SC Ports lifts 2.44m TEU in 2019 as it gets readly for big ship trades
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SOUTH Carolina Ports Authority handled 2.44 million TEU last year, representing a five per cent rise year on year, including 1.38 million pier containers at the Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals. Of those, 1.1 million containers went across the docks of the Wando terminal whilst major renovations were ongoing to enhance the terminal's big-ship readiness capabilities.
Breakbulk cargo grew in 2019 with 725,828 pier tonnes handled, up 10 per cent from a year ago. The port also handled 225,191 vehicles, up four per cent.
Inland Port Greer and Inland Port Dillon also saw record breaking activity in 2019 with 190,539 combined rail moves, up 41 per cent.
S C Ports Authority president Jim Newsome said volumes were strong across business segments in 2019, despite ongoing global trade issues.
'We enter 2020 with a great decade of growth behind us, during which we doubled our volumes, tripled our asset base and added more than 200 people to our team,' Mr Newsome said.
S C Ports handled 187,882 TEU at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in December. This brings the total TEU handled thus far in fiscal year 2020, from July through December, to 1.23 million, up four per cent year over year.
The port moved 105,783 pier containers in December for a total of 694,656 pier containers thus far in fiscal year 2020.
Breakbulk and vehicle cargo have seen strong growth. The port handled 45,816 pier tonnes in December for a total of 356,179 pier tonnes in fiscal year 2020, up 39 per cent. The port moved 16,436 vehicles across Columbus Street Terminal in December for a total of 115,607 vehicles in fiscal year 2020, up 36 per cent.
Inland Port Greer reported 10,735 rail moves in December for a total of 75,000 rail moves in fiscal year 2020, up 23 per cent. Inland Port Dillon, now in its second year of operation, reported 3,027 rail moves in December for a total of 17,000 rail moves for the fiscal year, up 32 per cent.