Container volume at the port was up 1.2 percent compared to 2015. File photo
The South Carolina Ports Authority posted a record container volume of nearly 2 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 the previous 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,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “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."
The South Carolina Inland Port Greer handled a record 103,639 rail lifts in 2016, an increase of 38 percent over the previous calendar year.
"Our focus is squarely on realizing ongoing enhancements to handle the significant deployment of big container ships, specifically refurbishing our wharves, raising our cranes, deepening our harbor as soon as possible, and expanding our successful inland port network with a second inland port facility in Dillon,” Newsome said.
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