Last month was recorded as South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA)’s strongest July in Port history, with volumes up 5% year-on-year at its Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals.
The two facilities handled 210,542 teu within the month and, as measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 119,700 pier containers in July – also up 5%.
SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said: “We accomplished so much in fiscal year 2019, including record cargo volumes and rail moves. We are excited to see fiscal year 2020 starting off so strong.
“Our entire maritime community – especially those working our terminals and running our operations – make these achievements possible.”
Rail moves at Inland Port Greer were up 57% from the same period in 2018, marking its second-busiest month and strongest July ever with 15,338 rail moves.
In its second year of operation, Inland Port Dillon rail moves increased by 122% to 2,889 rail moves in July.
Newsome added: “In fiscal 2020, we will work to grow our cargo volumes, particularly with increased retail cargo and distribution centre presence, to support our ongoing infrastructure projects.
“In 2021, we will have the deepest harbour on the East Coast and the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal – the only new container terminal in the U.S – will open in North Charleston.”