SOUTH Carolina Ports (SC Ports) saw a year-on-year container growth of 9 per cent, handling a record 256,879 TEU at its Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K Leatherman Terminal in October, marking its third busiest month in port history.
When accounting for boxes of any size, SC Ports handled 142,276 pier containers last month.
Imports remain strong, with 121,305 loaded import TEU coming through the Port of Charleston last month, up nearly 13 per cent from October 2021. This sustained growth is driven by strong consumer demand and a growing Southeast population.
SC Ports president and CEO Barbara Melvin said: "Our excellent SC Ports teammates and maritime partners seamlessly handled record cargo volumes in October. We have maintained berth availability and terminal capacity since early May, making SC Ports the only major East Coast port without ships waiting to access our terminals."
SC Ports recently handled three 1,200-foot ships simultaneously at Wando Welch Terminal - a first for the 40-year-old container terminal that has been enhanced with big ship capabilities and more cargo capacity.
"As an owner-operator port, we are investing strategically in port infrastructure and deploying creative solutions to keep freight moving," Ms Melvin said."
SC Ports also handled 14,365 rail moves at Inland Ports Greer and Dillon, 17,996 vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal and 24,406 cruise passengers at Union Pier Terminal last month.