The Georgia Ports Authority is on track to surpass the 4.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units for the first time in a calendar year, presenting a 14% increase over volumes moved through Savannah just three years ago.
Accordingly, the Authority reports that on the same period, there is also an increase in the annual capacity at the Port of Savannah from 5 million to 5.5 million TEUs.
The first phase of GPA’s Mason Mega Rail project, which will come into force in spring 2020, will give a great boost to the port, with the cargo moved by rail already being increased twice as fast as the Authority’s overall three-year growth rate in container trade.
The development was also obvious in:
- intermodal volumes expanded by 30%, compared to the same period in 2017.
- 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 1 million containers per year.
For the calendar year-to-date through October, the GPA moved 3.88 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 222,800 TEUs or 6 percent, year over year.
- Total tonnage crossing all GPA terminals reached 32.5 million tons January through October, up 4 percent over 2018, or 1.21 million tons, including containerized, bulk and breakbulk cargo.
- The Port of Savannah is handling the highest volumes of any container terminal in the U.S. Southeast, moving as many as 8,000 TEUs per ship.
Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick
Roll-on/Roll-off cargo: handled 500,512 units of cars, trucks and tractors from January through October.
Ocean Terminal in Savannah
added 37,476 for a total of 537,988 units. Total Ro/Ro trade is up for the year by 3,300 units.
Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals:
- support more than 439,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $25 billion in income,
- $106 billion in revenue and $2.9 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy.
The Port of Savannah handled 8.5% of U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10% of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2017.