The SC Ports Authority told its board last week that the opening of the Greer inland port would be delayed until October because several weeks of rain have slowed construction. The port was originally set to be fully operational in September.
The project, located on 40 acres adjacent to GSP airport property, will extend the Charleston port’s shipping capabilities with an inland location connected by rail. Construction began in March.
CEO Jim Newsome also announced in the meeting that container business at the Port of Charleston was up nine percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, with 1.56 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled during the past 12 months.
The week closed with the an announcement that the Ports Authority was among six U.S. ports to be named to Inbound Logistics’ Green Supply Chain partners list. The trade magazine cited the SCPA’s commitment to reducing air emissions, including electrification and repowering of on-terminal equipment and its first-in-the region truck replacement program, which aims to eliminate the oldest, dirtiest trucks from the local private-sector truck fleet.