MARITIME ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Est. 1926

FOR THE MARITIME COMMERCE & LOGISTICS SECTOR



MARITIME ASSOCIATION NEWS & NOTES

  • Friday, March 11, 2022 10:21 AM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    CHARLESTON, SC — March 10, 2022 – South Carolina Ports had a record February for containers handled at the Port of Charleston. 

     

    SC Ports handled 230,420 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in February, up 26% year-over-year.

     

    SC Ports has moved more than 1.87 million TEUs thus far in fiscal year 2022, from July through February, up 16% fiscal year-over-year.

     

    “February marked the twelfth consecutive month of monthly year-over-year container records at SC Ports,” said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports CEO. “With record throughput volumes, we continue to experience a high number of import containers awaiting delivery on our terminals. We remain focused on creative solutions and executing our vital infrastructure projects, including the completion of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project this fall, initiating construction on the rail-served Navy Base Intermodal Facility and inner-harbor barge project, and advancing towards a quick completion of the Inland Port Greer expansion project.”

     

    SC Ports handled 127,492 pier containers – which accounts for containers of any size – in February, up nearly 26% from a year ago.

     

    Thus far in fiscal year 2022, SC Ports has moved 1.04 million pier containers, up nearly 16% fiscal year-over-year.

     

    In February, SC Ports handled 119,582 loaded import TEUs, up 46% from last year as retail imports continue to drive the sustained cargo growth. Simultaneously, the Port handled 54,755 loaded export TEUs, down nearly 19% from the same month last year. As SC Ports experiences an increasing imbalance, loaded import volumes were more than double loaded export volumes in February. 

     

    “Together, with our teammates, broader maritime community and motor carriers, we continue to work through this unprecedented time of supply chain challenges,” Newsome said. “The strength of our port continues to be in our highly skilled workforce and how we adapt collectively to keep freight moving for our customers.”

    About South Carolina Ports Authority

    South Carolina Ports Authority, established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion in annual economic activity. SC Ports is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet. SC Ports is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. Please visit www.scspa.com to learn more about SC Ports.

     


  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 1:56 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    $450 million in port grants aimed at cutting consumer costs

    First round of maritime funding nearly doubles the amount released in FY21

    The U.S. Maritime Administration announced on Wednesday nearly $450 million in FY22 competitive grant funding for projects to help ports speed cargo flows and ultimately lower costs for consumers.

    That amount, to be made available through MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP), nearly doubles the amount released late last year in FY21 grants.

    Under the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, the $2.25 billion in total funds allocated for the program for fiscal years 2022 through 2026 is roughly the same amount released in federal port funding programs since MARAD — an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation — began providing such funds in 2009.

    “We’re proud to announce this funding to help ports improve their infrastructure — to get goods moving more efficiently and help keep costs under control for American families,” commented Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

    “President Biden is leading the largest ever federal investment in modernizing our country’s ports, which will improve our supply chains and the lives of Americans who depend on them.”

    PIDP grants support projects that “will improve the movement of goods to, through and around ports,” according to DOT. “Furthermore, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law calls upon applicants to explore ways to include projects that will improve goods movement while also strengthening resilience, reducing emissions and advancing environmental justice.”

    The grants also meet policy recommendations in DOT’s one-year supply chain report, expected to be released later Wednesday, that is focused on improving the movement of goods from ships to shelves.

    Congress provided first-year funds of $293 million for the program in FY19 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act and continued funding the program at $225 million in FY2020 and $230 million in FY2021.

    “The historic investments made by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help remove bottlenecks by enabling ports to expand capacity and improve intermodal connections,” said Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley. “The grant funds will also create new jobs across the U.S. maritime industry.” 

    Full Article: $450 million in port grants aimed at cutting consumer costs - FreightWaves

  • Monday, February 14, 2022 5:05 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    NEWS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release

    February 14, 2022

    State leads the nation as top exporter of tires and completed passenger motor vehicles

    S.C. export sales topped $29.7 billion in 2021 

    COLUMBIA, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the SC Ports Authority today announced that the state's 2021 export sales totaled $29.7 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The state remains the top exporter of tires and completed passenger motor vehicles.

    “International trade plays an incredibly important role in sustained economic prosperity, and South Carolina consistently demonstrates our ability to move products around the world,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “As industries transform, we are poised to prioritize our support – promoting resources to best equip companies in maximizing their reach overseas.”

    To access a full report detailing last year's trade results, click here.

    About S.C. Department of Commerce

    As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Alex Clark, CMP

    Director of Marketing & Communications

    South Carolina Department of Commerce

    (803) 737-1998

    aclark@sccommerce.com

    www.SCcommerce.com

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  • Tuesday, February 08, 2022 5:20 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    CHARLESTON, SC — February 8, 2022 – South Carolina Ports had a record January for containers handled at the Port of Charleston, following an unprecedented amount of cargo handled in 2021.

    SC Ports handled 226,515 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in January, up 4.7% year-over-year. SC Ports has handled more than 1.64 million TEUs thus far in fiscal year 2022, from July through January, up nearly 15% fiscal year-over-year.

    SC Ports handled 125,452 pier containers – which accounts for containers of any size – in January, up 3.5% from a year ago. The Port has handled 913,321 pier containers thus far in fiscal year 2022, up nearly 15% fiscal year-over-year.

    January marked the 11th consecutive month of monthly year-over-year container records.

    “The global supply chain continues to see great strain from handling unprecedented amounts of cargo,” said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports CEO. “With record throughput volumes, we are experiencing a record number of import containers on our terminals awaiting delivery. South Carolina Ports invested strategically in port infrastructure, and we are deploying creative solutions to ensure fluidity for our customers.”

    SC Ports handled 117,181 loaded imports in January, up nearly 23% year-over-year as retail imports continue to drive the sustained cargo growth as consumers buy more retail goods.

    Inland Port Greer reported 9,301 rail moves in January, while Inland Port Dillon reported 1,942 rail moves last month. Combined, the inland ports have handled 101,913 rail moves thus far in fiscal year 2022.

    Vehicle volumes are up nearly 16% year-over-year, with 14,172 vehicles handled at Columbus Street Terminal in January.

    SC Ports had three port-of-calls in January, and also welcomed back its homeported ship, the Carnival Sunshine. In total, the Port handled 9,490 cruise passengers last month.

    First shipment of chassis for SMART Chassis Pool arrived in January

    SC Ports received its first shipment of more than 700 chassis in January, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing development of the SC Ports-owned and operated SMART chassis fleet. South Carolina Ports will continue receiving chassis equipment throughout 2022 as the Port builds its fleet leading up to the full launch of the SMART chassis pool in April 2023.

    “The delivery of these chassis marks a new era for South Carolina Ports,” said Barbara Melvin, South Carolina Ports COO. “With the launch of the chassis pool in 2023, South Carolina Ports will enhance the reliability, safety, quality and availability of equipment for the benefit of motor carriers and customers.”


  • Monday, February 07, 2022 10:56 AM | Nick Wong (Administrator)

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  • Monday, January 24, 2022 4:46 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    SC Ports welcomes its first shipment of chassis. (Photo/SCPA/English Purcell)

    CHARLESTON, SC — January 24, 2022 — South Carolina Ports received its first shipment of chassis today, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing development of the SC Ports-owned and operated SMART chassis fleet.

     

    “There has never been more of a need for chassis in the supply chain,” said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports CEO. “We found a great partner in Dorsey Intermodal in manufacturing the new port-operated chassis fleet. This is a true reflection of our commitment to creative solutions and ensures efficient and fluid operations as we continue to handle record-breaking cargo volumes.”

     

    This initial shipment delivers more than 700 chassis with another 1,600 expected to arrive in February. South Carolina Ports will continue receiving chassis equipment throughout 2022 as the Port builds its fleet leading up to the full launch of the SMART chassis pool in 2023.

     

    SC Ports continues to work with the management of the existing South Atlantic Chassis Pool, SACP 2.0, to create a smooth transition that will insure uninterrupted service for our ocean carrier customers, shippers, and motor carriers.

     

    “The delivery of these chassis marks a new era for South Carolina Ports,” said Barbara Melvin, South Carolina Ports COO. “With the launch of the chassis pool in 2023, South Carolina Ports will enhance the reliability, safety, quality and availability of equipment for the benefit of motor carriers and customers.”

     

    The chassis arrived at the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal aboard the Liberty Promise after a 40-day journey from Vietnam-based manufacturer THACO Special Vehicle. Dorsey Intermodal partnered with THACO Special Vehicle to increase manufacturing capacity.

     

    “We are humbled to be part of the team bringing South Carolina Ports’ chassis fleet to fruition,” said JP Pierson, Dorsey Intermodal President. “Through our collaboration, South Carolina Ports is bringing a great product to the supply chain at a time it’s most needed, and providing their customers with reliable and safe equipment. We are grateful for the opportunity and congratulate the entire team on this endeavor.” 

    SC Ports-owned and operated SMART chassis pool opens in spring 2023. (Photo/SCPA/English Purcell)

    (Photo/SCPA/Walter Lagarenne)

    About South Carolina Ports Authority

    South Carolina Ports Authority, established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion in annual economic activity. SC Ports is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet. SC Ports is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. Please visit www.scspa.com to learn more about SC Ports.


  • Monday, January 10, 2022 8:06 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

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    SC Ports achieves record volumes in 2021

    SC Ports had its best calendar year in history in 2021. (Photo/SCPA/English Purcell)

    CHARLESTON, SC — January 10, 2022 — South Carolina Ports had its best calendar year in history in 2021 as the SC Ports team and broader maritime community efficiently handled an unprecedented amount of cargo.

    “2021 was a truly banner year for South Carolina Ports,” SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said. “Amid tremendous and ongoing supply chain challenges, we handled record-breaking cargo volumes, while consistently providing capacity and fluidity for our customers. The strength of our port continues to be in the quality of our workforce and excellent maritime community.”

    SC Ports handled 2.75 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in 2021. This is a 19% increase from 2020 and a 13% increase from 2019.

    SC Ports handled 1.53 million pier containers — which accounts for containers of any size — in 2021. This is an 18% increase from 2020 and a 11% increase from 2019.

    SC Ports set monthly year-over-year container records for ten consecutive months in 2021, from March through December. Much of the cargo growth stems from consumers buying more retail goods during the pandemic.

    SC Ports handled 1.29 million loaded import TEUs in 2021, up 25% from the year prior. A significant uptick in retail imports — including home goods, appliances, furniture, clothing and electronics — drove much of this growth at the Port of Charleston.

    SC Ports handled 814,964 loaded export TEUs in 2021, up 5% from the year prior.

    “Big retailers continue to grow, increasing their need for a reliable partner in the supply chain. SC Ports provides capacity for retailers as record retail imports flow into the Port of Charleston,” Newsome said. “By investing more than $2 billion in port infrastructure, SC Ports provides much-needed supply chain fluidity for customers.”

     

    SC Ports’ two rail-served inland ports proved crucial to supply chain fluidity throughout the pandemic. Inland Port Greer handled a record calendar year with 160,234 rail moves, up 14% from 2020. Inland Port Dillon recorded 29,412 rail moves.

    Automotive remained a steady segment for SC Ports in 2021, with 233,887 vehicles rolling across the docks at Columbus Street Terminal in support of global automakers. Vehicle volumes are up 6% from 2020.

    “In 2021, we hired over 100 people in operations to support cargo growth and worked tirelessly to keep freight moving through the Southeast supply chain,” SC Ports COO Barbara Melvin said. “Our impressive cargo growth and efficient port terminals are made possible by our excellent port team, maritime community and logistics partners.”

    Following a record-setting 2021, SC Ports sees big achievements on the horizon for 2022, including deploying 15 ship-to-shore cranes with 155 feet of lift height at Wando Welch Terminal; achieving full utilization of Phase One of Leatherman Terminal; completing the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project; initiating construction on the rail-served Navy Base Intermodal Facility and inner-harbor barge project; and advancing towards quick completion of the Inland Port Greer expansion project.

    “SC Ports has the capacity and fluidity needed in today’s challenging supply chain,” Newsome said. “We are the only port in the country with a new container terminal, with the Leatherman Terminal adding an additional berth to the East Coast port market. We are continuing to enhance Wando Welch Terminal and we will soon have the deepest harbor on the East Coast at 52 feet. We look forward to developing near-dock rail with the Navy Base Intermodal Facility. Our future is very bright.”

    Port growth creates jobs and investments throughout the state. SC Ports generates a $63.4 billion annual economic impact and creates 1 in 10 jobs in South Carolina, according to a 2019 study from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business.

    “Growth at SC Ports benefits South Carolina’s economy and spurs job creation in our communities,” SC Ports Board Chairman Bill Stern said. “We must work together to ensure South Carolina’s supply chain remains fluid and capable. Our shared vision makes us successful.”

    December volumes

    SC Ports finished 2021 with its strongest December on record. SC Ports handled 246,198 TEUs at the Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in December. This brings the total TEUs handled thus far in fiscal year 2022, from July through December, to 1.42 million, up nearly 17% year-over-year.

    SC Ports moved 137,506 pier containers in December for a total of 787,869 pier containers thus far in fiscal year 2022, up nearly 17% year-over-year.

    Inland Port Greer handled 12,217 rail moves in December for a total of 77,345 rail moves thus far in fiscal year 2022. Inland Port Dillon handled 1,490 rail moves in December for a total of 13,325 rail moves for the fiscal year. 

    In December, cruise operations resumed with the Norwegian Gem visiting the Port of Charleston. In January, SC Ports welcomes back its homeported ship the Carnival Sunshine.

    About South Carolina Ports Authority

    South Carolina Ports Authority, established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion in annual economic activity. SC Ports is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet. SC Ports is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. Please visit www.scspa.com to learn more about SC Ports.

     


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