FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RECORD YEAR - June was the busiest month in Port history, capping the Ports Authority's eighth consecutive record-setting fiscal year. Exports accounted for most of the growth, as trade through the Port increased 16% in fiscal year 2000 to more than 1. 5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Despite the double-digit volume increase, ship traffic increased only 1%.
FIVE EMPTY HANDLERS - The State Ports Authority Board today approved the purchase of five new empty container handlers capable of stacking seven high. These units will replace two existing four-high stackers and also serve the Grand Alliance consortium at the Wando Welch Terminal. The SPA began using seven-high stackers in January.
$2.4 MILLION IN UPGRADES - The SPA Board approved $2.4 million in contracts for terminal improvements. At the Wando Welch Terminal, Costello Industries will upgrade existing pavement joints and Greenwall Construction will repair rubber tire gantry runways at the terminal. Power lines will be relocated at Columbus Street, providing additional capacity.
MICHELIN CITES PORT - Michelin North America recently presented the South Carolina State Ports Authority with its Special Recognition Quality Award. The Ports Authority provides transloading and other customer-driven services to Michelin, the Port of Charleston's largest importer.
EVERGREEN REVISES RTW EASTBOUND - Evergreen is adding calls at Busan, South Korea, and Shimizu, Japan, to the rotation of its weekly Round-the-World eastbound service, while ending the service's direct call at Rotterdam. The eastbound service uses 10 ships calling 20 ports around the world. In addition, it was recently announced that Lloyd Triestino will begin offering weekly service between Charleston and Japan on Evergreen vessels.
MSC DIRECT FROM LE HAVRE - Mediterranean Shipping Co. now offers direct service from Le Havre, France to Charleston with a transit time of only nine days on its South Atlantic and Gulf service. Foreign port calls include Freeport, Bahamas; Veracruz and Altamira, Mexico; Antwerp, Belgium; Hamburg and Bremerhaven, Germany; Felixstowe, England; and Le Havre.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COURSE - The College of Charleston Intermodal Transportation Professional Training Program will begin on Monday, August 28. The yearlong course meets on Monday evenings at the downtown campus with a $300 fee. To register, call Penny McKeever at 843-953-8112.
PORT NIGHT AT THE JOE - The entire maritime and transportation community is coming together for Port Night at the Riverdogs game on Sunday, August 13, at 5:05 p.m. Tickets are only $5, with $1 from each ticket going to help sponsor scholarships for students interested in transportation. Call 843-723-7241 by August 11 to reserve tickets for your company.