Charleston container volume up 7 percent

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The number of containers handled at the Port of Charleston increased 7 percent last month compared with the same month last year.

The State Ports Authority also said Wednesday that the number of containers handled is up 12 percent for the fiscal year that began last July.

The February increase follows steps the authority took in January to streamline operations. The authority consolidated container operations at two of its Charleston-area terminals and streamlined operations at the terminal gates. That's expected to boost capacity by about 10 percent.

Containers are the large steel boxes that can be loaded from tractor-trailer trucks and stacked on container ships.

Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome says the agency expects continued moderate growth this year.

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