The Port of Savannah has achieved a new monthly record for the 16th time in November, 2021, after the major U.S. port handled 495,750 TEU worth of cargo for the month. This translates to an increase of about 6.7% as compared to that of the same period, a year back (2020) for the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA).
The Executive Director of the GPA, Griff Lynch commented, “Our employees along with Savannah’s stevedores, International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) members, truckers, river captains and many other transportation professionals have pulled together to handle record cargo volumes for an incredible 16 consecutive months.”
GPA has already began to bring out a series of improvements which will be increasing the annual capacity of the Port of Savannah by approximately 25%, in less than six months, after the GPA Board approved an investment of approximately $34 million to expand extra 1.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in terms of capacity at the port.
200,000 TEU worth of container handling space has already come online, while 200,000 more will be added within the next three weeks. Further, 500,000 TEU of additional space will be added by March 2022, which adds up to total of 1.6 million worth of new capacity by June 2022.
The completion of the Berth 1 expansion is being expedited extensively by the port authorities, which is all set to add 1 million TEU worth of new berth capacity for the Port of Savannah, including eight ship-to-shore cranes at the docks. Till now, the project has be completed by approximately 30%, while it is scheduled to be online by the end of the second quarter of 2023.
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Further, the Georgia Ports Authority has come up with four flexible ‘pop-up’ container yards near to manufacturing and distribution centers, off their terminals. This will be bringing cargo closer to its customers in the sites of Savannah, Atlanta, Murray County and Statesboro in Northwest Georgia, thereby reducing container storage time in the port.
Back in mid-November, GPA inaugurated nine new sets of rail tracks at the Mason Mega Rail Terminal which expanded rail capacity to and from the Port of Savannah by approximately 30%.