- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The growth continues at the state’s ports with the South Carolina Ports Authority reporting that container volume is up 5 percent since the fiscal year started last July.

The ports have handled the equivalent of about 1 million 20-foot shipping containers. Because containers are of various sizes, volume is reported in terms of 20 foot containers.

The authority board Wednesday approved a contract for a company to examine and excavate any historical items at a site where soil will be taken to help build the agency’s new Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston.

The board also approved contracts for expanding the refrigerated container area at its Mount Pleasant terminal as well as for maintenance dredging at the terminal.

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