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Charleston tops US container ports

  24.08.2012    

Container throughput at the Port of Charleston increased by 7.4 per cent in the first six months of the year to become the fastest-growing of the top 10 US container ports, edging out the other ports on both the US east and west coasts, the Shipping Gazette informs. 
In the fiscal year ending June 30, container traffic at the Port of Charleston was up 3.5 per cent compared with 2011, after 1.4 million TEU passed through the facility over the 12-month period. The fourth quarter of FY12 (April-June) was the port' s highest three-month period for container volume in more than three years.
"With volumes rebounding, we'll continue our aggressive business development posture highlighting Charleston's deep water advantage relative to other ports in the region," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA). "We are laser focused on attracting new business, adding shipping services and growing our cargo base, particularly, exports that require deep water."
Breakbulk volumes surged 42 per cent against the previous fiscal year, with 1.4 million tonnes recorded at South Carolina's public port facilities in FY12.
At the Port of Charleston, the SCPA handled 863,471 tonnes of non-container cargo over the fiscal year, an increase of 21 per cent on from the previous year. Major improvements to Columbus Street Terminal completed last year have boosted the SCPA's breakbulk handling of vehicles, heavy equipment, oversized/overweight and traditional breakbulk commodities.
In the Port of Georgetown, business at the dock nearly doubled with the facility handling a total of 1.41 million tonnes of cargo, with major commodities including bulk cement and petroleum coke.
Over the past fiscal year, the Port of Charleston saw four new shipping services with five weekly calls at the facility, including a first-ever direct service to Vietnam and an Australia service.
In July alone, the Port of Charleston handled 131,767 TEU, a 16 per cent increase from the same month last year and a nearly seven per cent gain from June.
"We are beginning to see the additional volume from new shipping services in our port, which are performing very well," said Mr Newsome.


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