State of the Port: Record-breaking volumes and possibility of more funding for harbor deepening

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The South Carolina Ports Authority presented its annual State of the Port address on Monday and officials said fiscal year 2018 was record-breaking and said the port was continuing with infrastructure investments.

From July 2017 through July 2018, the port handled 2.2 million equivalent container units, three percent more than the last fiscal year.

There have also been several infrastructure investments being made at the port.

“We finished our Wando refurbishment project, which meant that we had berth out for two and half years and we were still handling record volumes,” said Jim Newsome, the CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. “We continue to raise cranes and get newer cranes into operation so we can handle big ships, we started our harbor deepening.”

Newsome also announced that the harbor deepening project is now eligible for additional federal funding after the Army Corps of Engineers recalculated a formula and now it could be included in President Trump’s annual budget.

The harbor deepening project is expected to be finished by the end of 2020.

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