'A strengthening economy and a greater reliance on GPA in major inland markets is driving growth at the port of Savannah,' said GPA executive director Griff Lynch. 'We expect this trend to continue as more customers take advantage of Garden City terminal's central location and efficient terminal operations.'
In a separate development, the GPA has approved US$92 million for the Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The project will double the port of Savannah's annual rail capacity to one million containers and deliver the largest on-terminal rail facility in North America by 2020.
The work includes 124,000 feet of new track, 88 automated switches and rail control devices, as well as the rail and power infrastructure to support the operation of rail-mounted gantry cranes.
The added rail capacity will better accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains on Garden City Terminal. These more cost-effective trains will provide faster, more frequent service over greater distances. This will extend the territory served by the port of Savannah along an arc of cities ranging from Memphis to St Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati.