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Ports authority approves raises for top management

By Liz Segrist
Published Dec. 16, 2013

The S.C. State Ports Authority board of directors unanimously approved raises for its senior management during its last board meeting of the year on Monday.

President and CEO Jim Newsome received the biggest bump in salary, up 6.7% to $395,000. Read about last year’s increases here.

Following a short executive session, the human resources committee recommended an average increase of 4.5% for the ports authority’s top seven executives. The board unanimously approved these increases:


Jim Newsome

Paul McClintock

Peter Hughes

Bill McLean

Barbara Melvin

Jack Ellenberg

Philip Lawrence


President and CEO

Chief commercial officer



External affairs

Economic development

General counsel

2014 Amount








“These are very well warranted,” Ports Authority board Chairman Bill Stern said. “The numbers are reflective of a job well done.”

The board also reported that activity is also growing at the S.C. Inland Port in Greer, which “is running as advertised.” The ports authority is now in the process of attracting more commercial users, Newsome said. BMW Manufacturing Co. is the only confirmed customer at this time.

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The inland port is open 24 hours a day, six days a week, and roughly five to nine trucks are there every hour of every day.

“Now we’re in the process of attracting more customers,” Newsome said. “Operations are stabilized, and people can see it.”

The ports authority also reported it handled roughly 389,000 pier containers in November, up 5.7% from a year prior and up 17% from November 2011.

The ports handled 61,707 loaded pier containers and 13,407 empty pier containers in November, up 3.8% and 10.8%, respectively, from last year.

The ports also handled around 284,000 break bulk containers in November, up 14.5% from last year. Roughly 87,000 passengers boarded or docked in November, up 7.1% from last year.

The average truck turnaround time was roughly 24 minutes for all local terminals in November, the board reported.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or on Twitter @lizsegrist.

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