Container volume through the Port of Charleston in November increased 12.6 percent from a year earlier, the 11th consecutive month of growth.
The South Carolina State Ports Authority said Charleston handled 110,716 TEUs in November. Container movements of all kinds totaled 65,251 boxes, up 14.4 percent from a year earlier.
Through the first 11 months of this year, Charleston handled 1,257,635 TEUs, an increase of 16 percent from 2009. Since the ports’ authority’s fiscal year began July 1, TEU volume is up 15.2 percent.
By The Numbers: Containerized Ocean Trade - Georgia & South Carolina Ports.
Container lifts of all sizes were up 17.5 percent during the first 11 months of this year and 15.9 percent during the last five months.
“A recovering economy and new ocean carrier services boosted our business,” said Jim Newsome, the ports authority’s president and CEO. “As we predicted, volume is softening from previous months as we reach the end of the peak season.”
Newsome said several developments, including the Nov. 1 start of a North Europe service by CMA CGM and CSAV and a new state program allowing gross weights of 100,000 pounds on container-hauling trucks, “will bear fruit moving ahead.”
The ports authority’s non-containerized cargo in November was double the budgeted projection, due to triple-digit percentage increases in breakbulk cargo. Total breakbulk volume in November was 128,386 tons. South Carolina’s breakbulk pier tonnage was up 18 percent year-over-year through November and up 19 percent for the first five months of the fiscal year.
In early 2011, the port authority will shift roll-on, roll-off operations to Columbus Street Terminal, where a $20 million improvement project is nearing completion to enhance auto carrier operations.
This move will allow the redevelopment of the Union Pier Terminal, beginning with a new cruise terminal.
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