Container volumes at South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) rose by 9% in February on a fiscal year-over-year basis.
SCPA handled 175,820 teu last month, an 11% increase over February 2016, bringing the port authority’s total fiscal year-to-date volume to almost 1.4m teu.
Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, stated: ” Last month’s volumes reflect strong growth over last year, and we handled the highest pier container volume ever during a February.
“Looking ahead, spring is traditionally a busy season for us, but volumes may be inconsistent due to the implementation of new shipping alliances.”
The port authority recently broke ground on its newest facility, Inland Port Dillon, which offers overnight access to and from the Port of Charleston via a CSX mainline.
The first phase of the project will open during the first quarter of 2018 and is expected to handle at least 45,000 containers annually.
The SCPA hopes that the inland port will offer port users close proximity to markets along the I-95 corridor and rail access to customers throughout the Carolinas and into the Northeast and Midwest.
Newsome stated that “several critical components” had made the SCPA’s second inland port possible, including a cargo base in the area to serve as an anchor customer and an existing Class One railroad.
The port authority’s first inland port – Inland Port Greer – surpassed five-year volume projections in less than three years, with Newsome hoping the new facility can produce similar results.