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September 3 2018 | The Journal of Commerce 43 www.joc.com SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OF THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE SOUTH CAROLINA TRADE & LOGISTICS THE AUTHORITY'S SUPPLY CHAIN AUTHORITY in April. The location will enable the transfer of some 45,000 container movements from truck to rail in the first year of operation. Intermodal rail movements now account for nearly 25 percent of total container volumes. "Inland ports provide needed infrastructure in the interior of the state to support the movement of freight to and from our marine terminals. The addition of Inland Port Dillon diversifies our reach and enables port users to gain logistics efficiencies through rail transportation of their cargo," Newsome said. Inland Port Dillon is located within the Carolinas I-95 Mega Site, affording close proximity to that vital north-south artery. Leading Charleston's list of projects in progress is the harbor deepening, designed to take channel depth to 52 feet. The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that $49 million has been earmarked in their FY 2018 budget for the project, with additional investment from the state of South Carolina. The fiscal year ended with dredges working the entrance channel, and a contract for additional dredging to the Wando Terminal to be awarded before year end. The next contract also calls for the widening of the turning basin to 1,650 feet, reflecting the continued upsizing of the newest generations of vessels. Completion of harbor-wide deepening is slated for March 2021. A critical project with a timeline concurrent to the harbor deepening is the Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal. As the only newly permitted container terminal under construction on the US East or Gulf Coast, Leatherman provides Charleston with a distinct expansion advantage over its real estate- challenged competitors. Projected to open in early 2021, the terminal will ultimately double the port's container throughput capacity. "At $770 million for Phase I, the Leatherman Terminal is the single largest project in our capital plan, and it will provide a significant addition to our port's berth and volume capacity when it opens," Newsome said. Upon buildout in 2032, it will represent a combined investment of $1.5 billion to be spent over three phases, resulting in an additional 3,700 feet of dock space. Scheduled for occupancy by year-end, the SCPA's new headquarters will be located at Wando Welch and facilitate the consolidation of staff who are currently housed among multiple office locations. "SCPA has an aggressive target of 1.3 million containers for FY 2019, volume growth that is consistent with our expectations for the further development of the region's cargo base along with the capable infrastructure provided by the port," Newsome said. Anticipating accelerating demand for inland intermodal capacity and acreage for distribution and consolidation operations, SCPA recently purchased an industrial tract in Ridgeville, South Carolina. The rail-served site offers nearly 750 developable acres for an array of port-related ventures. n SITUATED AT THE epicenter of a diverse collection of import and export pipelines, the South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA) enjoys a unique overview of the best practices that make the most successful ones hum. SCPA parlays this expertise into a tangible benefit for its cus- tomers through the work of the Supply Chain Authority, which assists customers with design and optimization of their supply chains. President and CEO Jim Newsome explained, "SCPA is already known for the customized service we offer shippers and cargo owners, who have extremely complex and constantly-changing global supply chains. Our formation of the Supply Chain Authority is the formalization of this process. Our goal is to offer solutions and insight that ultimately give custom- ers one less thing to worry about." Barbara Melvin, senior vice president of operation and terminals added, "We provide more than seamless operations — we share insight, market information, and alternative possibilities that can improve an international supply chain. The authority goes beyond what the port can do for our customers to make the overall process of doing business easier." A number of firms — Gerber Childrens- wear, Kent International, and Scoular, to name a few — have successfully utilized the Supply Chain Authority's services. Visit www.scspa.com/supplychainauthority for case studies that include location assis- tance of a port-proximate distribution center, insight into available intermodal resources for a new assembly facility, carrier and con- nectivity research for imports from China, and development of a grain transload facility adjacent to the Port of Charleston. n SCPA has created an internal Supply Chain Authority to assist customers with design and optimization of their supply chain. South Carolina Ports Authority THE WORLD CONNECTS HERE ®

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