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South Carolina ports volumes rise 12.5pc in September to 195,000 TEU

THE South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled 195,000 TEU at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in September, a year-on-year increase of 12

South Carolina ports volumes rise 12.5pc in September to 195,000 TEU

THE South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled 195,000 TEU at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in September, a year-on-year increase of 12

13 October 2019 - 19:00

THE South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled 195,000 TEU at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in September, a year-on-year increase of 12.5 per cent. During the first three months of fiscal year 2020 the port saw volumes rise 10 per cent to 638,600 TEU.

'Our fiscal year 2020 is off to a very strong start as we continue to handle record cargo volumes at our terminals,' said SCPA chief executive Jim Newsome.



SCPA's two inland ports, located in the upstate and Pee Dee regions of south Carolina, continue to register strong year-on-year growth as manufacturers and retailers benefit from the inland operations and overnight rail connections to the port of Charleston, port authorities said.



Inland port Greer handled 12,473 rail moves in September, up 40 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier. Inland port Dillon, now in its second year of operation, clocked up 2,451 rail moves in September, up 33 per cent.



SCPA also handled 22,124 vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal in September, a 30 per cent increase from last year.



'While we do anticipate a significant number of blank sailings by container carriers later this year, which will likely impact ship arrivals and cargo volumes, we remain focused on growing our business and investing in our infrastructure. In 2021, we will open the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr Terminal in north Charleston and achieve a depth of 52 feet in Charleston harbour,' Mr Newsome added.


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