Container throughput in the Port of Charleston increased 10 percent in the first 10 months of fiscal 2011, from July through April.
In that period, Charleston’s public port facilities handled 666,831 pier containers, up from 605,632 in the same 10-month period last year, the South Carolina State Ports Authority said Tuesday.
Breakbulk volume through the state’s ports – driven primarily by vehicle shipments from BMW and energy-related projects – rose 40 percent from 551,000 tons last year to 773,000 tons this year.
The SCSPA’s board approved two projects at its regular monthly board meeting Tuesday.
As part of the organization’s Security Improvement Plan, the Ports Authority is acquiring five modular pre-manufactured structures for use as guard and security buildings at the North Charleston, Columbus Street and Veterans Terminals.
B.I.G. Enterprises will provide the buildings at a cost of $536,425. The purchase will be funded through a combination of federal Port Security Grants, 75 percent, and the SCSPA, 25 percent.
The board also approved a project to adjust timber fenders between the ship and the dock at the existing Union Pier passenger terminal. Salmons Dredging of Charleston is a possible candidate to do the work at a cost of $197,764.