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Savannah's Nov box volume rises 5.4pc with greater intermodal efficiency

THE US Port of Savannah handled 363,000 TEU in November, representing a 5

Savannah's Nov box volume rises 5.4pc with greater intermodal efficiency

THE US Port of Savannah handled 363,000 TEU in November, representing a 5

10 January 2020 - 19:00

THE US Port of Savannah handled 363,000 TEU in November, representing a 5.4 per cent increase over the same month in 2018. From July-November 2019, the Georgia Ports Authority moved two million TEU, up 5.8 per cent.

The positive numbers means Savannah's Garden City Terminal has achieved year-on-year growth for five straight months, reported Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.



'After nearly three full years of cargo growth, with dozens of monthly records, it is frankly surprising to see our numbers continue to grow upon such a large base,' GPA executive director Griff Lynch was quoted as saying.



'The streamlined movement of containers from vessel to departing rail in 24 hours and capacity increases built into Garden City Terminal have helped to increase volumes and improve efficiency.'



With the first phase of GPA's Mason Mega Rail project opening this spring, cargo moved by rail has grown twice as fast as the authority's overall three-year growth rate in the container trade.



The port handled 427,891 rail containers through October, up 98,835 over volumes from three years ago. The new Mason Mega Rail terminal will double Savannah's on-port rail capacity to one million containers per annum.



The authority's Mid-American Arc initiative, targeting markets from Memphis to Chicago and the Ohio River Valley, is also starting to pay dividends with customers moving more cargo in direct shipments from Savannah to the Midwest.



The Georgia Ports Authority is on track to exceed 4.6 million TEU for the first time in a calendar year. That level of trade would be a 14 per cent increase over volumes moved through Savannah just three years ago. Over the same period, the Authority has increased the annual capacity at the port of Savannah from five million to 5.5 million TEU.



In roll-on/roll-off traffic, Colonel's Island at the port of Brunswick and Ocean Terminal in Savannah handled a combined 62,146 units of cars, trucks and heavy equipment in November, an increase of five per cent, or 2,850 units. GPA has handled 281,547 ro/ro units, up 2,030 units or one per cent, through the first five months of the fiscal year.


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