Port Savannah Marks Record Volumes With 468400 TEUs Moved In October
All the nine berths at the Port of Savannah have been opened for business after strengthening the Berths 4, 5 and 6 in order to take care of the Neo-Panamax cranes and vessels. 37 global containership services are provided by the Savannah’s Garden City Terminal every week.
About 428,400 twenty-foot container units were moved by the Georgia Ports Authority which is more by 14,600 TEUs or 3.5 percent. After this month, a fiscal year to date total of the Port of Savannah is 1.6 million TEUs which is an increase by 90,600, or 6 percent.
“We have seen three years of incredible volume growth, and the economy of the U.S. Southeast remains a powerhouse,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Georgia’s market share continues to expand as new commodities come online and customers in new regions rely on our services.”
The Savannah market was chosen by the A&R Logistics in the month of October as their new global export hub for plastic resins. The packaging facility which is 600,000 square foot will be ready for operation by late 2020. It will also be possible to extend it to 1 million square feet.
The Export Division of A&R Logistics will have it’s headquartered in Savannah for the development of the global supply chain for the chemical industry. It was announced by the Plastic Express that it will make an investment of $172 million for two resin packaging warehouses of 1 million square feet each in Savannah.
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“Savannah is already the port of choice to serve the U.S. Southeast,” said GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight. “To accommodate future growth, GPA has and continues to make significant infrastructure investments that are allowing the GPA to take on new business, create jobs and economic development across Georgia and beyond.”
The ship to shore crane fleet of Savannah will be increased to 36 by the first half of 2020. Moreover, the largest on port rail facility, the Mason Mega Rail Terminal is more than half complete.
The Island Terminal of Colonel which is at the Port of Brunswick and Savannah’s Ocean Terminal handled 63,353 units in October in Roll on-off cargo, which a raise by 7.8%. The volume of Ro/Ro was stable at 220,000 units for the fiscal year to date.
The total tonnage that crosses all GPA terminals got to 13 million tons in the period of July-October which is an increase of 4.7 percent or 583,500 tons taking together containerized, bulk and breakbulk cargo.