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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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SAVANNAH CONTAINER TRADE UP 12 PERCENT

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Savannah container trade up 12 percent

BRUNSWICK RO/RO SEES 37.6 PERCENT INCREASE

For the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019, the Port of Savannah has handled 1.1 million twenty-foot equivalent container units. Find print quality images here.  (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

 

SAVANNAH, Ga., Oct. 17, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority achieved a 12 percent increase in containerized trade at the Port of Savannah in September, along with a 37.6 percent increase in roll-on/roll-off trade at the Port of Brunswick. 

“The impressive volumes moving through our deepwater terminals are related to our customers building inventory for the peak buying season,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We anticipate year-on-year growth to continue as we’re trending toward a strong fourth quarter of the calendar year.” 

Marking 23 consecutive months of growth, the Port of Savannah handled 364,090 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, an increase of nearly 39,000 TEUs over September 2017. GPA ended the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019 (July-September) with 1.1 million TEUs handled. The performance was good for 10.8 percent growth (109,164 TEUs) compared to the first quarter of FY2018. 

At the Port of Brunswick, automotive and heavy equipment units increased by 13,811 in September for a total of 50,515 units. 

“From exports to imports, autos and machinery units to containerized goods, our ports are firing on all cylinders,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Our success is the result of always looking out on the horizon for what’s coming next.” 

Cargo moving by rail at the 1,200-acre Garden City Terminal continues to outpace Savannah’s overall TEU growth, expanding by 35 percent in September and 30 percent for the fiscal year to date, on volumes of 41,183 and 131,819 containers, respectively. 

To take on more rail business, the GPA has started construction on what will become the largest on-terminal rail facility for a port in North America. The Mason Mega Rail Terminal will start to come online in 2019, with full completion in 2020. Able to accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains, the rail yard will help increase Savannah’s intermodal market by making direct service over longer distances more cost effective for rail providers Norfolk Southern and CSX. 

Lynch said the additional business is related in part to on-terminal infrastructure expansions, as well as private investment in warehousing and logistics services in Georgia. 

“New cranes, additional space and expanded truck gates at our terminals, as well as booming private industrial development are not only improving efficiency for existing customers, but drawing new port users to Georgia,” Lynch said. 

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 PORT PLAN 8 MILLION TEU CAPACITY BY 2028

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Georgia Ports plan 8 million TEU capacity by 2028

 

GPA UNVEILS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Savannah, Ga. – September 20, 2018 – At the Savannah State of the Port event today, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch thanked Governor Deal for his leadership and detailed GPA’s 10-year, $2.5 billion plan to expand the capacity of the nation’s fastest growing and single largest container terminal from 5.5 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) to 8 million.

“We’re preparing to redefine the Port of Savannah as not simply the load center for the Southeastern U.S., but as the port of choice for major inland markets east of the Mississippi River,” Lynch said. 

During his presentation to nearly 1,400 people, including Gov. Deal, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, Congressman Buddy Carter, other elected officials and business leaders from across the state and nation, Lynch detailed projects that include the Mason Mega Rail facility, which will double the Port of Savannah’s rail capacity to 1 million lifts per year by 2020; new equipment purchases including eight additional ship-to-shore cranes and 64 additional rubber-tired gantry cranes; gate and container storage expansions, berth improvements and off terminal road additions. 

“Almost eight years ago, Gov. Nathan Deal established a goal to make Georgia the best state in the nation to do business by providing state government, business leaders and our ports what they needed to make that happen,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. He noted that since Governor Deal took office in 2011, the Port of Savannah has grown by 45 percent or an additional 1.2 million TEUs; the harbor deepening project has been approved and is now 50 percent complete; and, state transportation improvements like the Jimmy Deloach Parkway ensure that cargo moves more efficiently and without delay. 

In just the past year, GPA handled a record 4.2 million TEUS, for an impressive 8.4% increase, or 325,000 additional units.  Intermodal rail lifts surged to 435,000, an increase of 16.1%, or more than 60,000 additional moves, another GPA record.

Industrial Development

Lynch expressed thanks for the leadership provided by state and local economic development authorities for helping to land 29 port-related projects in Fiscal Year 2018, bringing more than $1 billion in investment and 4,741 jobs to Georgia. 

“Industries are drawn to Georgia by its growing population, economic energy and its superior connectivity to important centers of production and commerce,” Deal said. “Companies that ship through Georgia’s ports benefit from superior road and rail infrastructure, and more global container services than any other port on the U.S. East Coast.” 

Over the past year, Lynch said, the Savannah market has seen record private investment in industrial real estate. In FY2018, developers added more than 6 million square feet of industrial space, according to Collier’s International. The area’s vacancy rate was still only one half of one percent by the end of the year. Strong market demand has resulted in an unprecedented 9.75 million square feet currently under construction. 

Bigger Ships, Deeper Harbor

Work on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is expected to be finished in late 2021. “Thanks to Governor Deal’s leadership, U.S. Senator Isakson and Perdue, Congressman Buddy Carter and the entire Georgia delegation, the construction project is fully funded this year,” said Lynch.

 A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study estimates the deepening’s net benefit in transportation savings for shippers and consumers at $282 million per year. The expected total savings to the nation over the course of 50 years is $14.1 billion. For every dollar spent on construction, the project will return 7.3 dollars to the nation’s economy through savings on cargo transportation – one of the largest returns on investment on a navigation project for taxpayers in the country.

 As deeper water allows larger vessels to call on the Port of Savannah, the GPA, along with its state partners, will be examining future infrastructure requirements, including air draft capacity of the Talmadge Bridge. Although no such vessels currently call on the US East Coast, the port could handle some vessels up to 19,000 TEU capacity.  

 

YES Program

“At the GPA, we are not only focused on expanding capacity on and off our terminals, but we are committed to finding, training and retaining the next generation of port professionals,” Lynch said.

 Lynch unveiled GPA’s new workforce development initiative, the Youth learning Equipment and Safety program, or YES, created to hire and train high school graduates for careers in the port industry. The new hires will shadow experienced workers and learn forklift, truck and container equipment operations. The first six employees hired through the program were referred to GPA by school administrators after taking classes and expressing interest in a logistics career.

 “Through our YES program, we are hiring promising young people who are ready to get to work,” Lynch said. “In today’s market, we have to do more than search for qualified applicants – we have to be willing to train the workers we need. Maintaining a well-qualified workforce is critical to remaining competitive.”

 Allgood said the enhanced employee training policy places the GPA in a leadership role among the nation’s ports. “At Georgia Ports, we’re setting the right example by creating opportunities for young people to enter a career that will allow them to support themselves and their families over the long term,” Allgood said.

 “The young people joining GPA today will be able to learn from the best in the business as they find their niche within our operation,” said Lise Altman, GPA’s Senior Director of Human Resources. “We hope to increase the number of high school graduates hired through the YES program next year. Those who are interested in taking part should reach out to their school administrators for more information.”

 

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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GPA APPROVES $92M RAIL EXPANSION

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GPA approves $92M rail expansion

 

 

SAVANNAH CONTAINER TRADE UP 8 PERCENT IN AUGUST

As part of the Mason Mega Rail project, the GPA Board approved on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the addition of 23 miles of track on Garden City Terminal to better accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains. Find print quality images here.  (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

 

SAVANNAH, Ga., Sept. 17, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved 375,833 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers (TEUs) in August, an 8 percent increase over August 2017.  In addition, the GPA handled 86,200 intermodal TEUs, a 33 percent jump.

“A strengthening economy and a greater reliance on GPA in major inland markets is driving growth at the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We expect this trend to continue as more customers take advantage of Garden City Terminal’s central location and efficient terminal operations.”

For example, in August alone, rail cargo to and from Atlanta leapt by 34 percent, while Nashville saw an increase of 72 percent.

During a meeting of the Georgia Ports Authority Board of Directors in Atlanta on Monday, the GPA approved $92 million for the Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The project will double the Port of Savannah’s annual rail capacity to 1 million containers and deliver the largest on-terminal rail facility in North America by 2020.

“It is no accident the GPA is constructing rail capacity as the demand for rail is growing,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “As part of our strategic planning two years ago, our team identified the growing role intermodal cargo would play in GPA’s long-term success and put into place this plan for expansion.”

The work approved by the board Monday includes 124,000 feet of new track, 88 automated switches and rail control devices, as well as the rail and power infrastructure to support the operation of rail-mounted gantry cranes.

The added rail capacity will better accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains on Garden City Terminal.  These more cost-effective trains will provide faster, more frequent service over greater distances. This will extend the territory best served by the Port of Savannah along an arc of cities ranging from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati.

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’S NEW INLAND TERMINAL OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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Georgia’s new inland terminal open for business

APPALACHIAN REGIONAL PORT TO SERVE FOUR-STATE REGION

Gov. Nathan Deal, center, cuts a ribbon during the Grand Opening of the Appalachian Regional Port near Chatsworth, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Improved rail access to the area has led to increased interest from manufacturers and logistics services. The inland terminal will be operated by the Georgia Ports Authority and served by CSX. Find print quality images here. Learn more about the Appalachian Regional Port here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

 

CHATSWORTH, Ga., Aug. 22, 2018 – Gov. Nathan Deal, state officials and more than 350 business and civic leaders were on hand today to officially open the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) in Northwest Georgia. 

“The Appalachian Regional Port is a powerful new gateway to the Port of Savannah that extends the efficiencies of Georgia’s superior port operations to new markets,” Deal said. “It will also serve as an economic development magnet, drawing business and industry to the Southeast U.S.” 

Located in Murray County, the new state-of-the-art facility will provide logistics solutions for customers in a four-state region and remove an estimated 50,000 trucks and 15 million truck miles from local highways every year. 

“The ARP is part of our Network Georgia initiative that brings services from the coast to communities around the state,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “The new inland terminal will provide the same, superior quality services our customers have come to rely on: congestion-free, easy access, expedited handling and reliability.” 

Through intermodal rail service from CSX, the Appalachian Regional Port offers customers across North Georgia, Northeast Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky a more efficient option to move cargo to and from Savannah’s container port. 

GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said building additional logistics assets helps fulfill the Authority’s overall mission.

“Our job at Georgia’s ports is very simple – to build, operate and maintain the very best infrastructure and services in the maritime industry. And, the ARP will be another example of this commitment,” Allgood said. “We appreciate the governor’s support for the ARP and other projects that have helped to make our ports what they are today. Gov. Deal knows what it takes to make Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation to do business.”

Handling both import and export containers, CSX will provide service on a direct, 388-mile rail route to and from the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. 

“CSX is proud to serve regional customers through the ARP, which will unlock new economic opportunities while lowering shipping costs,” said Dean Piacente, vice president of CSX intermodal sales and marketing. “We applaud the vision and leadership of Governor Deal and the Georgia Ports Authority, as they drive Georgia forward in ways that will benefit both businesses and consumers.” 

The new rail terminal will be worked by three electric rubber-tired gantry cranes. Each has a lift capacity greater than 40 tons and, working together, can handle 100,000 container lifts per year. 

Murray County is a Tier 1 area, meaning special incentives are available to job creators who locate there. More direct and economical access to the second busiest port on the East Coast will make Murray County more attractive to those involved in site selection.

“The Appalachian Regional Port is a great example of how the GPA is investing in rural Georgia, and not forgetting how that can play into the growing economic strength of the state,” Deal said. 

Illya Copeland, executive director of the Murray County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), said the area offers prime locations for manufacturing and logistics development near the inland port. “Murray County features 16 sites offering more than 1,500 acres of developable land, most of which can support multiple developments,” Copeland said. “Of the 1,500 acres, 258 acres are rail-front property.” 

He said the IDA bought a 382-acre tract in January, and is closing on two port-related projects in the park already. 

Other benefits of the Appalachian Regional Port include:

  • Sits on 42 acres adjacent to U.S. 411 and features easy access to Interstate 75.
  • Will serve as a close, convenient and cost-effective source of empty containers for manufacturers across the region, offering significant savings on repositioning equipment for exports.
  • Offers generous container storage terms: five days free storage for loaded containers; 10-day free storage for empties.
  • Each round-trip container moved via the ARP offsets 710 truck miles on Georgia highways.

 

What customers are saying:

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods

Claire Getty
Chief Financial Officer

With the Appalachian Regional Port, we will be able to source the empty containers. Also, it’s the same distance from us by truck, but it is closer to the Port of Savannah than Nashville. Cutting that much rail off and keeping the same drayage, we see it as a win. We see it as an opportunity to move as much as we can through the Appalachian Regional Port.

 

The Atlas Group
Kevin McKone
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

We’re excited it’s coming to the community. I think it will shorten the time it takes to get the container in the door, open it up and start selling it.

 

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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BUSY JULY BOOSTS GPA CONTAINER TRADE 12.7 PERCENT

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Busy July boosts GPA container trade 12.7 percent

 

NEW RECORD FOR INTERMODAL MOVES

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its second busiest month on record for containerized trade in July. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority)

 

SAVANNAH, Ga., Aug. 13, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority moved 378,767 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUS) in July, an increase of 12.7 percent, or 42,668 TEUs, compared to the same month last year. It was the second busiest month on record for the Port of Savannah. 

“July was an incredible start to our fiscal year, with double-digit growth across our container, breakbulk and dry bulk operations,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. 

In Fiscal Year 2018 (July 2017—June 2018), rail cargo at Garden City Terminal increased by 16 percent (60,000 containers) for a total of 435,000 intermodal rail lifts. July continued that trend, with the busiest month on record for intermodal cargo, at 41,070 container moves, for an increase of 20.8 percent (7,087 containers) compared to July 2017. 

“Greater capacity, via cost-effective 14,000-TEU vessels transiting the Panama Canal, makes Savannah an even more competitive option to serve the Eastern U.S.,” said Lynch. “This, in part, is driving an increase in rail moves to markets such as Memphis and Nashville.” 

Since Fiscal Year 2016, the GPA has seen its container trade grow by nearly 16 percent, or an additional 560,000 TEUs. However, turn times for motor carriers and rail operations have not increased. 

“Georgia has simply built a superior logistics solution and our customers and carriers are responding,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “We continue to deliver a congestion-free terminal operation, even with record growth.” 

Allgood said GPA’s increasing trade has positive ripple effects throughout Georgia’s economy. 

“Many jobs are being created in the logistics industry and beyond due to the growing business through Georgia’s ports,” Allgood said. “From 2014 to 2017, the University of Georgia found a 19 percent rise in jobs supported by the ports, or 70,000 additional positions, for a total of nearly 440,000 jobs supported by Georgia’s ports.” 

Total GPA tonnage in July grew by 10.5 percent, or nearly 300,000 tons, for a total of 3.15 million tons. Breakbulk tonnage crossing all docks increased by 14.4 percent (33,494 tons) in July for a total of 265,891 tons of cargo. At East River Terminal in Brunswick, bulk cargo grew by 43 percent. Terminal operator Logistec moved an additional 29,670 tons last month, for a total of 98,483. 

In roll-on/roll-off cargo, the GPA handled 53,419 units of autos and machinery, an increase of 5 percent, or 2,610 units, compared to July 2017. Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick moved the majority of that Ro/Ro cargo, accounting for 50,850 units of the total. 

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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STORK MAKES FIRST DELIVERIES TO SAVANNAH

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Stork makes first deliveries to Savannah

TAKES ON 3,400 EXPORT CONTAINERS

Five ship-to-shore cranes work the Ocean Network Express vessel Stork during its maiden voyage to the Port of Savannah, Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Garden City Terminal. The 14,000-TEU ship is the first of the ONE line’s new magenta vessels to call on Savannah. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

 

 

 

STORK MAKES FIRST DELIVERIES TO SAVANNAH

Takes on 3,400 export containers

 

Savannah, Ga. – July 27, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the container ship Stork on its maiden voyage Thursday.

The vessel, part of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) shipping company, has a capacity of 14,026 twenty-foot equivalent units. The newly built Stork was just delivered to ONE on June 12.

“It’s an honor to welcome this distinctive ship to the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Vessels in the 14,000-plus range represent the future of global shipping, and play to Savannah’s strengths of space, infrastructure and cargo fluidity.”

At the 1,200-acre Garden City Terminal, five cranes will move more than 4,000 containers on and off the vessel, including 3,432 export containers and 655 import boxes.

The vessel is the first to call on Savannah featuring the ONE line’s distinctive color.

“Magenta is very symbolic of our new company’s independent and innovative approach to global container shipping,” said Jeremy Nixon, CEO of the ONE alliance. “Magenta, we also hope, will improve safety, and make the ONE Stork, and her sister-ships, much more visible to all the many other vessels that may pass her in close proximity over the course of her full trading life.”

According to the shipping line, the Stork makes use of state-of-the-art vessel design for improved efficiency. The ship’s hull shape allows improved cargo-loading efficiency, achieved by minimized engine-room space. Additionally, the main engine’s dual, high- or low-output system allows flexible operation and improved fuel-consumption, resulting in a significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

The Stork is deployed on THE Alliance’s EC4 service (Asia to North America East Coast).

 

Vessel Particulars of ONE STORK

Length: 1,194 feet

Breadth: 166 feet

Depth: 96.78 feet

Deadweight Tonnage: 139,500 T

Container Capacity: 14,000 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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STORK MAKES FIRST DELIVERIES TO SAVANNAH

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Stork makes first deliveries to Savannah

 

TAKES ON 3,400 EXPORT CONTAINERS

Five ship-to-shore cranes work the Ocean Network Express vessel Stork during its maiden voyage to the Port of Savannah, Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Garden City Terminal. The 14,000-TEU ship is the first of the ONE line’s new magenta vessels to call on Savannah. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

 

STORK MAKES FIRST DELIVERIES TO SAVANNAH

Takes on 3,400 export containers

 

Savannah, Ga. – July 27, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the container ship Stork on its maiden voyage Thursday.

The vessel, part of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) shipping company, has a capacity of 14,026 twenty-foot equivalent units. The newly built Stork was just delivered to ONE on June 12.

“It’s an honor to welcome this distinctive ship to the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Vessels in the 14,000-plus range represent the future of global shipping, and play to Savannah’s strengths of space, infrastructure and cargo fluidity.”

At the 1,200-acre Garden City Terminal, five cranes will move more than 4,000 containers on and off the vessel, including 3,432 export containers and 655 import boxes.

The vessel is the first to call on Savannah featuring the ONE line’s distinctive color.

“Magenta is very symbolic of our new company’s independent and innovative approach to global container shipping,” said Jeremy Nixon, CEO of the ONE alliance. “Magenta, we also hope, will improve safety, and make the ONE Stork, and her sister-ships, much more visible to all the many other vessels that may pass her in close proximity over the course of her full trading life.”

According to the shipping line, the Stork makes use of state-of-the-art vessel design for improved efficiency. The ship’s hull shape allows improved cargo-loading efficiency, achieved by minimized engine-room space. Additionally, the main engine’s dual, high- or low-output system allows flexible operation and improved fuel-consumption, resulting in a significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

The Stork is deployed on THE Alliance’s EC4 service (Asia to North America East Coast).

 

Vessel Particulars of ONE STORK

Length: 1,194 feet

Breadth: 166 feet

Depth: 96.78 feet

Deadweight Tonnage: 139,500 T

Container Capacity: 14,000 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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SAVANNAH TEU VOLUME REACHES 4.2 MILLION IN FY1

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GPA GROWTH HITS 20 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved records in total tonnage and twenty-foot equivalent container units handled in Fiscal Year 2018, which ended in June. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton) 

 

Savannah, Ga. – July 23, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled a record 4.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2018 (July ‘17 – June ‘18), for an impressive 8.4% increase year-over-year, or 325,000 additional units.   

 

“Moving more than 4 million TEUs in a single fiscal year is an important milestone for Georgia,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Georgia’s logistical advantages, along with the Southeast’s population growth, have resulted in increased demand, while the expanded Panama Canal has cleared the way for larger vessels to call Savannah.” 

 

The GPA capped FY18 with its 20th consecutive month of positive year-over-year growth. In its busiest June ever, the Port of Savannah handled 370,725 TEUs, up 9.8 percent (33,014 TEUs) over June 2017. It was the Authority’s 18th month in a row handling more than 300,000 TEUs. 

 

“Outstanding effort from our GPA employees, the International Longshoremen’s Association, stevedores, trucking and rail personnel made it possible to exceed customer expectations and achieve record results,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “I cannot say enough about the partnership and can-do spirit of the Georgia maritime community.” 

 

In addition, intermodal rail lifts surged to 435,000, an increase of 16.1%, or more than 60,000 additional moves, another record for the GPA.  

 

“The market’s increasing recognition of Georgia as a rail hub for East Coast container trade reinforces our determination to double Savannah’s on-terminal rail lift capacity,” said Lynch. “The Port of Savannah is poised to capture new rail cargo across the state, the Southeast and well into the American Midwest.”  

 

At its meeting Monday, the GPA board approved construction of an $8.8 million overpass, part of the $127 million Mason Mega Rail project that, upon completion, will allow 10,000-foot unit trains to be built on terminal. This, along with other improvements, will increase Savannah’s annual rail lift capacity to 1 million containers by 2020, thereby cutting transit time to markets such as Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati by 24 hours. 

 

In August, the GPA will open its Appalachian Regional Port, an inland rail terminal that will take 50,000 trucks off Georgia highways. Removing the need for a 710-mile roundtrip via truck, the ARP will improve container availability and reduce transportation costs for port customers in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. 

 

Lynch also reported Monday that total cargo crossing all GPA docks in FY18 grew by 8 percent, or 2.6 million tons, to reach a record 36 million tons of containerized, breakbulk and bulk cargoes. Forest products at Mayor’s Point Terminal in Brunswick increased by 34.5 percent, up 35,953 tons, for a total of 138,653 tons. Machinery, as well as commodities such as rubber and paper, pushed the breakbulk total at Savannah’s Ocean Terminal to 1.35 million tons, up 10 percent or 122,305 tons compared to FY2017. 

 

In other business Monday, the GPA board approved the expansion of refrigerated cargo capacity at Garden City Terminal. The project will add 15 refrigerated container racks, accommodating a total of 360 additional containers. The Port of Savannah currently features 104 racks, holding 2,496 containers at a time. 

 

The board also approved the purchase of 10 additional container handling machines, at a cost of $3.5 million. 

 

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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GPA sees busiest May for total tons, TEUs Harbor expansion receives full funding for year

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GPA sees busiest May for total tons, TEUs

GPA SEES BUSIEST MAY FOR TOTAL TONS, TEUS

HARBOR EXPANSION RECEIVES FULL FUNDING FOR YEAR

Thursday, June 14, 2018

 

Hopper dredge Padre Island as seen working in the Port of Savannah shipping channel earlier this year. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is on schedule for completion in late 2021. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

 

Savannah, Ga. – June 14, 2018 – The Port of Savannah handled 3 million tons of cargo in May, an increase of 8.9 percent or 247,671 tons compared the same month a year ago. Total cargo crossing all terminals reached 3.22 million tons.

Our May numbers reflect strong performances in breakbulk and containerized trade, showing growing global demand for both retail goods and manufacturing inputs,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Last month was GPA’s busiest May ever and the second busiest month in the Port of Savannah’s history, moving a total of 361,029 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 3.1 percent or 10,924 TEUs. For the fiscal year to date, the Port of Savannah has achieved an 8.3 percent surge in twenty-foot equivalent container units (290,422 TEUs) compared to the same period a year ago. Through May, the GPA has moved 3.8 million TEUs.

“The Georgia Ports Authority is on track to have the most successful year in its history, on a number of fronts,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Record growth in trade, teamwork and a strong relationship with our local communities and elected officials have helped to put our ports over the top.”

Last month, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law the state budget, which included $35 million for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Then, earlier this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced an additional $34.7 million within its annual work plan for the harbor deepening. That amount, combined with $50.06 million included in the federal budget for the current fiscal year, totals $84.76 million.

“Clearly, the leadership demonstrated by Gov. Deal, U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, Congressman Buddy Carter and our entire Washington delegation is the secret sauce that enabled Savannah to receive full funding,” Allgood said. “With Gov. Deal pushing in Georgia for full state funding, and our elected officials in Washington doing the same on the federal side, Savannah is on track to better serve larger, more efficient vessels, and in turn provide an annual savings of $283 million for business and, ultimately, consumers.”

At the Port of Brunswick, the Colonel’s Island auto port moved 53,638 units of cars, trucks and tractors in May, up 15 percent or nearly 7,000 units. Including Savannah’s Ocean Terminal, the GPA moved a total of 57,308 roll-on/roll-off units, for an increase of 8.8 percent compared to May 2017. In breakbulk cargo, including commodities such as paper and rubber, the GPA handled 258,377 tons of freight, an increase of 14.3 percent, or 32,269 tons.

“The impressive volumes we’ve been able to move would not have been possible without the strong partnership between the GPA and the members of the International Longshoremen’s Association,” said Lynch. “We would also like to acknowledge the excellent progress made in the master contract negotiations between our partners in the USMX and the ILA.”

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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