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Port of Savannah commissions first 9 of 18 Mason Mega Rail tracks

GEORGIA Ports Authority (GPA) has reached a milestone by putting put into operation the first nine of 18 new working tracks, with its first two rail-mounted gantry cranes to be commissioned in June, under its Mason Mega Rail project, which has been in the works for more than four years

15 June 2020 - 19:06

GEORGIA Ports Authority (GPA) has reached a milestone by putting put into operation the first nine of 18 new working tracks, with its first two rail-mounted gantry cranes to be commissioned in June, under its Mason Mega Rail project, which has been in the works for more than four years.

The project is designed to expand service to the Southeast and Midwestern US and the Mason Mega Rail Terminal will double the Port of Savannah's rail capacity to two million TEU per year, GPA said in a statement.



'At the Port of Savannah, we are working to improve the efficiency of the American supply chain and move goods to market even faster,' said GPA executive director Griff Lynch. 'These efforts are strengthening our logistics network at a time when the nation needs it most.'



He noted that throughout the Covid-19 crisis, dedicated GPA employees and contract workers have continued to press forward, with a daily average of more than 150 people working on the rail expansion, and more than 2.2 million staff hours expended in planning and construction since late 2015.



'Additionally, throughout all this work and the issues related to the coronavirus, GPA and our partners at the International Longshoremen's Association have continued to provide world-class service to our customers,' Mr Lynch said.



GPA board chairman Will McKnight said the expansion will use an estimated US$38 million of American-made steel. The project has so far installed 56,000 feet of new track, but will include a total of 129,000 feet when complete - or nearly 24.5 miles.


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