South Carolina Ports Authority reported a fiscal year-to-date container
volume record of over 1.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units
(TEU) handled since July.
SCPA moved 168,480 TEUs during the month of February, which
drove a fiscal year-over-year container volume increase of 1.07 percent.
"Our container volumes are on track leading into spring,
which is generally a strong season for the Port," said Jim Newsome, SCPA
president and CEO. "It is an exciting and busy time for the Port,
having just received two new neo-Panamax cranes and celebrated the
beginning of construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. We
look forward to the next milestone, the opening of Inland Port Dillon,
As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved
95,280 pier containers last month for a total of 795,951 containers
fiscal year to date.
Inland Port Greer also achieved a fiscal year-to-date record,
handling 10,440 rail moves in February. The facility's fiscal
year-to-date volumes are nearly 5 percent higher than last year, with
76,748 rail moves handled since July.
In non-containerized cargo, SCPA's Charleston breakbulk
facilities handled 67,173 pier tons in February for a total of 476,219
tons since the fiscal year began. Over 22,000 finished vehicles crossed
the docks in February, an increase of 1 percent over the same month last
year, and 140,275 vehicles have been handled by SCPA fiscal year to
Charleston Harbor Deepening Construction
At a ceremony held earlier in March, officials celebrated the
beginning of construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project to
"It is a monumental accomplishment to begin construction on
the Charleston Deepening Project, which make Charleston the deepest port
on the East Coast at a time when deep and wide shipping channels are
necessary," Newsome said. "The container shipping industry today is
dominated by big ships, and ports must adapt to handle them in order to
remain competitive. Our project will be completed just ten years from
its initial conception in 2010, enabling
Charleston to serve the fastest growing region in the country
with the ability to handle ships fully-loaded with heavy export goods."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District awarded the first
two construction contracts last fall, which together provide for the
deepening of the more than 20 miles long Charleston Harbor Entrance
Channel to 54 feet. Including the dredging of the upper and lower
harbors to 52 feet, the project is expected to achieve significant
completion by 2020.