiscal year began in July, SCPA has moved 513,299 TEUs. As measured in pier containers, 289,610 boxes have moved across SCPA docks fiscal year to date. Pier container volume is up 8.6 percent from the 266,741 boxes handled during the same period last fiscal year.

South Carolina Ports Report Cargo Growth

Photo courtesy of SCPA

South Carolina Ports Authority reported year-over-year growth during the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year. SCPA handled 162,858 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September. First quarter TEU volumes were up 1.4 percent over the same period last year, with 520,276 TEUs crossing SCPA docks from July to September. As measured in pier containers, or box volume, SCPA moved 91,784 containers in September. Fiscal year to date, SCPA has handled 293,275 boxes at its North Charleston and Wando Welch container terminals.

Charleston Harbor Deepening Construction Begins

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At a ceremony held earlier in March, officials celebrated the beginning of construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project to 52 feet. "It is a monumental accomplishment to begin construction on the Charleston Deepening Project, which make Charleston the deepest port on the East Coast at a time when deep and wide shipping channels are necessary," said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority president and CEO. "The container shipping industry today is dominated by big ships, and ports must adapt to handle them in order to remain competitive.

Container Volume Up 2% at SC Ports

SCPA held a celebration of its two new post-Panamax cranes with a lightng and fireworks show on the dock of its Wando Welch Terminal.  Photo South Carolina Ports Authority

Today South Carolina Ports Authority reported nearly two percent growth of twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) volume since its fiscal year began in July. SCPA handled 169,477 TEUs in October, an increase from 164,734 TEUs moved during the same month last year. Fiscal year to date, SCPA's container volume reached 689,753 TEUs, a year-over-year increase of 1.73 percent. As measured in pier containers, or total boxes moved across SCPA's docks, fiscal year-to-date volume is up by 6,227 containers.

U.S. House Passes Compromise WIN Act

Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO

Bill includes construction authorization for Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. Today's passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), formerly known as Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by the U.S. House of Representatives, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction. "We applaud the House for passing this legislation before the end of the year, which is critical to modernizing ports and port-related infrastructure across the country," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO.

U.S.House Passes New Water-Resources Measure

Courtesy South Carolina Ports Authority

Today's passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), formerly known as Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by the U.S. House of Representatives, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction. "We applaud the House for passing this legislation before the end of the year, which is critical to modernizing ports and port-related infrastructure across the country," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. "The South Carolina Delegation worked extremely hard to move this bill forward.

Record Container Volume at SC Ports

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported its strongest November container volumes on record. SCPA handled 175,217 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in November, a year-over-year increase of 14 percent. Previously, SCPA's strongest November on record was 163,121 TEUs handled in 2005. With 864,970 TEUs moved since the fiscal year began in July, the Port's container volume is up 4 percent. As measured in pier containers, or boxes handled, SCPA also broke previous November volume records by moving 99,041 boxes last month.

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