January 2016 - SC Ports Box Volumes Rise 10% in 2015
SC Ports Box Volumes Rise 10% in 2015
South Carolina Ports Authority posts container volumes growth in 2015; Charleston welcomes new multipurpose carrier service.
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) posted 10 percent container growth in 2015, a year highlighted by strong volumes and significant progress on the harbor deepening project.
SCPA handled 144,718 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in December, pushing total container volume to 1.97 million in 2015.
As measured in pier containers, or total boxes handled, SCPA's two container terminals moved 1.12 million boxes in 2015, an increase of 9.54 percent over 1.02 million containers handled last year.
"Our 10 percent TEU volume growth for the 2015 calendar year is outstanding," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Successful recruitment of discretionary cargo has been an important driver of volumes, as well as continued strength of the automotive sector. However, looking ahead to the second half of our 2016 fiscal year, we expect flat to very modest growth due largely to weakness in overseas markets. Because of the Panama Canal expansion delay, we will not see new ship deployments of significance until FY2017."
Non-containerized cargo business volume was strong in 2015, with 1.34 million pier tons handled during the year. Finished vehicle volume grew 13 percent year over year, with 268,964 vehicles crossing SCPA docks in 2015.
The Inland Port handled 7,824 rail moves in December, more than double the facility's December volume last year. The facility's rail volumes grew 76.5 percent during its second full calendar year of operation, with 75,111 total rail moves completed in 2015.
In addition to strong volume growth during the year, Newsome also highlighted the successful progress of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. With the issuance of the Chief's Report in September and signing of the PreConstruction Engineering and Design Agreement in December, the project continued to move forward with historic momentum through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planning process. Last week the project cleared another milestone with the Record of Decision, the formal recommendation of the project to Congress for authorization.
New Multipurpose Carrier Service
SCPA recently added a new regular shipping service, Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers (ARRC), to its vessel calls at Columbus Street Terminal. The first ARRC vessel arrived on January 8, handling approximately 6,000 tons of import cargo.
ARRC specializes in handling freight for multiple business segments, including container, breakbulk, rolling stock and project cargo. Charleston is an addition to ARRC's Balt-Atlantic service, which utilizes multiple vessels to connect St. Petersburg, Russia and other North Europe ports with the U.S. East Coast.
"ARRC's multipurpose capabilities are an exciting addition to SCPA's breakbulk opportunities that further enhance our connection with North Europe," said Paul McClintock, SCPA Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We're pleased to welcome their regular calls."
The SCPA Board approved two contracts related to the development of the Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal, including consultancy services for the concept design phase and a change order for additional construction activities pertaining to the containment wall. The facility will increase SCPA's current container capacity by 50 percent, with the first phase expected to open for operations by 2020.
To accommodate rapid growth within SCPA's refrigerated cargo market, the Board also approved a construction contract for the installation of additional refrigerated container infrastructure at the Wando Welch Terminal.
Main Office Sale
The Board authorized SCPA to sell the Main Office at 176 Concord Street in Charleston and directed the Real Estate Development Committee to finalize the offering and process by February 1.
"The need for our administrative and corporate office to be closer to our port operations is the primary driver of our decision to sell our current office," Newsome said.
Resolution Honoring Former Charleston Mayor
The Board also adopted a resolution honoring the former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and declaring January 20, 2016, as Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Day at the Port of Charleston.
"Mayor Riley's father served on the SCPA Board from 1969 to 1977, and he continued that legacy as a tireless supporter of the growth and development of our Port," said SCPA Board Chair Pat McKinney. "Especially with regard to the harbor deepening project, Mayor Riley has worked in partnership with our Board and staff to ensure the economic well-being of the Port, and in turn the entire City of Charleston."
Riley utilized his relationships with the Obama Administration to elevate the importance of harbor deepening and to garner support and timely forward progress of the project on the federal level. He has also supported SCPA's cruise business and plans for the non-maritime redevelopment of Union Pier for the benefit of the Port and the City.
September 2015 - ARRC chooses Charleston
ARRC chooses Charleston
Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers (ARRC) is adding South Carolina's port of Charleston as a new monthly call on its Baltic-Atlantic service from St Petersburg to Baltimore, Maryland.
The first sailing via Charleston is planned for the middle of October 2015, onboard the vessel Atlantic Navigator, which will be accepting a range of dry cargoes from containerised freight to ro-ro, breakbulk and project cargo. The transatlantic voyage is expected to take approximately 15 days.
ARRC currently operates a fleet of six multipurpose vessels on its transatlantic services, including three vessels with ro-ro capability employed on the Baltic-Atlantic service; and three multipurpose lo-lo (lift-on, lift-off) vessels employed on the Baltic-Gulf service, which connects St Petersburg and Antwerp with the US ports of Houston, New Orleans and Tampa.
September 2015 - ARRC expands Balt-Atlantic service to port of Charleston, SC.
ARRC expands Balt-Atlantic service to port of Charleston, SC.
It is with pleasure that we announce that ARRC will be launching monthly service via port of Charleston, SC in October 2015.
First sailing via Charleston is planned for mv Atlantic Navigator voyage R527, in the middle of the month. The service will be offered for transportation of full range of dry cargoes from containerized freight to Ro-Ro, break bulk and project cargo. Expected transatlantic voyage transit time on this route will be approximately 15 days.
Presently ARRC operates a fleet of six multipurpose vessels on its transatlantic services. Three LORO vessels are employed on the Balt-Atlantic service, connecting St. Petersburg, Russia with the U.S. East Coast via the port of Baltimore; and three multipurpose LOLO vessels with heavy lift capacity are employed on Balt-Gulf service, which connects St Petersburg and Antwerp with ports of Houston, New Orleans and Tampa on the U.S. Gulf. The service to Charleston is planned as an enhancement to the Balt-Atlantic route.
The decision to add port of Charleston as a regular port is based on strong support from our valued clientele, however, we are also excited about the new opportunities and we look forward to welcoming new customers onboard ARRC fleet.
Please contact ARRC offices in St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia as well as ARRC offices in New Jersey and Houston USA for more information.
June 2015 - ARRC’s First Europe to US Transit Vessel Heads for Houston
ARRC’s First Europe to US Transit Vessel Heads for Houston
ARRC's Baltic Mercur II is on its final leg of its westbound voyage from the Port of Antwerp to Texas Terminals at the Port of Houston. The transit is the first for ARRC on its new monthly service between Europe and the U.S. Gulf.
The vessel will be discharging a variety of cargoes including project cargo, metals and containers, once it reaches Houston. The project cargo consists of three 138-ton transformers manufactured by Siemens. Each unit measures 7.15 meters long, 3.56 meters wide and 4.46 meters high, and are destined for a substation in Illinois.
The shipper had very strict requirements, Nikolay Sokolov, AARC vice president for trade development told Breakbulk. "We had to produce a method statement detailing the stowage and lashing of the unit while on board, which was subsequently approved by the shipper," Sokolov said. "ARRC actually contracted the CNIIMF (Central Scientific Research Institute for Marine Fleet) to perform calculations needed for the method statement."
The cargo was loaded at Zudnatie Terminal in Antwerp, which has a very good working relationship with Texas Terminals, where the cargo will be discharged. "Both are home terminals for ARRC, which of course gave us a competitive edge for this booking," he said.
The Baltic Mercur II is due to arrive at Texas Terminals this weekend. Check back for coverage of the discharge, including photos.
Photos below show loading operations in Antwerp. Courtesy of ARRC.