SC Ports Handle Record Cargo Volumes
May 10, 2022
Carolina Ports continues to handle record cargo volumes while making
significant progress with terminal and berth fluidity amid ongoing
supply chain challenges.
SC Ports had its highest April ever for containers handled, marking
the 14th consecutive month of cargo records at the Port of
Charleston. Strong volumes are driven by sustained retail imports,
which were up 34% in April compared to last year.
“With ongoing supply chain challenges and record cargo volumes, SC
Ports remains focused on deploying responsive, creative solutions to
return terminal and berth fluidity to normalcy for our customers,”
SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said. “We are in a strong position as we
have proactively invested more than $2 billion into our
infrastructure ahead of demand.”
SC Ports handled 264,099 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs)
at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Leatherman
Terminal in April, up 17% from last year. SC Ports has moved 2.4
million TEUs thus far in fiscal year 2022, from July through April,
up 15% fiscal year-over-year.
April marks an all-time record for pier containers, which account
for boxes of any size. SC Ports handled 145,779 pier containers last
month, a 16% increase year-over-year. Thus far in fiscal year 2022,
SC Ports has moved 1.3 million pier containers, up nearly 15% from
the same period the year prior.
Ports continues to provide real-time supply chain solutions by
hiring more than 150 people in operations, providing Sunday gates
for motor carriers, prioritizing the shipping lines taking empties
out, giving berth priority to vessels taking out more cargo and
leasing new chassis from its SMART Pool.
“Our incredibly dedicated SC Ports team and the entire maritime
community has worked tirelessly to handle consistent record cargo
volumes,” SC Ports COO Barbara Melvin said. “They have implemented
operational changes in real-time to respond to the ongoing supply
chain challenges. This has enabled us to make progress on our
backlog in an effort to keep our supply chain fluid.”
Vehicle volumes remained steady, with 21,829 rolling across the
docks of Columbus Street Terminal in April. SC Port’s two
rail-served inland ports in Greer and Dillon handled a combined
14,945 rail moves in April.
Cruise passengers continue to rebound after resuming operations in
late December, with 27,369 passengers sailing in April.