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Traffic upturn

All smiles at the Port of Charleston

by Port News Editorial Staff

The port of Charleston closed October with a turnover of 216,196 TEUs, down by 1% compared to the same month last year. From July to date, 797,108 TEUs have been loaded and unloaded, an upturn of almost 7% compared to 2019.

The driving-force behind the recovery of the South Carolina port has been the retail industry’s excellent performance, which grew to unprecedented levels during the pandemic period.

The port, meanwhile, is looking ahead and preparing to upgrade its infrastructure to handle even more goods and cater for larger ships.

While the Wando Welch Terminal expansion project is proceeding, the dredging operations are almost completed, which means that the port can count on seabeds at least 15 meters deep. Moreover, the brand-new Hugh K Leatherman Terminal is due to open next March. In the first phase this should bring another 700 thousand TEUs to the port. When fully operational, it will double the port’s current capacity.

Translation by Giles Foster

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