The South Carolina Ports Authority (SC Ports) has made a strong start to 2021 with a 2.5% year-on-year (YoY) increase in TEU volume in January.
The Port handled 216,265 TEU at its Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals last month and took its volume up to 1.43 million TEU this fiscal year, which began July 1.
Inland Port Greer – SC Ports’ rail-served inland port in the Upstate of South Carolina – sustained momentum with a record January, with 13,401 rail moves, a YoY increase of 16%.
To continue growing above market, SC Ports has invested more than $2 billion to build timely, world-class infrastructure, including opening Phase One of the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal and deepening Charleston Harbor to 52ft in 2021.
SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome, said, “Companies rely on South Carolina Ports to have efficient operations, big-ship capabilities and ample capacity as we move their cargo to and from global markets.
“Our major infrastructure projects are coming online at the right time as we grow and diversify our cargo base in the booming Southeast market, ensuring South Carolina remains globally competitive for decades to come.”
SC Ports finished 2020 with a record December and recently updated its forecast as volumes continue to rebound during the pandemic.
SC Ports COO Barbara Melvin also commented, “Our SC Ports team and the entire maritime community continue to show up every day during a pandemic, working to keep the supply chain fluid to ensure the swift delivery of goods to hospitals, businesses, manufacturers and consumers.
“We are grateful to every essential worker who keeps freight moving.”