… AND VIRGINIA
Earlier this year the Port of Charleston, S.C. boasted big gains in its shipping business – a “memorable year” reportedly including “near-record levels of containerized cargo,” according to S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA) chief executive Jim Newsome.
According to Newsome’s data, the government-run facility handled 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during the fiscal year that ended June 30 – an increase of 231,473 units (or roughly 14 percent) from the prior fiscal year.
Contributing to this increase? A major West Coast port strike …
But Charleston’s banner year paled in comparison to the big numbers put up by the Port of Savannah – which received a gift-wrapped competitive advantage courtesy of S.C. governor Nikki Haley back in 2011.
According to its data, Savannah moved a whopping 3.66 million TEUs during the recently concluded fiscal year – an increase of more than half a million units from the previous fiscal year.
That’s a seventeen percent jump …
Savannah isn’t the only neighboring port putting Charleston to shame.
As the SCSPA was bragging about its “strong finish” to the most recent fiscal year – referring to 169,913 TEUs moved during the month of June – Virginia’s public-private port system moved a whopping 213,517 TEUs that same month.
In fact through the end of September, Virginia’s data shows its port facilities currently sitting at 1.9 million TEUs for the year – equivalent to Charleston’s latest annual total.
As we noted recently, been a terrible few weeks for the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA) – the government agency which runs the Port of Charleston. The SCSPA has been blasted for dragging its feet on a long-overdue public-private project in Jasper County, for overstating the benefits of a government-run dredging project in Charleston, for effectively bribing the most powerful politician in the state and for paying out tens of thousands of dollars to a shady neo-Confederate consultant.