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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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SC Ports Record 18% Container Volume Increase

Photo: SCPA

The SC Ports Authority handled 152,917 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, in January, marking an 18 percent boost in container volumes over the same month last year. January container traffic pushed fiscal year to date TEU volumes past the 1 million mark, with 1,072,438 TEUs moved since the period began in July. Fiscal year to date, TEU volumes are up 14 percent year over year. As measured in pier containers, SCPA moved 88,619 boxes in January. With 614,372 boxes handled fiscal year to date, pier container levels are up 15 percent compared to the same period last year.

Transportation Sec., Maritime Administrator, VP Biden Visit Charleston Port

 Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, and Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen at the Wando Welch Terminal Project in Charleston as part of the secretary’s four-day, five state GROW AMERICA Express bus tour aimed at encouraging Congress to act on a long-term transportation bill. Current surface transportation funding is set to expire on May 31st. “The infrastructure we’re helping to build here at the Wando Welch Terminal means a safer, more efficient, and economically competitive facility,” said Secretary Fox.

SC Ports Box Volumes Rise 10% in 2015

The Baltic Mecur II arrived at the Columbus Street Terminal on January 8, 2016 as the first vessel call by Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, a new regular shipping service. (Photo: SCPA)

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) posted 10 percent container growth in 2015, a year highlighted by strong volumes and significant progress on the harbor deepening project. SCPA handled 144,718 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in December, pushing total container volume to 1.97 million in 2015. As measured in pier containers, or total boxes handled, SCPA's two container terminals moved 1.12 million boxes in 2015, an increase of 9.54 percent over 1.02 million containers handled last year.

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.

JonRie Winch set for McAllister Towing

Photo JonRie InterTech LLC

JonRie Marine Winches supplied its 6th ship set of Full 90 Ton Winch to McAllister Towing of NY installed on their new tug Jeffrey McAllister. The 92’ (30 meter) x 36’ (11 meter) Z-Drive Tug was built by Eastern Shipbuilding, Panama City, FL. The 5,150 HP tugs with a bollard pull of 75 Tons is the latest addition to the McAllister Fleet. The JonRie Series 250 Escort Winch was designed to handle in the Recover mode the full Bollard Pull of the vessel. The winch is capable of 180,000 lbs.

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.

Maritime Security Experts Meet in Jacksonville

One of the MARSEC East 205 boat demonstrations featured a pursuit and arrest of noncompliant boaters in an exclusion area.  (Photo by William Lusk)

Maritime security experts are gathering this week at Maritime Security 2015 East in Jacksonville, Florida, to exchange information and ideas, as well as learn about and see emerging technologies and operational concepts in action. Presentations were made by speakers from the Navy and Coast Guard, along with state, city and local organizations with maritime security and law enforcement responsibilities. The event is taking place at the Jacksonville JAXPORT Cruise Terminal. A dramatic on water demonstration was led by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

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.

Charleston Port Joins USDA Cold Treatment Program

Nelly Yunta, vice president, Customized Brokers. Photo Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Miami-based subsidiary specializing in Customs clearance of imported perishable apparel and refrigerated products, said it could begin clearing certain produce requiring cold-treatment from Peru, Uruguay and Argentina into the Port of Charleston, S.C. as early as this Spring. This development would indicate an expansion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) cold treatment pilot program that has previously been rolled out in South Florida and in Savannah, Ga.

Panama Canal Expansion Boosts US East Coast Port Volumes

File photo: ACP

As the Panama Canal’s newly operational expanded lane helps set monthly tonnage records, the project’s impacts are being felt along the U.S. East Coast. Effects of the canal’s expansion are reverberating well-beyond Panama’s shores, as ports around the world are in varying stages of work to deepen and widen their channels to accommodate the growing number of Neopanamax vessels that can now transit the canal. Now nearly one year on from the first vessel transit through the expanded waterway, many ports are benefitting, particularly those along the U.S. East Coast.

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…

SC Ports Authority Plans 2nd Inland Port Facility

The South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland port facility, driven by the success of Inland Port Greer and demand for enhanced efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston and growing markets in South Carolina and North Carolina. "Inland Port Greer is one of SCPA's most successful investments, as the growth of intermodal container volume movement in our state and region requires appropriate facilities in the interior to ground loaded and empty containers and to leverage the efficiency and sustainability of rail transportation," SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said. "If it is feasible, an additional inland port will be a great diversification of our logistics footprint.

SC Ports Box Volumes Up Nearly 15%

Photo: SCPA

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) informs it has handled nearly 15 percent more pier containers fiscal year to date than the same period last year, with total box volume through April climbing to nearly 900,000 containers. SCPA handled 96,166 pier containers in April, compared to 86,505 boxes moved during the same month last year. The port plans to handle more than 1 million containers by the completion of its fiscal year on June 30. As measured in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), container volume is up 13.9 percent fiscal year to date.

Port of Charleston Cleared after Bomb Scare

File photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

A container terminal at the Port of Charleston has resumed normal operations after being cleared of a potential bomb threat aboard a containership. At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday authorities were informed of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis moored at Charleston's Wando terminal, forcing a temporary evacuation of the terminal while federal, state and local bomb detection units investigated the threat. Law enforcement identified four containers aboard the Maersk Memphis where the threat was posed. The containers were scanned and cleared.

SC Ports See Container Volume Uptick

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a 2.8 percent increase in 20 foot-equivalent unit (TEU) volume fiscal year to date, handling 1.6 million TEUs since July 2015. SCPA said it moved 157,959 TEUs in April, bringing SCPA's calendar year-to-date container volume to 631,753 TEUs. As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 89,326 containers last month. Since the fiscal year began in July, SCPA has moved 907,259 containers across the docks of its Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals. “April loaded container volumes were slightly below last year, a trend we're seeing consistently in the reported volumes across the major East Coast ports,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.

Detyens Sees Uptick in International Repair Work

Photo: Detyens Shipyards, Inc

International vessels have been trading in the Port of Charleston, S.C. for centuries. While Charleston is the sixth largest container port in the U.S., it is also home to Detyens Shipyards, Inc (DSI). In the past several years, DSI has seen an increase in the number of dry dock inquiries and bookings from International vessel operators. “In the last two quarters, we’ve dry docked eight internationally owned and operated vessels,” explained Peter Browne, Vice President of Estimating.

Container Weighing Protocol Set for Port of Charleston

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has today filed a rule in its Marine Terminal Operating Schedule (MTOS) outlining its process for adherence to the IMO regulations regarding Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation VI/2, consistent with the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Information Safety Bulletin on this topic, which outlined that existing procedures to comply with U.S. terminal safety regulations could be used to comply with this important regulation. This provision allows the Port of Charleston to provide VGM data directly to ocean carriers via EDI 322 messages as today and provides that shippers using the Port of Charleston authorize this practice, unless they make other arrangements with their ocean carrier.

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.

USCG’s New Cutter Powered by GE

Hamilton enroute to commissioning (photo courtesy of HII)

National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) was commissioned by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on December 6, 2014, at its home port of Charleston, S.C. GE Marine reports that the vessel is powered by one GE LM2500 gas turbine and two diesel engines in a Combined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) propulsion system. Constructed in Pascagoula at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division, Hamilton previously completed a series of sea trials that proved the successful operation of a variety of components including the CODAG system.

ZPMC gives Cranes a lift at APM LA Terminal

ZPMC Crrane Services Los Angeles Photo APM

The tallest port crane in North America was recently raised to that height by ZPMC, which raised the crane 33 feet (10.08 meters) to prepare for Ultra-Large Container Vessels calling at APM Terminal’s Pier 400. In a landmark project that kicked off July 1, 2016, ZPMC NA is upgrading 10 cranes for APM Pier 400 Terminal. When complete, the cranes will be able to service ships carrying up to 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEUs). Prior to this crane raise, the largest vessels that could be serviced at the Port of Los Angeles were 13,000 TEUs.

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