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Port of Charleston, Wando terminal lead poll

Jan. 9, 2008
Charleston Regional Business Journal
By Dan McCue
North American and Asian shipping executives identified the Port of Charleston and its Wando Welch terminal as the most productive facilities in their supply chains, according to the results of an e-mail survey conducted this winter.

The poll of executives from the shipping, shipping service and supply-chain industries was conducted in November and December by Cargo Business News, a leading industry trade publication. Respondents to the survey were asked to name the most productive port in their supply chain and also the most productive container terminal.

They were also asked to briefly explain why they cast their vote in each of the two categories.

Peter Hurme, publisher of Cargo Business News, said the port and its Wando Welch terminal received the most votes from the readership of the magazine’s daily news e-mail, whose subscribers include more than 10,000 North American and Asian logistics professionals.

“Users were invited to click on a link that took them to a Web-based survey. We selected the top vote-getter in each of the two categories,” Hurme said.

Charleston’s closest competitor in the survey was a West Coast port and terminal operation, Hurme said. Votes cast by those directly affiliated with a port or terminal were not counted, he said.

Port officials were jubilant about the thumbs-up.

“The Port of Charleston is honored and humbled to have received this recognition from the readers of Cargo Business News,” said Bernard S. Groseclose Jr., president and CEO of the S.C. State Ports Authority. “A port’s customers have choices. The Port of Charleston’s customers obviously feel strongly about our abilities and our future, and we appreciate that vote of confidence.”

Groseclose said that with expansion coming this year to the Wando Welch terminal and with construction underway for a new terminal at the former Naval Base in Charleston, the recognition adds valuable momentum to the port’s efforts.

The complete results of the survey will be in the February issue of Cargo Business News.
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