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SCPA’s Wando Welch Terminal Confirmed for Sustainable Crane Upgrades

Wando Welch Terminal

SCPA’s Wando Welch Terminal Confirmed for Sustainable Crane Upgrades

RTG cranes at South Carolina Ports Authority’s Wando Welch Terminal will soon operate on sustainable and eco-friendly engines thanks to a $2 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“Through a great partnership with DHEC, we have secured EPA funding to upgrade our 12 least efficient RTG cranes with high performing, environmentally friendly battery/genset hybrids,” said Stephen Brisben, Mechanical Technical Specialist for SCPA’s Heavy Lift Maintenance Department. “This aligns with our efforts to upgrade equipment to both improve air quality standards in the Lowcountry and enhance terminal operations.”

The grant was issued as part of the  Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program supporting the upgrading of various fleets from school buses, transit airport buses, long and short-haul trucks, marine engines, locomotive replacements, and more for cleaner environments and an overall reduction in harmful emissions.

“For the past 10 years, the DERA program has played an important role in helping to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines while simultaneously creating opportunities for economic growth and development in South Carolina,” DHEC’s Bureau of Air Quality Chief Rhonda Thompson said. “We are excited about this new opportunity to work alongside the South Carolina Ports Authority — an entity whose work is crucially important in supporting both our state and regional economies.”

SCPA’s Chief Operating Officer Barbara Melvin confirmed the 12 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTG) upgrades are part of the overall vision to implement sustainable and efficient equipment solutions. Additionally, the upgrades were reported to support reducing fuel consumption while cutting up to 96 percent of particulate matter, air toxins, and nitrogen oxides.

Hurricane Dorian

SCPA Contributes to Hurricane Dorian Support Efforts

The Port of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island received two 40-foot shipping containers in addition to 18 containers filled with supplies thanks to combined efforts from a group of maritime partners including MSC Group and South Carolina Ports Authority. MSC Group called on industry players to come together and provide support for the region through swift preparations for the containers to ship. The shipments follow the devastating impact left behind by Hurricane Dorian including wiped out electric power, water resources, and destroyed homes.

“Despite our global presence and large-scale operations, MSC is ultimately a family company and we are fully committed to supporting both immediate and longer-term relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas,” said Fabio Santucci, Managing Director MSC USA. “MSC’s extensive land and sea operations and services, our regional knowledge and our gracious partners have allowed us to quickly mobilize to collect and deliver these items of necessity.”

Of critical supplies loaded and sent to Port of Freeport by more than 10 group partners, over 200 gas generators, tarps, gas cans, canopy tents, power cords, extension cords, batteries, water, toiletries, baby wipes, diapers, cleaning supplies were successfully received and distributed.

“Together with our charitable arm, the MSC Foundation, we are continuing to work closely with local officials, community leaders and key relief and recovery organizations in the Bahamas to identify additional ways in which our MSC Group can support the immediate and long-term needs of the local residents and businesses as they look to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian,” added Santucci.

Among the partners contributing to these efforts include the following:  South Carolina Ports Authority, U.S. Maritime Alliance Ltd., DCLI, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District – International Longshoremen’s Association, Virginia Ports Authority/Virginia International Terminals Inc., Port of Miami/Miami-Dade County, Port of Houston Authority, TICO Tractors, Stevedoring Services of America, S.C. Stevedores Association, Maritime Association of South Carolina and Container Maintenance Corp./CMC Logistics.

“In Charleston, we understand the devastation a hurricane can have on entire communities,” S.C. Ports Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome said. “After seeing Hurricane Dorian’s distressing impacts on the Bahamas, we wanted to take action and send crucial supplies in the hopes of providing some relief.”
Those interested in providing support for the efforts are being asked to contact Chris Parvin or Jim Newsome.

SCPA’s Jim Newsome Recognized Among DC Velocity Logistics Rainmakers

South Carolina Ports Authority’s (SCPA) CEO Jim Newsome is known for accomplishing significant logistics and shipping milestones in his role the last nine years including transforming the Port of Charleston to become a top 10 U.S. container port, reaching record volumes in 2019, and overseeing the development of two South Carolina port operations. These are just a few of the successful efforts Newsome can credit for earning him the coveted  DC Velocity Logistics Rainmaker title,  one month before his tenth year with SCPA. He is among eight other U.S. -based logistics professionals aka “rainmakers.”

“Global businesses, both import and export businesses, want to locate near capable ports,” Newsome said in an interview with DC Velocity. “My vision of the Port is to be the preferred port among the top 10 U.S. container ports. We are doing this by providing required port infrastructure in time to handle both anticipated growth and the deployment of big container ships. We want to make sure our Port offers the highest possible reliability in terms of productivity and efficiency.”

Beyond overseeing operations, projects, and breaking records, Newsome’s focus on company culture and workforce development at SCPA was demonstrated earlier this year as the company earned a spot on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina list.

“I have had the good fortune to work for great enterprises that were experiencing significant challenges when I joined them — you might say ‘turnaround’ situations,” Newsome said in the DC Velocity interview. “Developing a committed team of people to successfully address those challenges is what I consider my greatest professional achievement and, along the way, playing the part in the professional development of many of those key people so they could fulfill their career aspirations.”

Newsome’s exemplary leadership to the 700-person team reiterates his knowledge and expertise in the industry and what it takes to create a successful, dynamic team boasting SCPA qualities from safety and security, to adaptability, decisiveness, and enthusiasm.

“Jim Newsome has overseen the most complete and thorough overhaul of an organization that I have ever seen,” University of Tennessee professor Ted Stank said in Newsome’s Rainmaker profile. “Key to this transformation has been Jim’s vision of ports as a critical value node in the integrated end-to-end supply chain.”
Stank has also referred to Newsome as a leader that “defines the term ‘rainmaker.'”

SCPA Picks “Name the Cranes” Contest Winners

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) gave elementary students in the Greenville County and Spartanburg County school districts the opportunity to select the names for two of their RTG cranes at Inland Port Greer, in addition to earning $500 for their school if selected. Students anonymously submitted a total of 522 names for the contest.

“Our Name the Cranes contest engages students to think creatively and introduces them to Port operations and equipment,” said Mike Stresemann, SCPA’s senior director of crane and equipment maintenance. “It gives students an opportunity to impact port terminals in a real way.”

Adding to dozens of student-named RTG and ship-to-shore cranes, Little Miss Sunshine and South Craneolina were the contest winners submitted by students Haven Ebel and Jack Sibley-Jones of Blythe Academy of Languages in Greenville.

“South Carolina Ports Authority strives to have an innovative and diverse workforce that thinks outside the box. Our Name the Cranes contest creates a connection between the Port of Charleston and South Carolina students, helping them to envision a career in the maritime industry,” S.C. Ports Authority COO Barbara Melvin said. “We also really enjoy seeing the creative names that students suggest for our cranes.”
The 85-foot tall Little Miss Sunshine and South Craneolina both stand at 85 feet tall and join a family of named cranes including: Daddy Long Legs, Craneous Maximus, Cranebob Bluepants, Heavy Metal and Bluesaurus Rex . 

 

SCPA: Success & Growth for Fiscal Year 2019

.Fiscal year 2019 has proven successful for South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) as it set record volumes at the Port of Charleston while boasting the largest annual percentage of containerized volumes by intermodal container rail in port history, thanks to the The RapidRail program. The program ensures seamless connectivity between rail yards and maritime terminals and supported the 330,000 rail moves  reported for the port for FY19.

The Port reported an overall annual increase of pier containers handled by 9.1 percent following confirmation of June’s handled total of 112,988 containers. There were 2.4 million TEUs reported that were handled from June 2018 through July, confirming an 8.8% increase in annual TEU container volume.

“SCPA’s container business had a record-setting fiscal year and our inland ports in Greer and Dillon continue to see record growth year-over-year,” SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said. “This accomplishment is the result of the entire South Carolina maritime community’s dedication to providing a great product to our customers.”

Inland ports also saw robust numbers, especially for Inland Port Greer which reported FY19 as its busiest year since launching operations in 2013. Inland Port Greer confirmed a total of 143,204 rail moves overall and a 22 percent growth rate from last year. Inland Port Dillon saw 29,580 rail moves during the first year of operating.

“The Southeast remains the best place to be in the port business with a growing population to support imports and a strong manufacturing and automotive presence to boost exports,” Newsome said. “While we expect more modest growth in fiscal 2020, we are optimistic about the future and continue to invest in our infrastructure.”

Source: South Carolina Ports Authority

SCPA Earns Place “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” List

Among 75 companies selected in South Carolina for the 14th annual “Best Places to Work” awards program, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) earns its place in the category for companies with more than 250 employees in 2019.

“I am proud the Port has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina, which is something we strive for every day,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “Our employees contribute to a constantly evolving work environment, ensuring the Port of Charleston is the preferred choice for customers and surpassing 10 monthly cargo volume records in fiscal year 2019. Our employees make our success possible.”

SCPA is responsible for 187,200 statewide jobs while contributing a $53 million impact on the state’s economy each year. Beyond the numbers, SCPA boasts an exemplary company culture where communication and collaboration grow, ensuring maximized efficiencies – all while supporting a values-based culture supportive of employee wellness through offerings including an employee wellness center, fitness center, walking trail, standing desks and a café full of healthy meal options.

“Our new office fosters collaboration, communication and creativity among employees. Our senior managers, terminal employees and office employees can now interact daily, whether they are brainstorming in a conference room or eating lunch together in The Galley,” Newsome said. “Our focus on culture has created an environment where employees excel and business thrives.”

Source: South Carolina Ports Authority

South Carolina Ports Authority Continues Growth Pattern

The month of April proved to be another success according to reported numbers released from South Carolina Ports Authority confirming a 4.2 percent increase in volumes moved across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals compared to last April.

Inland Port Greer reached its second highest volume month in history with
112,952 moves as well as Inland Port Dillon with 3,411 rail moves – one year after its opening. Inland Port Dillon reported a total of 24,423 rail moves  since the start of SCPA’s fiscal year.

SCPA’s fiscal year-to-date container volume growth has increased by 10.4 percent with roughly 2 million TEUs handled nine months.

“April was strong for SCPA’s container business, supporting volumes well above planned levels with only two months remaining in the fiscal year,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “Our continued growth is testament to the commitment and skills of our employees and maritime community, and we look forward to a very positive FY2019 finish in June.”

Beyond substantial growth patterns in container volumes, SCPA’s breakbulk operations reported robust numbers in non-containerized cargo in the month of April. A total of 65,778 pier tons were reported in April of which includes 19,415 vehicles. Additionally, SCPA confirmed 116,443 pier containers were handled in April, totaling 1.1 million containers for fiscal year to date.

South Carolina Ports Authority Reports March Records

South Carolina Ports Authority continues making news headlines boasting significant growth. Following a very successful February, SCPA reported moving 214,123 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in March, representing the strongest March in its history and more than 11 percent fiscal year-over-year growth.

“Achieving this type of growth requires cooperation and dedication by our talented staff as well as many others in the maritime community,” said Bill Stern, Board Chairman, SCPA. “We appreciate everyone who plays a role in our productive and successful port operations.”

Additionally, a total of 120,717 pier containers were reported for March pier container volume, confirming March as the second-highest month for pier volume.

“The record volumes achieved last month reflect a very positive end to our third quarter of the fiscal year,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.“SCPA also saw the highest month of export loads since the fiscal year began in July 2018, with 42,524 export loads handled. The Port is well-positioned as it heads into the fourth quarter.”