At Port of Charleston, big ships are already here, with more on the way

The Post & Courier
David Wren
December 2, 2015

Big containerships are making their way to the Port of Charleston more frequently than in the past, even months before the Panama Canal’s expansion next spring is expected to kick off a big-vessel boom along the East Coast.

Ships carrying between 5,000 and 10,000 cargo boxes — so-called post-Panamax ships — made up 52 percent of the total number of vessel calls at the port in fiscal 2015, which ended June 30. That is the first time such large ships accounted for more than half of the port’s annual traffic.

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