For the fiscal year ending June 30, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced growth in both container volume and breakbulk tonnage at Charleston sites, along with significant cargo volume at its Inland Port in Greer.
The South Carolina Ports Authority, based in Charleston, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston and Georgetown as well as Greer. During FY2016, SCPA handled 1.9 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), marking a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year and representing approximately 1.1 million boxes or pier containers.
“Our non-containerized cargo segments performed well, and we saw record-setting growth at Inland Port Greer,” SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said. “Looking ahead, the Port expects container volumes to increase as a result of the upsizing of ships with the Panama Canal expansion.”
In non-containerized cargo, Charleston breakbulk tonnage achieved volumes fully one-third higher than anticipated, with over 900,000 pier tons handled. Additionally, roll-on/roll-off cargo increased, with record-breaking numbers of vehicles unloaded at the Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, the city’s combination breakbulk and container depot.
“Our port has made significant progress on key projects this fiscal year, including harbor deepening, Leatherman Terminal construction and the Wando Terminal wharf project,” Pat McKinney, SCPA board chairman, said. “We are well-positioned to meet the changing needs of our industry and remain focused on increasing growth while completing the necessary improvements to our facilities and infrastructure to be competitive into the future.”
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