Grieg Star Shipping has tapped Port of Charleston for a new, monthly service providing steel and wood product imports from South America, officials announced today.

Grethe Hoyvik, vice president and general manager of Grieg Star, said the service is being driven by steel and forest products being imported from Brazil, but there will also be some export options from Charleston.

“By adding Charleston on a monthly basis to our liner service, we can serve the demand of our customers along the East Coast and across the growing Southeast marketplace,” Hoyvik said in a written statement.

Ports on the service route include Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Praia Mole, and Portocel.

Grieg Star will also offer import and export routes for Europe and Asia, in addition to South America, officials said.

This new service adds to the growth of non-containerized cargo at the State Ports Authority facilities.

SPA president and chief executive Jim Newsome has said that while non-containerized cargo is a smaller part of the revenue picture, the volume continues to grow.

Earlier this month, the agency reported bulk and breakbulk tonnage gained during the first nine months of the fiscal year. The SPA’s non-containerized facilities in Charleston and Georgetown handled 1,205,194 tons of cargo from July to March, up 14.5 percent from the same period in fiscal year 2012.

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