South Carolina Ports mark record year in 2021

In 2021, South Carolina Ports reported the handling of 2.75 million TEU at its container terminals for its best calendar year in history.

SC Ports owns and operates the Port of Charleston, which includes the container terminals Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, as well as the Port of Georgetown, Inland Port Greer and Inland Port Dillon.

“2021 was a really brilliant year for South Carolina Ports,” said Jim Newsome, CEO of SC Ports. “Amid enormous and ongoing challenges in the supply chain, we have handled record-breaking freight volumes while offering our customers capacity and flexibility. The strength of our port continues to lie in the quality of our employees and the excellent maritime community. “

The freight volume through the SC Ports container terminals increased by 19% in 2021 compared to 2020 and by 13% compared to 2019. The terminals of SC Ports also handled 1.53 million pier containers, which makes a container of any size An increase of 18%. from 2020 and an increase of 11% from 2019.

SC Ports ended the year with the strongest December on record, with a throughput of 246,198 TEU and a ten-month container record in a row. Much of the freight growth is due to consumers buying more retail goods during the pandemic.

In 2021, loaded imports increased by 25% to 1.29 million TEU compared to the previous year. SC Ports said a significant surge in retail imports – including housewares, appliances, furniture, clothing and electronics – was a large part of the growth in the Charleston Port.

Loaded exports rose by 5% year-on-year and closed in 2021 at 814,964 loaded export TEUs.

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

SC Ports’ two rail-bound inland ports proved to be crucial for the fluidity of the supply chain in 2021. Inland Port Greer handled 160,234 rail moves, a new calendar year record, up 14% from 2020, while Inland Port Dillon recorded 29,412 rail moves.

The automotive segment remained stable in 2021, with 233,887 vehicles rolling over the docks at Columbus Street Terminal. The vehicle volume has increased by 6% compared to 2020.

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

In March 2021, SC Ports opened its new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, adding an annual handling capacity of approximately 700,000 TEU and opening the country’s first container terminal in more than a decade.

In 2022, SC Ports plans to deploy its now completed fleet of 15 ship-to-shore cranes with a lifting height of 155 feet at the Wando Welch Terminal so that the terminal can handle three 14,000 TEU container ships at the same time; Achieving full utilization of the first phase of the Leatherman Terminal; Completion of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project; Initiate construction of the rail-bound Navy Base Intermodal Facility and the inland port barge project; and progress towards the rapid completion of the Inland Port Greer expansion project.

“SC Ports has the capacity and flexibility required in today’s demanding supply chain,” said Newsome. “We are the only port in the country with a new container terminal. The Leatherman Terminal adds an additional berth to the port market on the east coast. We are continuing to expand the Wando Welch Terminal and will soon have the deepest port on the east coast at 52 feet. We look forward to developing the near-dock rail with the Navy Base Intermodal Facility. Our future is very bright. “

Port growth creates jobs and investment across the state. According to a 2019 study by the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, SC Ports generates an economic impact of $ 63.4 billion annually and creates 1 in 10 jobs in South Carolina.

“The growth at SC Ports benefits the South Carolina economy and drives job creation in our communities,” said Bill Stern, chief executive officer of SC Ports. “We need to work together to ensure that the South Carolina supply chain remains fluid and efficient. Our common vision makes us successful. “

In addition, cruise operations began in December with the Norwegian gem Visit to Charleston Harbor. This month SC Ports will also welcome its homeport ship Carnival sunshine.

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