THE South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has reported its busiest November on record handling 175,217 2TEU during the month, a 14 per cent increase compared with November 2015, and a 7 per cent increase compared with the previous November record of 163,121 TEUs set in 2005.
The ports authority said it has handled 864,970 TEU moves since the fiscal year began in July, and container volume is up 4 per cent, according to media reports.
The SCPA said it also broke previous November volume records for pier containers, or boxes handled ?99,042 during the past month. Year to date, its pier container volume has increased four per cent, with 487,924 boxes moved at its North Charleston and Wando Welch container terminals.
"The port had a record November of close to 100,000 pier containers with continued year-on-year growth in the loaded container segment and the resurgence of empty exports through calls by extra loader vessels," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of SCPA, in a statement.
"We are ahead of a plan for the fiscal year 2017 but expect a seasonally modest December through February as lines adjust to slowing world trade and prepare for new alliance deployments. The South Carolina Inland Port Greer continued to handle near-record volumes as we prepare to build a second inland port in Dillon County."
The ports authority said its non-containerised cargo volumes in Charleston exceeded fiscal year to date plans during the past month by 11 per cent. Charleston handled 66,953 pier tonnes of breakbulk cargo in November.
There were 9,465 rail moves at the ports authority's inland port in Spartanburg County during the month. For the year, the facility's volume has increased nearly 31 per cent to 44,893 rail moves, compared to the same period of July through November during the previous year.