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Port sees 10% increase in container volumes in FY17

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The 13,926-TEU OOCL France called on the Port of Charleston in June before heading for Hong Kong. (Photo/Skyview Aerial Solutions)Container volumes at the Port of Charleston are up 10% at the end of fiscal year 2017 compared with fiscal 2016, according to the S.C. State Ports Authority.

The maritime agency moved a record 2.14 million TEUs — an industry measurement representing 20 feet worth of container — in fiscal 2017, which ended June 30.

The previous record was reached in fiscal 2006, with 1.98 million TEUs handled, the port said. In June, the port moved some 183,000 TEUs.

The port moved 1.21 million pier containers, or boxes of any size, during fiscal 2017, surpassing the previous record of 1.13 million boxes in fiscal 2005.

The Inland Port in Greer finished the fiscal year with 122,000 moves, up 33% from fiscal 2016.

“We had a very strong fiscal year, reflective of a capable and hardworking SCPA team and entire maritime community,” ports CEO Jim Newsome said in a statement. “Such growth enables the port to continue to make the necessary investments in equipment and infrastructure to support the big ships being deployed to the East Coast today.”

During last month’s board meeting, board members unanimously approved the agency’s largest capital spending plan to date, which includes $262.3 million in projects.

Much of those funds will go toward the deepening of Charleston Harbor; improvements at the Wando Welch Terminal; and the construction of a second inland port in Dillon County, a new port office headquarters in Mount Pleasant and a large-scale marine terminal in North Charleston.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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