It’s a good-looking pattern for business at the Port of Charleston, as the port sees another increase in container volume.
In November, container volume was up by 14 percent at the Port of Charleston. This percentage equals out to more than 65,000 pier containers entering the port for the month.
For the first 11 months of 2010, container volume was up 17.5 percent. November marks the 11th straight increase in port volume.
South Carolina State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome says, “A recovering economy and new ocean carrier services boosted our business.” Newsome says volume has softened slightly in the past couple months, as compared to earlier in the year, because it’s the end of a peak season at the port.
Newsome and other port officials are expecting an even greater upcoming year, with operational changes arising. The SPA will shift roll-on/roll-off operations to Columbus Street Terminal. Also, the SPA will implement a new cruise terminal at the northern end of the Union Pier.