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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/8/2000

Georgetown Volume Doubles

Georgetown,, SC - International trade through the Port of Georgetown reached record levels in the first two months of the Ports Authority's fiscal year, pointing to a banner year for South Carolina's second largest seaport.

Twenty ships docked in Georgetown during July and August, carrying more than 343,996 tons of forest products, salt, cement and steel for local industries. Ship traffic was up 75% and tonnage increased more than 100% when compared to the same two months last year.

Port Director David Schronce shared the dramatic numbers with Ports Authority Board members at a monthly meeting in Charleston on Wednesday.

"The Port of Georgetown plays a key role in the day-to-day business of our region's key employers," said David Schronce. "We are here to serve them, and I think these numbers show that our services are in demand."