Georgia Port Authority informed that Port of Savannah received three Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, increasing its total to 36. In fact, through this expansion, the port has the largest crane fleet as a single container terminal located in North America.
Port of Savannah
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has inked an agreement for the supply of two eco-efficient mobile harbor cranes for its terminal at the Port of Savannah. After handover in July 2020, the cranes are expected to improve the terminal’s flexibility in handling containers and general cargo.
Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, announced the acquisition of 145 contiguous acres to the Port of Savannah, or more than 1 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in annual capacity.
The Port of Savannah moved 4.6 million TEUs in 2019, an increase of around 250,000 TEUs, or 5.6%, in comparison to the previous year. Total tons crossing all GPA terminals reached 38.5 million, up from 36.9 million tons in 2018, an increase of 4.3%.
Recently, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has reiterated the narrow scope of the turnover duty on a claim brought by an injured longshoreman related to an incident that occurred in the Port of Savannah. Specifically, in Purvis, a longshoreman was injured when an open manhole cover latch fell on his head as he ascended through the manhole for at least the second time.
In fact, the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal has handled nearly 2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units during the first five months of Fiscal Year 2020. It is said that from July to November, the Georgia Ports Authority has handled nearly 2 million TEUs, an increase of 109,000 TEUs, or 5.8%.
Following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the Port of Savannah is now open and operating with a 36-foot draft restriction, while the Ports of Brunswick and Charleston remain closed to commercial operations.
The Port of Savannah and the St Louis Regional Freightway signed a deal to construct a US$220 million rail facility, in order to improve the regional and wider US supply chain. The project is part of the port’s $3 billion plan to increase its TEU capacity to 8 million by 2028.
The US Georgia Ports Authority has launched a Big Berth/Big Ship program, expected to allow the Port of Savannah to simultaneously handle six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2024. The program was unveiled by GPA Executive Director, Griff Lynch, during the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference, which took place on 3-5 February.
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