PortandTerminal.com, July 30, 2019
SAVANNAH, GA – The Port of Savannah has had a string of good news announcements lately. Georgia Ports announced today that the Port of Savannah moved a record 4.5 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in the fiscal year that ended June 30, an increase of more than 305,000 TEUs, or 7.3 percent.
“Our ports are firing on all cylinders”Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
“Our ports are firing on all cylinders,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “This success is a testament to the men and women who work throughout our entire supply chain and make a difference for Georgia and the nation every day. Because of their commitment, our factories, farms and logistics providers are creating opportunity and prosperity in every corner of our state.”
For the first time ever, GPA handled more than half a million container lifts to rail, growing that number by more than 72,000, or 16.6 percent. The 506,707 intermodal boxes constituted more than 20 percent of total containers, another record.
“Rail cargo is expanding at twice the rate of our overall container trade, reducing congestion on our highways and increasing Georgia’s reach to a mid-American arc of cities, including Chicago, St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio.” commented Griff Lynch, GPA’s Executive Director
“The Authority’s investment in the Mason Mega Rail project is coming just in time for our capacity to stay ahead of demand, ensuring the free flow of intermodal cargo,” said Will McKnight, GPA’s Board Chairman. “The first phase of the project will be complete this year, cutting rail transit time to Midwestern markets by 24 hours.”
“The first phase of the project will be complete this year, cutting rail transit time to Midwestern markets by 24 hours.”Will McKnight, Georgia Port Authority Chairman
The Mason Mega Rail project, which will double Savannah’s rail capacity and create the largest on-terminal intermodal facility in North America, is 40 percent complete. By 2021, the new facility will be able to handle 1 million containers per year.
New Cold Storage Facility
In another important announcement this week, Georgia’s Effingham County is gaining a new cold storage facility in order to increase trade of fresh and frozen food through the Port of Savannah.
Americold broke ground on the facility last week and will bring upwards of 80 new jobs to the greater Savannah area. The 290,000 square foot building is close to the interstate, so it will be able to move goods quickly. In addition, the company aims to bring in more fresh produce through the Savannah River.
The facility is expected to be running by 2020.
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 percent of U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2017.
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