South Carolina Ports Authority’s fiscal year-to-date volumes are nearly 2 percent higher than last year, with record-breaking container volumes handled in April.

South Carolina Ports Posts Fiscal Year Growth
Caption: SC Ports is purchasing 26 new rubber-tired gantry cranes to handle container volume growth at the Wando Welch Terminal and Inland Port Greer.

As previously announced, SCPA has moved 1.8 million TEUs since July, compared to 1.78 million during the same period last fiscal year. The Port achieved a record April, with 196,439 TEUs handled during the month.

SCPA’s strong container volume was also reflected in April volumes at Inland Port Greer. The facility handled 9,577 rail moves last month for a fiscal year-to-date total of 96,937 lifts.

In non-containerized cargo, the Port handled 51,426 pier tons in April. Since the fiscal year began in July, 608,829 tons of breakbulk cargo have moved across the docks in Charleston.

RTG purchase

At its monthly Board of Directors meeting today, the Port announced plans to purchase 26 rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes from Konecrane. The $46.4 million contract includes 24 new RTGs for the Wando Welch Terminal to support SCPA’s plans to modernize operations and increase container yard capacity of its existing terminal facilities. Inland Port Greer will receive two of the new cranes to support continued volume growth of the facility.

Source: SCPA