Since the fiscal year began in July, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) saw a 5 percent increase in container volume, moving 145,092 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in January.
To date, SCPA volumes stand at 1.12 million in January TEUs, up from the previous year's total of 1.07 million.
“January volumes were slightly down, which we expected due to strong comparisons against last year’s performance as well as weakness overseas,” Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, said. “Our volumes will likely remain fairly flat during the next several months until the spring, which is traditionally a strong season for SCPA.”
At its recent meeting, the SCPA board approved an investigational excavation project on the authority's Yellow House Creek Borrow Site. Fill material mined from the site will be used on the authority's Leatherman Terminal; the project is a partnership with the South Carolina Historic Preservation Office.
Additionally, the board approved construction contracts for the authority's Wando Welch Terminal and Union Pier Terminal.