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Port of Charleston hits record container volume in January

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The Port of Charleston reported a record 105,000 pier containers handled in January. (Photo/File)The Port of Charleston handled a record 105,000 pier containers, or shipping boxes of any size, in January — a 28% jump from the same time last year.

This volume surpassed the previous record of 104,000 pier containers handled in May 2015, the S.C. State Ports Authority said in a news release.

The port handled around 93,000 pier containers in December, up 12.8% from the year prior.

Port CEO Jim Newsome said during the January board meeting that container volume is at an all-time high going into the second half of fiscal 2017.

Newsome said the port remains focused on improving turn times inside terminals for truck drivers, securing federal funding for the harbor deepening project and continuing work at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant in preparation of the post-Panamax ships expected this year.

Fiscal year 2017 results, July–December:

Description

FY17 results so far

Percent change from
same period in FY16

TEUs

1,029,450

5.4%

Breakbulk tons

422,120

-7.3%

Vehicles

126,626

-7.1%

Pier containers

580,880

5.4%

Cruise passengers

111,619

3.6%

Operating revenues

$111.3 million

5.9%

Total expenses

$89.3 million

4.4%

Operating earnings

$22 million

12.9%

Ships docked

902

-6.4%

 Source: S.C. State Ports Authority       

          

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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