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South Carolina Ports Authority Reported above Market Growth for Fiscal Year 2014

South Carolina Ports Authority Reported above Market Growth for Fiscal Year 2014

According to a recent press release, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported an overall growth this fiscal year of 8%, which is 2% above projected plans. SCPA also reported handling 19% percent more 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) than the previous fiscal year and a non-containerized cargo increase in Charleston of 3.6% more than expected. Also coming out with a strong finish, the Port of Georgetown exceeded last year’s pier tonnage by 11.8%.

SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome stated, “The implementation of our strategic plan is paying off, and the large capital investments committed to port infrastructure by the state of South Carolina and Ports Authority are yielding great dividends. Significant capital investment by major port users has also positively impacted volumes.”  

Many improvements are anticipated in the future for South Carolina ports, such as an upgrade to the Wando Welch Terminal, which will accommodate post-Panamax vessels, and a new SC Department of Commerce Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the former Charleston Naval Complex. The proposed facility will serve class I railroads CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway and is expected to consist of approximately 90 acres for the intermodal site and 42 acres for off-site road and rail improvements.


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