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Savannah up 27.8pc in March to 333,058 TEU, breaks October record

THE Georgia Ports Authority has announced a record increase in container volume through the Port of Savannah in March, up 27.8 per cent year on year to 333,058 TEU, setting a new monthly high last established in October.

Savannah up 27.8pc in March to 333,058 TEU, breaks October record
16 April 2015 - 20:02
Savannah up 27.8pc in March to 333,058 TEU, breaks October record

THE Georgia Ports Authority has announced a record increase in container volume through the Port of Savannah in March, up 27.8 per cent year on year to 333,058 TEU, setting a new monthly high last established in October.

"We are moving record volumes while maintaining excellent service levels for our customers," said GPA executive director Curtis Foltz. 

"Our March numbers have once again demonstrated the scale, flexibility and efficiency of the Garden City Terminal. Freight handling remained fluid, even with demand well above forecasts," he said.

March also capped an active third quarter, which helped to deliver a 15.3 per cent increase in TEU volumes for the fiscal year to date. For the nine-month period, GPA moved 2.66 million TEU.

Mr Foltz said the GPA is taking steps to increase capacity at Savannah's main Garden City Terminal, including construction of a new truck gate and the purchase of 30 rubber-tyre gantries, which will bring the total to 146 RTGs.

In other commodity groups, breakbulk cargo - a category including goods such as steel, paper and rubber - has improved by 7.6 per cent (144,968 tons) compared to FY2014, to reach 2.04 million tons. 

Bulk cargo, ranging from wood pellets to vegetable oil and other agricultural products, increased by 4.1 per cent (87,429 tons) through March for a total of 2.21 million tons.

Said GPA board chairman James Walters: "A 28 per cent increase in container volume shows the level of trust cargo owners have. The ability to quickly move cargo to and from inland markets via superior road and rail connections is a key reason Georgia is ranked the No 1 state for business."

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