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Charleston jumps 9.7%

With just one moth to go in its fiscal year, container volume at the Port of Charleston is up 9.7%.

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May was another record month for the South Carolina Ports Authority, with 204,457 TEU handled in total. On the fiscal year-to-date TEU volume is up 9.7%, to 2.19M TEU.


“Our volumes have been strong this fiscal year compared to fiscal 2018, particularly with SCPA’s container business, rail dray program and inland port operations,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “We plan to continue this momentum as we wrap up fiscal year 2019 at the end of June, securing our place as a top 10 container port in the U.S. I am immensely proud of our team for handling record-breaking volumes amid global trade uncertainty.”


The SCPA’s inland terminals are also doing well. “Inland Port Greer handled its highest monthly container volume last month, with 15,563 rail moves. The facility has handled 128,515 rail moves since July, up 19.4% from the same time a year ago. Inland Port Dillon saw continued growth with 2,578 rail moves in May, for total fiscal year-to-date volume of 27,001 rail moves”.


The inland terminals are supporting the SCPA’s RapidRail dray program, which provides a seamless connection between the marine terminals and rail yards, has significantly grown. The Port now handles nearly 25% of its volume by intermodal container rail, with 31,709 rail moves in May.


The Port also recently took delivery of five Konecranes RTGs, which will go into service at Wando Welch Terminal. The Port has now received 14 of the 24 RTGs ordered for the Wando terminal; which currently has 52 RTGs overall.


“SCPA is on track to end fiscal year 2019 strong after achieving its busiest May in Port history,” SCPA Board Chairman Bill Stern said. “The continued growth is a testament to SCPA employees and the maritime community. SCPA is well positioned to execute on its capital expenditures that will better prepare the Port of Charleston for the influx of cargo and bigger containerships in the coming years.”

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