South Carolina ports annual box volume up 8pc


South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) says its seaports handled 149,183 TEU in June, an increase of 19 per cent compared to the same month last year. In fiscal 2014, throughput rose by eight per cent to 1,684,907 TEU, according to Shipping Gazette.
"Our above-market fiscal year growth again this year is testament to strong performance in our major business segments," said president and CEO Jim Newsome.
"The large capital investments committed to port by the state of South Carolina and Ports Authority are yielding dividends. Significant capital investment by major port users has also impacted volumes," he said.
On the non-containerised cargo side, 83,399 tons were handled in June in Charleston for a total of 763,230 tons over the fiscal year.
Despite depth problems at the port of Georgetown, the terminal exceeded projected plans with 553,039 tons of cargo, up 11.8 per cent year on year.
Capital projects planned for FY2015 are aimed at supporting growth. Wando Welch Terminal will receive upgrades to accommodate increases in postpanamax vessel calls, a statement from port authorities said.
Construction at the Navy Base Terminal and harbour deepening remain key priorities for the SCPA in the coming years, as well as the opening of the SC Department of Commerce's intermodal container transfer facility.