South Carolina business leaders are touring the Port of Charleston today. Every year the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce gives a tour and briefing of the port to area business leaders. This year, the leaders will get a chance to view the state’s port facilities by bus and by boat. They will also take a tour of the new port terminal that is currently under construction at the former naval base in North Charleston. Earlier this week, State Port’s Authority spokesman Byron Miller released some good news for the port:
Shipping business through the Port of Charleston was up about 26 percent in July, for the month. That’s our best month since October of 2008, so that’s very good news for the economy. At the same time, we’re not exactly quite out of the woods yet with what we are seeing across the broader, national and global economic situation. So, we’ll see what happens in the coming months, we don’t think we’ll be able to keep up the 26 percent growth obviously.
To help with the port’s future, Miller says the Ports Authority approved about $23 million in work for local companies to assist in projects associated with improvements at the port. During today’s tour, State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome also plans on speaking to the business leaders about current and future projects at the port.