Although the global trade issues that running this period, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced that marked the best calendar year in its history. Namely, the port managed to handle about 2.44 million TEUs in 2019, meaning a 5% growth during the previous years.
Of the above-mentioned records, 1.1 million containers went across the Wando terminal’s docks, while vital renovation projects were under-construction, in order to boost the terminal’s big-ship readiness capabilities.
We enter 2020 with a great decade of growth behind us, during which we doubled our volumes, tripled our asset base and added more than 200 people to our team.
…Jim Newsome, S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO said, commending that volumes were strong across business segments in 2019, despite the ongoing global trade tensions.
Moreover, the breakbulk cargo noted an increase of 10% in comparison to last year’s cargo, handling up to 725.828 pier tons.
The port also handled 225.191 vehicles marking a 4% growth, as its cruise passengers were up to 24% during 2019, noting a significant number of 262.776 cruise passengers.
Our ongoing growth supports our long-planned, vital infrastructure projects, which are close to becoming a reality.
… Jim Newsome continued.
Back in December 2019, S.C. Ports handled 187.882 TEUs at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals, bringing the total TEUs handled thus far in fiscal year 2020, from July through December, to 1.23 million, a 4% year-over-year.
In 2021, S.C. Ports will open the first phase of the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal and achieve a 52-foot depth in Charleston Harbor.
… S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO noted.
Concluding, S.C. Ports Authority owns and manages public marine terminals and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer, as is soon going to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet.