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News & Notes May 28, 2020
How Ports Remain Important Ingredient Amid COVID 19 Pandemic (Food Logistics)
Landmark Moment for US East Coast Ports Investment (Lloyd’s List)
Maersk Throws Weight Behind Renewable Methanol as Fuel of the Future (Splash 247)
East Coast Ports Optimistic For Post Corona Virus Recovery (Freightwaves)
Troubled Shipping Lines Turn to State Support (WSJ)
Spike in Asia Europe Spot Rates As Space Tightens (Loadstar)
Idle Tonnage in Deepsea Auto Trades Soars as Demand Slumps (Lloyd’s List)
Container Ship Owners in Crossfire as Liners Slash Service (Freightwaves)
Ocean Carriers Restore Sailings But Not Enough to Indicate a Rebound (Supply Chain)
Carriers Report Optimism for Rebound in the Coming Month (CCJ)
Intermodal Volumes See Further Decline in April (Logistics Mgt)
Carriers Prepare to Bid Farewell to Paper Bill of Lading (Splash 247)
3 Ways Coronavirus Has Shifted Supply Chain Focus (Supply Chain)
What is the Future of Supply Chain (Port Tech)
Lowe’s Profit Jump on Sales of Home Improvement Goods (WSJ)
Kontane Logistics Inc Expanding Operations in Berkeley County (SC Commerce)
Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast for 2020 by NOAA (Maritime Exec)
News & Notes May 21, 2020
Hugh Leatherman Terminal (Dredging Today)
SC Ports Welcome American Solar Module Maker to SC (Vessel Finder)
SC Ports Works Three Large Vessels, Reports Aprils Volumes (SC Lead)
Container Import Roller Coaster: Down, Up, Down. Up (Freightwaves)
Maersk Expects Container Shipping Volumes to Fall up to 25% (WSJ)
Capes Face Historic Rates Abyss (Splash 247)
Container Ship Owners in Cross Fire as Liners Slash Service (Freightwaves)
Highway Regulators Shift Work Rules for Truck Drivers (WSJ)
Coronavirus Has Been a Boon for China’s Railways (WSJ)
Industrial Production in US Fell 11.2% in April (WSJ)
Project 44 Adds Air, Ocean Freight Visibility to Platform (Freightwaves)
Steering US Customs Brokers, Forwarders Through Covid-19 (Freightwaves)
US Navy Fires Cruiser Captain After Bunker Fuel Spill in Virginia (GCaptain)
Coronavirus Adds Complication Moving into Hurricane Season (Supply Chain)
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News & Notes May 14, 2020
Cancelled Calls Signal Two Really Tough Months for Georgia Ports (Freightwaves)
Suez Canal Loses Business to New Route South of Africa (Shipping Watch)
Stevedoring Companies Form Joint Venture (SCBizNews)
Charleston Welcomes Largest Ever Ships as US East Coast Powers On (Port Tech)
US Box Imports Likely to See Double Digit Decline This Year (Lloyd’s List)
Yang Ming to Offer Shares Amid Weak Cashflow (Lloyd’s List)
Global Crisis Exposes Fragility of Container Shipping (Lloyd’s List)
K Line Focusing on Covid19 Damage Control (Freightwaves)
Close to 350 Tankers Are Being Used for Floating Storage (Shipping Watch)
YRC Seeks to Preserve Cash in Troubled Trucking Market (WSJ)
Trucking Sheds 88,300 Jobs in April (TT News)
Factories Close for Good as Coronavirus Cuts Demand (WSJ)
XPO Logistics Stock Jumps 13% on Cost Cutting E-Commerce Growth (Reuters)
Warehouse Capacity Contracts as Imports Arrive Amid Low Demand (Supply Chain)
Yield Scientific Establishing Operations in Hampton County (SC Commerce)
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SC Ports works three large vessels, reports April volumes
Ship-to-shore cranes with 155 feet of lift height work the 14,000-TEU APL Sentosa
at S.C. Ports' Wando Welch Terminal. (Photo/SCPA/English Purcell)
CHARLESTON, SC – MAY 11, 2020 – S.C. Ports Authority worked three of the largest vessels to ever call on the Port of Charleston in April — the 13,200-TEU OOCL Chongqing, the 14,000-TEU Monaco Bridge and the 14,000-TEU APL Sentosa.
S.C. Ports handled 176,152 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in April. The Port has handled 2 million TEUs thus far in fiscal year 2020, from July through April.
In April, S.C. Ports moved 100,810 pier containers, which measures the total number of boxes handled. This brings the fiscal-year-to-date total of pier containers to 1.13 million.
S.C. Ports handled 34,232 pier tons of breakbulk in April for a total of 575,893 pier tons thus far in fiscal year 2020, up about 14% from the year prior. The Columbus Street Terminal had 9,036 vehicles roll across its docks in April for a total of 183,131 vehicles fiscal-year-to-date, up 17% for fiscal year 2020.
S.C. Ports’ two inland ports had a combined total of 148,291 rail moves thus far in fiscal year 2020, up 8%. Inland Port Greer, located along Interstate 85 in Upstate South Carolina, reported 7,408 rail moves in April for a total of 121,198 rail moves thus far in fiscal year 2020, up 7.3%.
April marks two years since the opening of Inland Port Dillon, S.C. Ports’ newest inland port located along Interstate 95 near the North Carolina border. Inland Port Dillon had 2,586 rail moves in April for a total of 27,093 rail moves fiscal-year-to-date, up nearly 11%.
Overall, fiscal-year-to-date volumes remained steady compared to the same period in fiscal year 2019. However, April volumes were down year-over-year due to the temporary closure of automotive plants and the global disruption of supply chains as many stores and businesses halted operations in response to COVID-19.
S.C. Ports’ leadership shared their gratitude for the S.C. Ports team and the entire maritime community for their commitment to keeping freight moving during this time.
“As we face the challenges brought on by COVID-19, we continue to operate as we always have by offering excellent service and an unwavering spirit of collaboration,” S.C. Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “Our S.C. Ports team is known for adaptability, creativity and teamwork, and this has been more evident now than ever. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the essential maritime workers who work so hard every day to ensure vital goods are delivered to communities and businesses.”
“We have maintained our reliable operations and hours of service because the entire maritime community has done an amazing job keeping freight moving,” S.C. Ports COO Barbara Melvin said. “We say thank you to all our S.C. Ports teammates, tug boat operators, harbor pilots, longshoremen, clerks, mechanics, stevedores, motor carriers and truck drivers, ocean carriers and ship crews, warehouse workers, our contractors, and our agency partners, including the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”
Strength in fundamentals
The Southeast is the best place to be in the port business with a growing population to boost consumer goods imports, and a strong business base to strengthen imports and exports of raw materials and finished products.
S.C. Ports offers cargo owners access to markets, efficient operations, fast truck turn times and a dual-served intermodal rail network.
“We are a top 10 U.S. container port located in an incredibly strong market with great fundamentals,” Newsome said. “We remain focused on supporting our existing customers while recruiting new business to the market.”
S.C. Ports saw cargo volumes double over the past decade, in large part from the boom in advanced manufacturing throughout the Southeast. This expertise of moving goods just-in-time for global manufacturers sets the stage for the Port of Charleston to handle more goods for retailers.
S.C. Ports offers distribution center operators port access via a 950-acre, rail-served industrial site in Ridgeville, S.C.
Strength in infrastructure
S.C. Ports is on track to open the new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston, S.C., in March 2021. Phase One will add about 700,000 TEUs of capacity to S.C. Ports.
Five new ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height and 25 hybrid rubber-tiered gantry cranes will arrive later this year to outfit the first phase of the terminal. Phase One will have a 1,400-foot berth capable of handling a 19,000-TEU vessel.
The opening of the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal will coincide with achieving a 52-foot depth in Charleston Harbor, greatly enhancing S.C. Ports’ big-ship capabilities.
“Ports are a long-term business requiring long-term assets. This makes our operations more resilient to economic fluctuations,” Newsome said. “The opening of the country’s newest container terminal will position us well to handle bigger ships and growing cargo volumes for decades to come.”
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), 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. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port 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. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.
News & Notes May 7, 2020
Shipping Group Says, 150,000 Seafarers in Need of Crew Changes (TradeWinds)
How Canceled Sailings Will Impact US Ports and When (Freightwaves)
Stevedoring Services Join Forces in Charleston (Freightwaves)
Some Shipping Lines May Not Survive Downturn, Hapag Lloyd Chief Says (WSJ)
Cars Stuck at Sea Shows Weight of US Auto Industry Glut (GCaptain)
ONE Sails Into the Black, But Now Must Navigate the Virus (Loadstar)
US Turns Spotlight of Future of Cruise Industry (Lloyd’s List)
Now Profitable, ONE Expands Reefer Fleet (Freightwaves)
Trucking Giant CH Robinson Furloughs 7% of North American Workers (Fox)
Norfolk Southern First Quarter Falls 44% on Charge, Weak Volumes (13News Now)
How Truck Stops Are Serving Truckers While Keeping Truckers Safe (TTNews)
Logistics/ Supply Chain
Oil’s Crash Prompts Record Push to Store Fuel at Sea (WSJ)
Coronavirus Upheaval Triggers Corporate Search for Supply-Chain Technology (WSJ)
Coronavirus Slows but Won’t Halt Shipping Focus on Global Trade (WSJ)
3 Years, 3 Cyberattacks on Major Ocean Carriers (Supply Chain)
Aviation Industry Races for Cash With Record Bond Sales (WSJ)
News & Notes April 30, 2020
Mnuchin See Third Quarter Rebound for US Economy (WSJ)
South Carolina Cut Costs to Navigate Throughput Downturn (Lloyd’s List)
35% of Ports Say Demand for Food, Medical Supplies Increased (Supply Chain)
Ship Orders Crash as Coronavirus Takes a Toll on Seabourne Trade (WSJ)
Major Oil Fluctuations Rub Off On Shipping LInes Fuel Prices (Shipping Watch)
Maersk Makes Major Reefer Container Delivery (Port Tech
Railroads Prepare for Quick Turnaround (WSJ)
For America’s Small Truckers, Demand is Falling Off a Cliff (WSJ)
Railroads Unclear What’s Around the Bend for US Economy (AJOT)
Rail Industry Positioned for Resilience Despite Coronavirus Toll (Freightwaves)
Unprecedented Disruption to Supply Chain Slams US Port Volumes (Hellenic Shipping)
Fewer Products, Localized Production - Companies Seek Supply Chain Solutions (WSJ)
Box Carriers Turning a Deaf Ear to Calls To Cancel BAF’s as OIl Prices Slump (Loadstar)
Globalized Commerce Might Prove Resilient to the Pandemic (WSJ)
Adams Products Expanding Operations in Cherokee County (SC Commerce)
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