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      SC ports chief says 2018 to be big year

      By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The head of South Carolina's ports expects 2018 to be a big year.

      Jim Newsome told about 700 people Tuesday in North Charleston that 2018 is the year he hopes the Charleston Harbor shipping channel is deepened. That's also when the authority's new container terminal in North Charleston and a nearby intermodal rail yard are expected to come online.

      Newsome says container volume through the state's ports grew 9 percent during the fiscal year that ended June 30th while other ports grew an average of 2 percent.

      Newsome said in his State of the Ports address that his goal is to grow container business above the market average. He says the authority also wants to attract more distribution centers to the state and bring new ocean shipping services to Charleston.

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