Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Shipping at both of South Carolina’s ports was up for the month of November, according to results announced Monday at the S.C. Ports Authority (SCPA) monthly board meeting.
Georgetown’s cargo volume is up 21 percent fiscal year to date with 36,206 pier tons moved in November. The SCPA said the month’s gains are driven by domestic moves of bulk cement for the Northeastern construction industry as well as import shipments of petroleum coke and steel billet for local manufacturers.
Tonnage through the Port of Georgetown has fallen well below higher levels of the past, because of a lack of maintenance dredging at the port and through the Federal Channel to the Atlantic Ocean.
Local, state and federal business and political leaders are working towards securing the estimated $33 million required to dredge the channel to its approved 27-foot depth.
At the Port of Charleston, container traffic increased more than 6 percent in November.
The Port of Charleston handled 133,481 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, up from 125,780 TEUs moved during the same month last year. Exports have been strong throughout the year with increases of 12.5 percent container volume year over year and 7.6 percent fiscal year to date.
The next meeting of the SCPA Board will be held Wednesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m.
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