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South Carolina ports volume jumps 12pc


South Carolina Ports Authority reported the strongest February container volume in its history with fiscal year growth of 12 per cent, according to Shipping Gazette.
SCPA moved 178,131 TEU during February, with 1.6 million TEU handled since the fiscal year began in July.
As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 100,794 pier containers last month for a total of 896,039 containers fiscal year to date.
"A strong February contributed to the port's continued growth, with container volume nearly six per cent ahead of our financial plan for the first eight months of our fiscal year," said SCPA president Jim Newsome.
"We anticipate volumes from March to May will be below plan due to the impact of trade uncertainty and a significant number of blanked sailings but we ultimately expect to achieve our FY2019 plan of 1.3 million pier containers."
Inland Port Greer handled 11,245 rail moves in February, bringing the facility's fiscal year-to-date volume to 84,761 moves. Inland Port Dillon saw 2,688 rails moves in February and has handled 18,709 rails moves in FY2019.
In non-containerised cargo, SCPA's Charleston breakbulk facilities handled 68,246 pier tons in February for a total of 383,448 tons since the fiscal year began.
In a related development, the Charleston harbour deepening project to 52 feet received a US$138 million allocation in the President's fiscal year 2020 budget.
Construction on the entrance channel to 54 feet commenced in February 2018, and the US Army Corps of Engineers is expected to award the next dredging contract for deepening the lower harbour to 52 feet this autumn.

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