Georgia to expand Savannah box terminal by 1m TEU through land acquisition

THE Georgia Ports Authority has acquired 145 acres of land to expand the port of Savannah by one million TEU in annual capacity

09 February 2020 - 19:00
THE Georgia Ports Authority has acquired 145 acres of land to expand the port of Savannah by one million TEU in annual capacity.

'As the Georgia Ports Authority enters its 75th year, we are proud to follow in the tradition of those who came before us, making exciting advances in capacity and technology to ensure our terminals remain at the forefront of global commerce,' GPA executive director Griff Lynch revealed at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference.

'This is the largest addition of container terminal space in Savannah in more than 20 years, and represents a powerful opportunity for Georgia to take on new trade.'

During his presentation, Mr Lynch also announced that Garden City Terminal dock construction has been completed, and can now serve three 14,000-TEU vessels simultaneously.

The improved dock and extra container yard space are part of a larger blueprint to increase the GPA's capacity to nine million TEU by 2030. By 2023, the GPA will add an additional berth, for a total of four big ship vessel slots.

In order to improve service, Savannah's Ocean Terminal will be partially converted to handle containers. Renovations at Ocean Terminal, located just downriver from the main container port, will include a new truck gate, upgraded container yards and rubber-tyred gantry cranes for container operations.

Construction is currently underway on the upgrades. Work on phase one of the Ocean Terminal container yard is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Mr Lynch also outlined plans for the new Savannah Container Terminal, a 200-acre facility to be built on Hutchinson Island. The new facility will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEU at full build out. Phase one is projected to come online in 2025.

To ensure the GPA remains on the cutting edge of port staffing and technology, Mr Lynch announced an expansion of the Authority's Y E S (Youth learning Equipment and Safety) programme in which high school graduates are hired and trained for equipment operator careers. GPA hopes to begin hiring 50 fresh graduates per year to help meet staffing needs.

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