CHARLESTON, SC — OCT. 17, 2022 — South Carolina Ports President and CEO Barbara Melvin delivered her first State of the Port address today, sharing her vision to continue succeeding as the 8th largest container port in the country by investing in operations, infrastructure and people.
Melvin delivered her address to more than 1,100 attendees at The Propeller Club’s annual event. Attendees included Governor Henry McMaster, elected leaders, SC Ports Board members, port customers, community partners and maritime officials.
Melvin highlighted SC Ports’ excellent operations and successful fluidity measures. She stressed the importance of investing in key port infrastructure to remain competitive. She thanked the maritime community for their dedication, recognizing that their hard work is essential to the port’s success.
“Our growth is made possible because of the unrivaled support we receive from Governor McMaster, the General Assembly, the Congressional delegation, and many elected leaders and community partners,” Melvin said. “Our Board of Directors and leadership team give us the ability to make bold investments. Our valued customers enable our growth. And without a doubt, our success is possible because we have most talented port team and maritime community in the country.”
Handling record volumes, providing fluidity
SC Ports had its most successful fiscal year in its history, handling 2.85 million TEUs in fiscal year 2022, a 12% increase from the year prior. SC Ports set records for 11 of the 12 months.
This growth occurred while navigating tremendous challenges in the global supply chain. South Carolina’s maritime community quickly adapted to keep freight moving for shippers and cargo owners.
SC Ports implemented creative berthing measures, reduced dwell times, improved motor carrier turn times, enhanced intermodal movements to and from rail terminals, opened gates seven days a week for motor carriers, hired more than 150 people in operations and utilized its two rail-served inland ports.
SC Ports has invested $200 million into its new port-owned and port-operated SMART Pool to enhance the availability, reliability and quality of chassis.