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McKnight new chairman at Georgia Ports Savannah grows container volume 8.7 percent

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SAVANNAH, Ga., May 20, 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority today elected William D. McKnight as chairman. “As an entrepreneur and business leader with more than 30 years in the construction industry, Will McKnight has the experience necessary to keep GPA at the forefront, delivering opportunity for growth to large and small businesses across the state,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. McKnight, who has served as vice chairman since 2018, will assume his new responsibilities July 1. “I’m excited to help lead the GPA at a time when Gov. Kemp has made the success of small business a major priority,” McKnight said. “Our ports’ role in helping Georgia companies connect with buyers across the globe can mean a world of difference to small operations hoping to expand.” Along with McKnight, the board elected Patrick “Kelly” Farr Jr. as vice chairman, while Joel Wooten will remain in his role as secretary-treasurer. McKnight thanked outgoing Chairman Jimmy Allgood for his example of steady leadership over the past three years. Under Allgood’s leadership, annual container volumes grew from 3.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units to an estimated 4.5 million TEUs, a 25 percent increase. “During Jimmy’s tenure, we’ve seen the completion of the outer harbor deepening, we’ve purchased 10 ship-to-shore cranes, kicked off construction of the largest on-terminal rail facility in the country, and expanded our auto capacity,” McKnight said. “Now, we have to continue that momentum to bring the efficiencies of Georgia’s deepwater terminals to even more customers.” “I am proud to say that the team here at your ports are the best trained, most experienced and dedicated professionals you will find anywhere in the world, and I don’t say that lightly,” said Allgood.  “Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to work with many boards, staff members and customers and what we have managed to build at Georgia’s ports is world class and second to none. Thank you, team, for a job well done.”  In other business, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch reported the Port of Savannah had its busiest April ever, pushing its fiscal year-to-date totals to 3.7 million TEUs, an increase of 8.7 percent (300,815 TEUs) compared to the same period in FY2018. “We’re nearly a full month ahead of last year’s volume at this point,” Lynch said. “GPA’s 1,300 employees, the International Longshoremen’s Association, stevedores, motor carriers and professionals throughout the supply chain have pulled together to not only grow our business, but to handle it with great efficiency and care.” For the month of April, the GPA handled 76,000 TEUs of intermodal cargo, an 11 percent increase over the same month last year. Of the total cargo crossing the docks at Garden City Terminal since the start of FY2019 (July-April), 776,600 TEUs moved by rail. That’s an increase of 21 percent (135,000 TEUs) compared to the first 10 months of FY2018. Total container cargo in April reached record volumes of 364,481 TEUs at the Port of Savannah, an increase of 1.9 percent or 6,700 TEUs. The board also authorized an expansion of auto-handling capacity at the Port of Brunswick, approving $6.7 million for the Colonel’s Island North Side Paving Project – Phase I. The project includes upgrades of approximately 33 acres, new pavement striping, and new facility gates for trucks and other vehicles. The project will accommodate BMW, one of Georgia’s longest standing and largest auto processing customers. Recently, GPA and BMW renewed a multi-year agreement to move the luxury vehicles over Colonel’s Island Terminal. “For BMW, the Port of Brunswick is perfectly situated to serve the Southeastern U.S. because of its proximity to our customers and easy reach by Interstates 95 and 16,” said Irene Bloomfield, vehicle distribution center business and transportation manager at BMW North America. “The port’s reliability and detail-oriented customer care makes Brunswick a trusted link in the BMW supply chain.” William McKnight was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia.  He graduated from The Academy of Richmond County in 1974 and from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979.  Following his graduation from Tech, he continued to work for his family-owned construction company in Augusta and has been the President since 1996. Mr. McKnight has overseen the completion of over $1 billion in construction projects.In addition to Mr. McKnight’s extensive career in the construction industry, he has remained active in his community by serving and chairing many boards and committees.   He was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First Bank of Georgia in May 2010 and then served on the board of State Bank which sold to Cadence Bank in 2018.  He is the past President and continued member of both the Augusta Country Club and Augusta Golf Association, and he has served on the boards of Associated General Contractors of America, Augusta Ballet, Richmond Academy Booster Club, Tuttle-Newton Home, Episcopal Day School and First Tee.  Mr. McKnight is a member of the Exchange Club of Augusta and Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church. He has served on the Georgia Ports Authority since 2014 where he has chaired the Development Committee and Finance Committee and served as the Secretary Treasurer and currently Vice Chairman. He is a member of Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island Golf Club, and the Augusta National Golf Club where he has served on the Gallery Committee of the Masters since 2000 and is presently Chairman of the Grounds Committee for the Masters.  He has also been a member of the Planning and Development Committee for AU Foundation as well as the Consolidation Committee for MCG and Augusta State University.He and his wife Janet have raised four daughters.  Dowtin graduated from Auburn University with a nursing degree.  Davis works for a consulting firm in Atlanta, GA.  Jane Marie and her husband both work for McKnight Construction Company and have three young sons, and Blakely and her husband also work for McKnight and also have a young son. Patrick “Kelly” Farr Jr., a native of Martinez, Ga., holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Augusta University. He currently serves as director of the Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget. Farr resides in Cumming with his wife, Jennifer, and two children, Trey and Sydney. Farr offers significant expertise in business development from his work at Lucent Technologies, Capgemini, and most recently, SAS Institute. In these capacities, Farr worked extensively with various state agencies to implement technological advances and improve constituent service. Farr also previously served as Deputy Secretary of State for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, responsible for budget management and oversight of daily operations. Joel O. Wooten is an attorney with the law firm of Butler Wooten & Peak, LLP. He served as chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents from 2004-2005 and was a board member from 1999-2006. He has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, and has been repeatedly selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer. He received the State Bar of Georgia’s Tradition of Excellence Award in 2000 and the UGA Law School’s Distinguished Service Scroll in 2012. Wooten earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 1972, and earned a law degree from the University of Georgia in 1975. He and his wife, Sybrina, have five children and four grandchildren. They reside in Columbus.
Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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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SEABOARD MARINE LAUNCHES NEW SAVANNAH-CENTRAL AMERICA ROUTE

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SAVANNAH, Ga., May 8, 2019 – The Port of Savannah welcomed its first Seaboard Marine vessel Wednesday. The new shipping line customer supports Savannah’s cold chain logistics system with one new service to Central America, and a second to Latin America and the Caribbean.

“In addition to serving Georgia’s poultry growers, Seaboard is tapping into an expanding market for fresh produce imports via Garden City Terminal,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “This is further proof that customers and carriers are discovering Savannah’s competitive advantages for chilled cargo.”

The ocean carrier’s first service to Savannah links the Southeastern U.S. to northern Central America, with Georgia exports centered on frozen poultry and imports composed largely of perishables and apparel produced in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.

“Produce reaches consumers faster, fresher and cheaper through the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “That’s good news for the folks who live in the Southeast, and perfectly complements Georgia’s frozen poultry export market, increasing efficiency for our shipping line partners.”

The initial Seaboard Marine service to Savannah features two vessels in a direct, all-water route, for an increase of 20,000 TEUs per year to Garden City Terminal’s total vessel inventory.

“The new North Central American service and the addition of Port of Savannah is an ideal gateway,” said Jose Concepcion, Seaboard Marine vice president for Central America. “We are excited about the opportunity to connect our brand of premium service forged over our 35-year history in Central America to this new domestic port.”

Starting in June, Seaboard Marine will also offer a second weekly service for both northbound and southbound cargoes between Savannah and South America (Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru), South Central America (Costa Rica and Panama), and the Caribbean (Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Suriname and Trinidad). For this service, frozen poultry exports will also form the basis of the southbound trade, with chilled produce imports northbound.

“We are pleased to offer shippers fast and reliable service between Savannah and Latin America,” said Piero Buitano, Seaboard Marine vice president for South America. “Adding Savannah to the company’s service network not only enhances our ability to support customers with new and convenient transportation opportunities to key countries in South America, but also introduces our extraordinary level of customer service to a broader customer base.”

The new services will bring Savannah’s weekly vessel calls to 37. This is equal to New York-New Jersey, for the most services on the U.S. East Coast.

“With increased exposure to these markets, the Port of Savannah is poised to become the gateway to South and Central America, providing new opportunities for trade to importers and exporters alike,” Lynch said.

Routing perishable goods through Savannah to serve the U.S. Southeast means produce reaches stores five to seven days sooner, for improved shelf life and product quality. Georgia’s central location means shorter overland routes to inland markets, allowing time-sensitive cargo to reach stores in less time, and at lower cost.

Savannah already has a strong, established outbound refrigerated market. Handling 40 percent of all frozen poultry exported out of the U.S., Garden City Terminal is the nation’s busiest export terminal for frozen poultry. On-terminal offices for U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Department of Agriculture speed the inspection process for chilled cargo. Major Savannah-area cold storage facilities include:

Frozen
Gulf States Cold Storage: 155,000 square feet
Lineage Logistics: 422,300 square feet (at two facilities, Savannah and Rincon)
AGRO Merchants: 400,000 square feet

Chilled
Portfresh Logistics (now owned by Americold): 100,000 square feet
Chilled and frozen warehouse space in Savannah currently totals just over 1 million square feet. Two major private expansions now in the works will add 285,000 square-feet for frozen cargo, and another 310,000 square-feet of chilled storage.

On terminal, the GPA has added 15 additional refrigerated container racks, for an increase of 360 container slots. Eight of the new racks came on line in December, while another seven became operational in April.

The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal now features 119 electric-powered refrigerated container racks. This brings Savannah’s refrigerated container capacity to 3,341 boxes at a time, counting 485 plug-ins for chilled containers on chassis.

Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

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PORT OF SAVANNAH ACHIEVES RECORD MARCH

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Port of Savannah achieves record March

Workers install infrastructure to support rail mounted gantry cranes April 3, 2019, at Garden City Terminal as part of the Georgia Ports Authority’s Mason Mega Rail project. Upon completion, the expansion will double the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority)

TOTAL CONTAINER TRADE UP 15.5 PERCENT; RAIL CONTAINERS UP 26 PERCENT

SAVANNAH, Ga., April 4, 2019 – The Port of Savannah handled more total containerized cargo and more intermodal rail volume, with greater connectivity and velocity, than any March on record, the Georgia Ports Authority reported today. 

“I would like to thank our employees at GPA, the stevedores and the International Longshoremen’s Association for helping to make this accomplishment possible,” said Griff Lynch, GPA’s executive director. “To have handled this level of intermodal volume, while reducing the time it takes for a container to move between rail and vessel operations, is a big win for our customers. We are just beginning to see this port’s capabilities.” 

While the port handled more than 410,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, an increase of 15.5 percent, rail volumes spiked by 26 percent for a total of 82,135 TEUs. In addition, GPA achieved a record low dwell time for intermodal boxes in March, with containers averaging just 27 hours from vessel to outbound rail. 

The Mason Mega Rail project, which will double the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, is 25 percent complete. The first phase will come online by October 2019, and the second phase will become operational by the end of 2020.

“Our rail expansion will allow Garden City Terminal to accommodate additional 10,000-foot long unit trains and provide direct rail service to inland markets such as St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “By stepping up to the plate to bring on additional rail capacity, we are expanding the size and scope of Georgia’s market reach.” 

Not only is the Port of Savannah handling more rail cargo, it is moving the intermodal boxes faster than ever. In just one year alone, the dwell time for such cargo was reduced by 50 percent. For the fiscal year to date, containers moved by rail are up 22 percent, compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, to reach 701,000 TEUs.

Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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. 

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com. 

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 First Kia Telluride crosses Brunswick docks

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Representatives from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, the Georgia Ports Authority, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the International Longshoremen’s Association and the shipping line Glovis send off one of the first Kia Tellurides to be exported via the Port of Brunswick on the ramp of the roll-on/roll-off vessel Sirius, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019, at Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia plans to ship approximately 3,000 Tellurides per year to global markets.Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

BRUNSWICK, Ga., Feb. 26, 2019 – The first of Kia’s new Telluride vehicles were loaded for export onto the Roll-on/Roll-off vessel Sirius today at the Port of Brunswick. The 8-person SUVs are destined for ports around the Arabian Peninsula.
 “The Telluride is a bold, capable new offering, and the largest Kia ever,” said Stuart Countess, chief administrative officer and vice president of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG). “For KMMG, it’s the logical next step in our commitment to meeting U.S. and global demand.”
 Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp applauded the expansion of Kia models made in America.
 “The company’s decision to build the Telluride here in Georgia is a testament to the caliber of hardworking men and women at the company’s West Point, Georgia, plant,” Kemp said. “Having created more than 14,000 jobs for Georgians, Kia is an outstanding corporate citizen, and we commend them for their commitment to innovation, quality, and growth.”
Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said the GPA is playing an expanded role for KMMG, handling both imported components and now the export of finished vehicles. “Through vertical integration – parts in via Savannah, autos out via Brunswick – Kia is taking advantage of Georgia’s extensive road and rail infrastructure, as well as its broader network of shipping line services,” Allgood said.
The Port of Savannah hosts 35 weekly container ship calls, while nine ocean carriers call on Colonel’s Island at the Port of Brunswick.
“For 10 years, we have been proud to support the thousands of jobs Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia provides in West Point, through efficient, reliable port services via Savannah,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Today marks an important development, as KMMG branches out from the domestic market in a major way to export vehicles made in America.”
The automaker plans to export approximately 3,000 Tellurides per year.
“Through continuous investment and expansion of infrastructure at the 1,700-acre facility, Brunswick is prepared to take on new business from Kia and other manufacturers,” said GPA Chief Administrative Officer Jamie McCurry. “As the single largest and second busiest U.S. hub for automotive trade, the Port of Brunswick moved more than 600,000 units last year.”
The Telluride is Kia’s largest and most technologically advanced vehicle to date. Initially designed with the U.S. market in mind at Kia’s design studio in California, the Telluride travels down the same manufacturing line as the award-winning Sorento, the highest-ranked Midsize SUV in the most recent J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.
Powered by a 291-hp 3.8-liter V6, with available active on-demand all-wheel drive, the Telluride is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds.
As Telluride shipments reach the Port of Brunswick, International Auto Processing will inspect the vehicles, wash and apply wrap guard, install tow hooks and adjust tire pressure, among other services. Ocean carrier Glovis will move the vessels overseas.
Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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. For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com

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BIG BERTH/BIG SHIP: SAVANNAH SET TO SERVE SIX 14,000-TEU VESSELS SIMULTANEOUSLY

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Big Berth/Big Ship: Savannah set to serve six 14,000-TEU vessels simultaneously

JANUARY GPA’S BUSIEST MONTH EVER; CONTAINER VOLUMES UP 28 PERCENT

By 2024, the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal will feature 37 cranes and the ability to serve six 14,000-TEU vessels at a time. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb. 5, 2019 – At the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch unveiled GPA’s Big Berth/Big Ship program that will allow the Port of Savannah to simultaneously handle six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2024.

“No other single container terminal in North America has the ability to expand berth capacity at this rate,” said Lynch. Currently, Savannah’s Garden City Terminal is equipped to handle two of these vessels and by April of this year that number will increase to three. 

During his presentation titled “2019: The Triple Crown?” Lynch told an audience of 350 logistics professionals that the Port of Savannah had just last week achieved the busiest month ever in its history, moving 433,975 TEUs, a whopping 28 percent jump over the previous year. 

“A strong global economy coupled with a growing awareness of Savannah’s logistical advantages are driving sustained growth at our deepwater container terminal,” GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said. “GPA’s Big Berth/Big Ship program will ensure Georgia stays ahead of demand and ahead of the competition.”

Over the next five years, the Authority plans to add another 21 Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, replacing 14 of its older models to bring the total fleet to 37. Dock upgrades are already under way to support the new, larger machines. 

The Savannah market is also seeing significant private development. Over the past 24 months, private investors have added 9 million square feet, to bring Savannah’s total industrial real estate market to 60.6 million square feet. The rate of construction has since accelerated, with another 9.2 million square feet of industrial space now under construction. 

“The Savannah market outpaces its peer group for warehouse demand. One of Savannah’s strong suits is that within a 30-mile radius from Gate 4 there is still a real deep inventory of industrial sites and parks that have very effective access to and from Garden City Terminal,” said Blaine Kelley, senior vice president in the global supply chain practice of industrial real estate firm CBRE. “Not surprisingly, it really all starts with the ports infrastructure, the access to global markets, the capacity for long-term growth, and the proximity to the immediate and regional customer base.”

Kelley took part on a GFTC panel titled, “What Are the Key Challenges to Site Selection Today?”, along with Chris Schwinden, vice president of Site Selection Group and Alan Erera, professor of Supply Chain Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Allgood added that regardless of the volumes the ports handle month to month, the Authority remains true to its plan to have the long-term interests of customers in mind. “Our beacon is our customers’ needs,” Allgood said. “As long as we always keep that first, we’re going to do well.” 

In addition to the ship-to-shore cranes GPA is adding, a dozen new rubber-tired gantry cranes will bring the number Garden City Terminal’s container handling cranes to 158. Ten RTGs will be commissioned in July, another two in September. Phase I of the Mason Mega Rail project will be complete in October 2019. Full completion a year later will double the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. In late 2021, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is slated for completion, delivering the deeper water necessary to better accommodate the larger vessels now calling on the U.S. East Coast.

“These advancements are necessary to handle tremendous customer demand at our terminals,” Lynch said.

Schwinden said GPA’s continuous investment aids economic development in Georgia. “The most competitive states and communities are making strategic, proactive investments in transportation infrastructure to ensure they can stay ahead of ever-accelerating corporate and consumer demand,” said Schwinden, who specializes in industrial location and economic development. “In Site Selection Group’s view, Georgia is one of those competitive states that is making those critical investments in transportation infrastructure.” 

Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

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KIA TO TAP SAVANNAH FOR TELLURIDE COMPONENTS, BRUNSWICK FOR EXPORT

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Kia to tap Savannah for Telluride components, Brunswick for export

The south side of Colonel’s Island at the Port of Brunswick features an additional 400 acres permitted for development. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

VERTICAL INTEGRATION AIDS SUPPLY CHAIN EFFICIENCY

SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb. 4, 2019 – At the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference today, Stuart Countess, chief administrative officer and vice president of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, announced that the Telluride, its new 8-person SUV, will begin crossing the Port of Brunswick’s docks for global markets this month.

“The launch of the Kia Telluride, our largest and most refined SUV to date, will be a monumental achievement for KMMG,” said Countess. “From the support we receive from GPA with our inbound parts from our global supply chain to supporting our export of finished vehicles to current and future markets, GPA will play an important role.” 

Through vertical integration – parts in via Savannah, autos out via Brunswick – Kia takes advantage of Georgia’s extensive road and rail infrastructure, as well as its broader network of shipping line services.

“Kia has been a valued customer for the Port of Savannah since 2009, when KMMG first began producing vehicles for the domestic U.S. market in West Point, Ga.,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Their decision to export the Telluride via Brunswick highlights the benefits of having North America’s largest container port and largest autoport within 85 miles of each other. Georgia provides the total package when it comes to auto manufacturing and global distribution.” 

Countess, Mark Boucher, director of vehicle logistics for the Volkswagen Group of America, and Gerry Lee, vice president of planning and logistics for Subaru of America, took part in the GFTC automotive panel, titled “What Challenges Does the North American Auto Industry Face in 2019?” One of the keys to success, the experts agreed, is a reliable and cost-efficient supply chain. 

Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga receives parts from the Port of Savannah and currently exports a small number of the Passat and Atlas models via Brunswick. Boucher said VW will soon launch a new version of the Passat and the company has “robust plans for delivering the Atlas to more than 30 export destinations in 2019.”

In addition, Boucher said the manufacturer was making an $800 million investment to manufacture and export electric vehicles by 2022. 

Jay Johnson, intercontinental logistics specialist for Volkswagen, oversees the import of parts supplying the Chattanooga plant. “We continue to build our partnership as our needs change and as the GPA continues to add more logistic values by improvements at the Savannah Port, as well as adding the Appalachian Regional Port,” Johnson said. “GPA has proven over and over again through the years their ability to assist us on many hard and difficult occasions.  We are thankful to have a partnership where sometimes you feel as if you are their only customer.”

Johnson added: “As a service provider, the Port of Savannah continually performs as an industry leader on many levels, especially when providing SSL Carriers, IT ability, discharge times, truck turn times and driver assistance. Their position on continual improvements assists our Chattanooga operations daily with a smooth, seamless supply chain.” 

Lee said Subaru relies on the GPA to import its Forester, Crosstrek, WRX and BRZ models. “The Port of Brunswick is the right fit for Subaru’s vehicle supply chain because it is a great location to support the retailers in our Atlanta and Orlando sales zones.”  

Another example of vertical integration among GPA’s automotive customers is General Motors’ Acadia. The Port of Savannah supplies GM’s Spring Hill, Tenn., plant and, starting this year, will export approximately 12,000 Acadia SUVs through Ocean Terminal.

The Georgia Ports Authority performs a similar service for the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala., with parts imported through Savannah and finished vehicles exported via Brunswick.

Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

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SAVANNAH’S TEU COUNT GROWS 7.5 PERCENT IN 2018

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Savannah’s TEU count grows 7.5 percent in 2018

INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANDING TO HANDLE NEW BUSINESS

The Port of Savannah moved more than 350,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units in December. Nine of the Georgia Ports Authority’s 10 busiest months were in 2018. Find print quality images here.  (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 29, 2019 – The Port of Savannah moved 4.35 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Calendar Year 2018, its highest annual volume ever, and a 7.5 percent increase over 2017, according to a report from Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch to the GPA Board Tuesday. 

“The level of business Georgia has captured is a testament to the world-class service provided by our stevedores, ILA, pilots, other port stakeholders, and our partners at Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Georgia’s unrivaled connectivity to Atlanta, Memphis, Charlotte and beyond allows port customers to reach new and growing markets.” 

In December alone, the Port of Savannah handled 351,366 TEUs, an increase of 8.7 percent, or 28,250 TEUs. It was the Authority’s busiest December ever, and capped a year with nine of the GPA’s 10 busiest months on record. 

“The reason Georgia’s ports remain the fastest growing in the nation is because we are quickly adding capacity to our operations,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “The leadership model our ports and elected officials have put into place is forward thinking and works hard to build for the next wave of growth.” 

Allgood said the ports made several strides in infrastructure development during the last year. In February, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The federal government provided $101.12 million to continue SHEP construction this year, and inner harbor dredging is on track to start this year.

During the meeting, Lynch informed board members the expansion of Gate 8 had been completed, and will increase overall gate capacity by 16 percent, for a total of 56 lanes. The expanded gate will open next month.

In addition, the Authority has ordered 12 new rubber-tired gantry cranes to serve the Port of Savannah, bringing its fleet to 158. The first 10 new RTGs will arrive and be commissioned in July. Two will be commissioned in September. Construction on six ship-to-shore cranes slated to arrive in 2020 is now 45 percent complete. The new cranes will bring the Port of Savannah’s fleet to 36 and allow the port to increase big ship capacity.

The Port of Savannah handled its most ever containers by rail in 2018, moving 478,669 containers – approximately 860,000 TEUs – via Class I rail providers Norfolk Southern and CSX. The rail volume represented a 19 percent increase compared to 2017. To handle the additional intermodal volumes, GPA will complete Phase I of the Mason Mega Rail project in October of this year, and Phase II by October 2020. When complete, the project will double current rail capacity at Garden City Terminal from 500,000 to 1 million containers per year. 

In Brunswick, autos and machinery increased by 6.4 percent (18,911 units) in the first half of Fiscal Year 2019 (July-December 2018) for a total of 315,611 units. At GPA’s Colonel’s Island, the single largest autoport in North America, expansion projects are under way that will double GPA’s rail capacity and significantly increase near-dock storage. The Authority also plans to develop another 400 acres to bring annual throughput capacity to 1.5 million vehicles in the coming years. 

“Brunswick’s proximity to Southeastern dealerships and auto manufacturers, combined with its ability to reach important inland markets via CSX and Norfolk Southern, makes it the ideal autoport for import cargo,” Lynch said. “Nine ocean carriers serving our 1,700-acre terminal means Brunswick has the global connections to efficiently move exports, and the space to take on new business.”

December also closed the second quarter of the GPA’s fiscal year. For the first half of Fiscal Year 2019 (July-December 2018), the Port of Savannah moved 2.2 million TEUs, up 176,800 TEUS, or 8.6 percent. In total cargo, GPA handled 18.1 million tons for the first half of FY2019.

Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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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GPA EMPLOYEES SHARE HOLIDAY CHEER WITH CASA KIDS

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GPA employees share holiday cheer with CASA kids

Georgia Ports employees pose with staff from Savannah/Chatham CASA during the wrap-up of GPA’s gift drive for children under the care of Savannah Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates. Find print-quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority photo

 Savannah, Ga. – December 13, 2018  – Employees of the Georgia Ports Authority helped make the holidays a little brighter for dozens of Savannah-area children Thursday.For the past 16 years, GPA employees have delivered wrapped gifts for youths in the care of Savannah Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). This year GPA employees provided gifts for 72 children.”The Georgia Ports is honored to take part in a program that helps children across our community who are in the most need of care and support,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Hopefully a small thing like a Christmas gift will remind children who may be going through difficult situations that their community cares for them.”Each GPA gift-giver sponsored a child by filling wish lists with holiday goodies. Gift suggestions included clothes, toys, dolls, bikes and games. Case workers at CASA supply the GPA with wish lists for children and youth of all ages.CASA volunteers stand up for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected. Appointed by judges, they speak up for the child’s needs in the courtroom and community.”CASA is grateful for the ports who have sponsored more than 70 of our children this holiday season,” said Kate Blair Executive Director, Savannah/Chatham CASA. “Because of their generosity, the children we serve, will wake up to a Christmas morning they will never forget.”Holiday carolers from the West Chatham Elementary School Chorus added to the festive atmosphere Thursday.Throughout the year, CASA trains volunteers to help hundreds of children who have been removed from their homes and become entangled in an overcrowded juvenile justice and foster care system. The mission of the CASA program is to ensure abused and neglected children find a safe, permanent and nurturing home.Savannah/Chatham CASA is currently serving 185 children and the need is growing. In Chatham County during 2017, 325 children were in care. Now, just shy of 500 children are in care.For information about becoming a CASA volunteer, call 912-447-8908.

Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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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GPA on track for 4.3M TEUs

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Continued strength expected in new year

At the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal, 146 rubber-tired gantry cranes work the stacks at the nation’s largest single-operator container terminal. The Port of Savannah has moved 4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in the first 11 months of the calendar year. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

SAVANNAH, Ga., Dec. 10, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority is on track to reach 4.36 million twenty-foot equivalent container units handled in 2018, its highest volumes ever in a calendar year. The performance would mean an increase of 8 percent (312,385 TEUs) compared to CY2017.   “Cargo expansion related to growth in inland markets, as well as increased demand right here in the U.S. Southeast have shifted the global logistics arena in Savannah’s favor, with more port users choosing to serve their customers via Georgia’s deepwater terminals,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.   For Calendar Year 2018 through November, the Port of Savannah has handled 4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, up from 3.72 million over the same period last year. Containers currently booked for December will add approximately 362,000 TEUs to the annual total.   The Georgia Ports Authority achieved 11.4 percent growth in container volumes in November, handling 344,506 TEUs last month, an increase of 35,359. With 151 vessel calls at the container port, Garden City Terminal averaged 1,322 container moves per vessel in November.   It is the 25th consecutive month the GPA has posted positive year-over-year growth.    “Every additional container we move means new business in trucking, rail and warehousing,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “The ripple effect of the success at Georgia’s ports means additional jobs and income coming to our neighbors and communities across the state.”   Port officials predict brisk container business at the Port of Savannah moving into 2019. Several vessel calls were rescheduled from the end of November to the beginning of December. Combined with planned December trade, this should result in strong numbers to round out the year. Additionally, many carriers are expected to make above-average cargo exchanges in January ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration, which begins on Feb. 5.   November was also a busy month for trade in autos and heavy machinery. The GPA handled 59,297 units of Roll-on/Roll-off cargo last month, an increase of 12,135 units, or 25.7 percent. Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick led the growth, adding nearly 12,000 vehicles to its total from November 2017.   “With the largest terminals in the nation for both container and Ro/Ro cargo, the ports of Savannah and Brunswick have a greater capacity to grow along with our customers,” Lynch said. “The result is superior reliability as port users build up their businesses to satisfy increasing demand across the Eastern U.S.”
Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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. For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com

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GEORGIA MOVES 630K CARS, TRUCKS AND TRACTORS IN FY18

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Georgia moves 630K cars, trucks and tractors in FY18

GPA DETAILS PLAN TO DOUBLE BRUNSWICK CAPACITY TO 1.5 MILLION UNITS

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch gives his Brunswick State of the Port address, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Lynch detailed expansion projects that will double the port’s auto rail capacity and allow Georgia to reach markets as far west as California with direct service. Today, the Port of Brunswick moves nearly 25,000 vehicles to points west of the Mississippi River, including Texas and California. Lynch said GPA expects the Port of Brunswick to become a national gateway for the import-export of autos, trucks and tractors. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

  

Savannah, Ga. – October 25, 2018 – At the Brunswick State of the Port today, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Griff Lynch detailed Fiscal Year 2018 successes, including 630,000 units of cars, trucks and tractors handled through Georgia terminals. 

“The Port of Brunswick achieved a solid performance across all cargo categories over the last fiscal year,” Lynch said. “As GPA adds new terminal space, we will expand our service area in the Southeast and beyond.” 

During the event hosted by the Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, Lynch outlined a series of infrastructure projects that will increase capacity and provide new opportunities in Roll-on/Roll-off cargo handling. Over the next 12 months, GPA will add 60 dockside acres to the Ro/Ro operation. The new space will increase car storage by 8,250 spaces. GPA also plans to add a new cross-terminal road linking the three vessel berths, as well as a new access road between the docks and the island’s south side. These improvements will offer a more direct route to existing auto processing lots and new development on the south end of the terminal. 

“Our ability to expand capacity on Colonel’s Island is unmatched in the U.S.” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “The strength of our ports is a result of the incredible team that makes it all possible – the GPA staff and International Longshoremen’s Association, the on-terminal auto processors, our thousands of loyal customers, and, of course, the support we receive from elected leadership throughout the state.” 

The new dockside expansion will also double GPA’s rail capacity and give Brunswick the ability to build up 10,000-foot long unit trains on terminal. These longer trains make direct service over greater distances more attractive to Brunswick’s Class I rail roads, CSX and Norfolk Southern. This will allow the Port of Brunswick to expand service in markets west of the Mississippi River and into the American Midwest. Vehicles crossing the Brunswick docks are already moving west in significant numbers, with 16,000 units sent to California from Brunswick and more than 4,500 to Texas during FY2018. 

By 2019, the GPA will have added 250 acres, for a total of 550 acres of leasable space for auto processing at Colonel’s Island Terminal. Current annual capacity in Brunswick is more than 800,000 units. GPA’s plan is to utilize an additional 400 acres to bring annual throughput capacity to 1.5 million vehicles in the coming years. 

“By tonnage, Brunswick is already the second busiest Ro/Ro port in the nation, behind only Baltimore,” said Lynch.  “As business grows to fill our expanding terminal, the Port of Brunswick will play an even larger role on the global trade in vehicles and heavy equipment.” 

In other news, forest products crossing the docks at Mayor’s Point Terminal in Brunswick increased by 34.5 percent in FY2018, up 35,953 tons, for a total of 138,653 tons.  Bulk cargo handled by terminal operator Logistec at East River Terminal totaled 1 million tons in the fiscal year ended in June, up 11 percent, or 101,000 tons. Of GPA’s total Roll-on/Roll-off trade, Brunswick moved more than 590,500 units, or 1.25 million tons and flat growth for the fiscal year.  

Lynch also released new economic data from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business showing a 20 percent increase in Brunswick-area jobs supported by port activity. The Port of Brunswick now sustains 10,800 jobs across Glynn, Camden, Brantley, Wayne, Long and McIntosh counties. That is an increase of more than 1,800 jobs since 2014, according to the UGA economic impact study. Major industries across the six-county area include the manufacture of paper and forest products, agriculture, and auto processing. Statewide, port activity supports 440,000 jobs and $25 billion in annual income for Georgians. 

“Our success translates into more jobs and greater prosperity for the communities surrounding our terminals, and for the state of Georgia as a whole,” Allgood told those gathered for the event. “As we make the preparations necessary to grow our cargo capacity at the Port of Brunswick, we anticipate economic opportunities will also expand.” 

See a summary of Executive Director Griff Lynch’s presentation at www.gaports.com/stateoftheport. Find print-quality images of port operations here. 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.

 

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

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