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Port’s volume growth continues

Staff Report //February 10, 2020//

Port’s volume growth continues

Staff Report //February 10, 2020//

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The S.C. Ports Authority saw record container volumes and steady growth in other sectors last month as its fiscal year continues to progress at a similar pace to last year.

The port moved 211,020 TEUs — an industry measurement equivalent to a 20-foot container — across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in January, the highest total ever for January TEU volumes. The ports authority has handled 1.44 million TEUs so far this fiscal year, which started in July.

Measured by the total number of boxes handled, the port moved 118,943 pier containers in January, for a total of 813,599 pier containers this fiscal year.

At this point last year, the port had handled 1.40 million TEUs and 795,245 pier containers.

The port moved 15,546 vehicles at the Columbus Street Terminal last month, bringing the fiscal year total to 131,153 — a 32% increase in volume year over year.

The S.C. Ports Authority’s inland port network also continued to see growth in January, with Inland Port Greer reporting 11,552 rail moves last month and Inland Port Dillon reporting 3,237 rail moves. The inland ports have reported a combined total of 105,996 rail moves this fiscal year, up 18% year over year.

The 892-foot Carnival Sunshine launched from the S.C. Ports Authority cruise terminal in May. (Photo/provided)Last month, 26,522 cruise passengers came through the Port of Charleston. Cruise passenger numbers are up 48% year over year, with 179,792 passengers moved this fiscal year.

The port said in a news release that much of the increase is attributable to Carnival’s new Sunshine ship, which accommodates more passengers. The 892-foot-long Sunshine holds 3,002 passengers.