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Port of Savannah volume soars 48pc to record 1.4 million TEU in March

THE Port of Savannah handled an all-time record of nearly 500,000 TEU in March year on year, an increase of 48 per cent, or 162,275 TEU, said the Georgia Port Authority (GPA)

19 April 2021 - 19:00
THE Port of Savannah handled an all-time record of nearly 500,000 TEU in March year on year, an increase of 48 per cent, or 162,275 TEU, said the Georgia Port Authority (GPA).

'Every new container that moves through the Port of Savannah means new jobs for Georgia,' said state Governor Brian Kemp. 'The port and the entire logistics community continue to serve as an economic engine for Coastal Georgia and the entire state as we accelerate our economic recovery in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. This record-setting month proves that Georgia is open for business!'



Counting the 498,000 TEU moved in March, GPA wrapped up the third quarter with a fiscal year-to-date (July-March) total of 3.9 million TEU, on track to top five million for the first time ever in a single year.



'Over the past six months, unprecedented volumes have crossed our docks, but Georgia's logistics community and GPA's employees have risen to the occasion by working long hours and bringing on additional staff,' said GPA executive director Griff Lynch.



'To ensure our vessel operations and terminal services continue to keep pace with our growth, GPA is expediting a series of infrastructure projects from berth and container yard improvements to the expansion of intermodal rail,' said Mr Lynch.



GPA's Mason Mega Rail Terminal volumes grew by 29.7 per cent in March, moving an additional 10,924 containers for a total of 47,684. At the Appalachian Regional Port, intermodal lifts increased 37.7 per cent for the month, up by 761 containers compared to March 2020, for a total of 2,782 containers.



'Last month's performance constitutes a massive turn-around from the same period a year ago,' said GPA chairman Will McKnight. 'The board's decision to invest more than US$100 million per year over the next three years will not only make Savannah better able to handle this new level of trade, but to take on additional business as our customers grow.'



Over the coming months, GPA will add container yard space and rail capacity, as well as growing its big ship service capabilities and crane fleet. By September, GPA will commission Phase I of a project that will add a total of 650,000 TEU of space at Garden City Terminal. A separate project adding 750,000 TEU of annual capacity will open for operation in 2023.


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