In fact, S.C. Ports finished fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, with 2.32 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals, down 2.8% from fiscal year 2019.
At the same time, S.C. Ports managed to move 1.32 million pier containers, 3.4% down from the year prior.
Following COVID-19 crisis, from January to June, S.C. Ports marked 58 blanked sailings, meaning a vessel does not arrive during its scheduled time or is rescheduled.
At the moment, S.C. Ports has had 14 additional blank sailings announced for July onward.
For the records, Port of Charleston achieved modest increase for both vehicles and pier tons in fiscal year 2020 compared to fiscal year 2019, as it handled 640,929 pier tons in fiscal year 2020, up 2.5% from the year prior.
The pandemic impacted businesses across the board and our volumes reflect that. We hope to see continued recovery as we begin fiscal year 2021.
...as S.C. Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome said.
Amid great economic challenges, S.C. Ports will remain focused on growing cargo volumes and bringing new infrastructure online in 2021.
We have positioned ourselves well for future growth as we prepare to open our state-of-the-art container terminal, the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, in this fiscal year. I look to our future with great energy and optimism.