the heels of today's State of the Port, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported container volume of 177,728 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) handled in August.
Fiscal year to date, SCPA's container volume is ahead of last year with 360,139 TEUs handled since July.
As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, the Port
handled 100,427 containers in August. Nearly 204,000 pier containers
moved across the docks of the Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals
in July and August combined.
"Fall is a traditionally strong season for the Port, and we
look for year-over-year volumes to increase in September and October
compared to moderate growth in August," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president
In non-containerized cargo, SCPA handled 45,615 pier tons in
August. Charleston has moved 88,035 tons of breakbulk cargo fiscal year
Inland Port Greer handled 12,742 rail moves in August, the second-highest month in its history. The facility is 18 percent ahead of last fiscal year's volumes, with 19,753 rail moves handled over the last two months.
The Board approved a construction contract for the first
phase of a project to improve traffic flow at the Wando Terminal. The
project includes the addition of an outbound truck lane, additional
outbound security kiosks, extension of inbound truck queue lanes and a
new parking lot to serve the terminal office building.
Groundbreaking for New SCPA Headquarters
today, SCPA held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new
headquarters in Mount Pleasant. The new 84,000 square foot headquarters
at the Wando Welch Terminal will house approximately 200 employees who
are currently working from multiple office locations.
is extremely excited to break ground on our new headquarters, which
serve as a single, modern campus for employees with direct access to
terminal operations," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "The
Port adopted a new vision and values last year as part of a culture
change initiative for our 500 employees, and a logical extension of that
effort is the development of a new building that consolidates all
office employees into one space. I also believe that our customers want
to see ships and a terminal operating when they visit us - that's the
nature of our business, and the location of our headquarters near the
Wando Welch Terminal, our busiest container terminal, is ideal in that
headquarters is a design-build project that was awarded to Choate
Construction Company and LS3P in May. The design will support
cross-functional collaboration and communication across departments with
an open floor plan, ample meeting space and glass atrium that extends
through all four floors. Sustainability has been an important focus of
the design process, and plans include water and energy reduction
measures, high-efficiency HVAC and lighting, and an energy monitoring
system to optimize energy consumption.
have strong partners in Choate and LS3P and look forward to making the
building our new home late next year," Newsome said. "We are also
thankful to Lowe Enterprises, whose purchase of our existing building
made this important move possible for the Port."