"Expanding our capabilities means we are able to grow along with our customers, and adjust to changes in the logistics marketplace, such as increasing vessel sizes," said GPA Chief Operating Officer Ed McCarthy.
Garden City Terminal will add another crane every two weeks until late April, bringing the total number to 26 this year: 20 Neo-Panamax cranes and six Post-Panamax cranes. Port officials said another four Neo-Panamax cranes are on order and will be commissioned in 2018.
The growing crane fleet, working over nearly 10,000 contiguous feet of dock, will be able to handle more than 1,000 container moves per hour, when all 30 cranes are in place.
"The improvements we're making to our terminal infrastructure demonstrate the GPA's commitment to expand capacity, providing more opportunities for growth and greater flexibility to meet customer needs," McCarthy said.
Crews working at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal lifted the boom of ship-to-shore crane Savannah 34, in about four hours. The lifting is depicted in the following video:
It is noted that the Port of Savannah handled 8.2 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2015.
Source & Image credit: Georgia Ports Authority