CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the eleventh consecutive month, the Port of Charleston's container volume grew.
The port's volume in November totaled 65,251 pier containers, up 14.4 percent from the same month in 2009. Through the first 11 months of 2010, Charleston container volume is up 17.5 percent.
"A recovering economy and new ocean carrier services boosted our business," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA). "As we predicted, volume is softening from previous months as we reach the end of the peak season. But Charleston has a number of specific cargo initiatives, such as the new 100,000-lb. overweight permit for containerized freight in South Carolina, which will bear fruit moving ahead."
A new, weekly North Europe joint service started on November 1, while the South Carolina Department of Transportation increased overweight permit limits to 100,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight for containerized goods.
Non-containerized cargo in November was double the budgeted projection, due to triple-digit percentage increases in breakbulk cargo. Total breakbulk volume in November was 128,386 tons. South Carolina's breakbulk pier tonnage is up 18 percent year-over-year from January to November and 19 percent for the first five months of the fiscal year.