Ports America and partners form new South Carolina stevedoring venture


Ports America, Ceres Marine Terminals and SSA Atlantic have formed a joint venture company to provide container terminal and stevedoring services at the Port of Charleston.

In a statement, the parties said the Charleson Stevedoring Company (CSC) was launched on 4 May 2020.

It will see them work closely with the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) and will enable the most efficient use of the Port’s terminal assets and resources.

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“The new entity will provide significant benefits to the Port of Charleston, including improved container terminal services through the consolidated operations at all berths, as well as more efficient vessel turn times and improved equipment utilization,” CSC President Dan Hall said.

“The combined company will optimize use of terminal capacity and improve integration between terminal, vessel and gate operations.”

CSC’s mission is to provide a secure, safe and stable environment for its employees, while simultaneously strengthening the Port of Charleston’s position within the global marketplace.

“The Southeast is the best place to be in the port business with both its thriving business sector and growing population boosting imports and exports,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “CSC will enhance the ability to market the Port of Charleston to a broader customer base with a focus on continued growth for this strategic market.”

“As a top 10 U.S. container port, S.C. Ports recognizes its role in ensuring the efficient flow of cargo through the Port of Charleston,” SCPA COO Barbara Melvin said. “CSC will enable more efficient vessel turn times, equipment usage and staffing to handle continued growth of cargo volumes and ship sizes.”

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