Greer’s Inland Port Set a New Record and the Port of Charleston is Preparing to Welcome the Biggest Ship to Call on the East Coast
SCPA’s strong container volume boosted Inland Port Greer’s March results to a record-breaking 11,669 lifts. The month was 22 percent higher than the previous record of 9,593 lifts in January 2017. Fiscal year to date, Greer has handled 84,874 lifts.
“With the highest container volume ever handled by our port and record rail moves at Inland Port Greer, March was an exceptionally strong finish to the third quarter,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “We’re seeing healthy growth of both import and export cargo and are on target for achieving our planned container volume growth of six percent this fiscal year. Over the next quarter, we will be monitoring the impacts of the mega-alliances and look forward to handling our first 13,000 TEU vessel, the COSCO Development, on May 13.”
Charleston Prepares for 13,000 TEU Ship
SCPA announced last week that it will welcome the biggest ship ever to call the U.S. East Coast in May. The COSCO Development, a 13,092 TEU vessel, is deployed on the weekly OCEAN Alliance South Atlantic Express (SAX) service that connects Charleston with Hong Kong, Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai via the Panama Canal. The COSCO Development is one of 11 ships on the SAX service, comprised of vessels ranging in size from 11,000 to 13,000 TEUs. Today 18 of SCPA’s 24 weekly container vessel services are comprised of ships too large to transit the Panama Canal prior to its expansion.
Wide and deep channels, ample terminal capacity and super post-Panamax cranes allow Charleston to be the last East Coast port of call for the COSCO Development. Track the progress of the vessel to Charleston at www.scspa.com/big-ship-ready.