The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported its strongest November container volumes on record.
SCPA handled 175,217 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in November, a year-over-year increase of 14 percent. Previously, SCPA’s strongest November on record was 163,121 TEUs handled in 2005. With 864,970 TEUs moved since the fiscal year began in July, the Port’s container volume is up 4 percent.
As measured in pier containers, or boxes handled, SCPA also broke previous November volume records by moving 99,041 boxes last month. Fiscal year-to-date pier container volume is up 4 percent, 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, SCPA president and CEO. “We are ahead of 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, SC.”
SCPA’s non-containerized cargo volumes in Charleston exceeded fiscal year-to-date plans last month by 11 percent. Charleston handled 66,953 pier tons of breakbulk cargo in November.
Rail moves at Inland Port Greer continued to be strong, with 9,465 moves in November. Fiscal year-to-date volumes are up nearly 31 percent compared to the same period last year, with 44,892 rail moves since July.
Two Charleston elementary students earned $500 from SCPA for their school, thanks to their winning entries in a Port contest to name cranes at the Wando Welch Terminal.
Charleston County School District students in third through fifth grade submitted names for two new super post-Panamax cranes, which move containers on and off ships. Over 400 entries were submitted.
A team of SCPA employees selected the following two entries, which have been painted onto the cranes: Cranebob Bluepants, submitted by Belle Hall Elementary School fifth grade student Jacob Blackburn, and Heavy Metal, submitted by Belle Hall Elementary School fifth grade student Annabelle Horton.
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer. In 2015 SCPA handled international commerce valued at more than $74 billion while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. An economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. Home to the Southeast’s deepest port, SCPA is the industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.