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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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GPA GROWS TRADE, MARKET SHARE

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GPA grows trade, market share

GPA GROWS TRADE, MARKET SHARE

INTERMODAL VOLUME UP 20 PERCENT

 

Rubber tired gantry cranes handle cargo at the Chatham Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the Port of Savannah. The Georgia Ports Authority’s Mason Mega Rail project will double rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year by 2020. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority)

 

Savannah, Ga. – April 13, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority achieved 14 percent growth in March container volumes, moving 355,208 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers. For the fiscal year to date (July-March), TEU container trade grew by 9 percent, or 255,786 additional units for a total of 3.08 million, a new record for Savannah. 

“Savannah’s continued strength is a reflection of our customers’ commitment, Georgia’s leadership, and the many dedicated service providers, GPA employees and ILA members who come together every day to achieve great things,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “March marked our 17th consecutive month of business expansion thanks, in part, to a strong economy and growing market share.” 

Intermodal rail volumes jumped by 20 percent in March and 15.4 percent for the fiscal year to date, for a total of 318,454 containers handled over nine months – another record for the GPA. 

“As the numbers show, our rail cargo is growing at a faster pace than our overall trade,” GPA Chairman Jimmy Allgood said. “This is important because rail is playing a key role in our responsible growth strategy. We anticipate our rail infrastructure investments to take 250,000 trucks off the road each year by 2020.” 

The GPA recently broke ground on its Mason Mega Rail Terminal, on which the Port of Savannah will build 10,000-foot unit trains within its own footprint. From the expanded rail infrastructure at Garden City Terminal, Class I rail providers CSX and Norfolk Southern will provide direct rail service to major Southeast and Midwestern markets from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. An added benefit is that the Mason Mega Rail project will move all rail switching on terminal – improving vehicle traffic flow around the port. 

In August, the GPA will open its Appalachian Regional Port in Murray County, Ga. Located in an industrial belt, including the production and export of carpet and flooring, automobiles and tires, the ARP will provide an alternative to all-truck transit to Northwest Georgia. 

Each round-trip container moved via the Appalachian Regional Port will offset 710 truck miles on Georgia highways. 

March was also a strong month for roll-on/roll-off auto and machinery units at the Port of Brunswick and Ocean Terminal in Savannah. Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick handled 66,144 cars, trucks and tractors, while Ocean Terminal added 4,050, for a total 70,194, a 17.2 percent increase. 

“The global economy is thriving and our volumes are following suit,” Lynch said. “As existing accounts grow their footprint in the expanding auto facility in Brunswick, Georgia’s competitive logistical advantages are drawing additional business across all of our docks.” 

Lynch noted that for the fiscal year to date, Mayor’s Point breakbulk terminal in Brunswick grew by 44 percent (34,515 tons) to reach 112,728 tons of forest products. At East River Terminal, bulk cargo expanded by 34 percent July-March (189,918 tons) for a total of 750,384 tons. 

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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MASON MEGA RAIL BREAKS GROUND

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Mason Mega Rail breaks ground

 

PROJECT TO DOUBLE PORT OF SAVANNAH’S RAIL CAPACITY

 
 
 

 

 

From left, GPA Board Member Charles Tarbutton, Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach, Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, Tracey Mason, Teresa Waters, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch, Norfolk Southern VP of Business Development and Real Estate Rob Martinez, CSX VP of Intermodal Dean Piacente, and Garden City Mayor Don Bethune break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Port of Savannah. The expansion project will add 97,000 feet of track at Garden City Terminal. For details and project updates, go to MasonMegaRail.com. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah, Ga. – March 27, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority broke ground on its $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal Tuesday. The expansion will increase the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, and open new markets spanning an arc of cities from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. 

“Today is a great day for Georgia and the nation,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “Not only will this new intermodal facility take trucks off the road and bring our products to market with greater efficiency, but it will open a new corridor for American commerce to and from the Midwest.” 

The Mega Rail groundbreaking is the latest in a series of Gov. Deal’s signature projects designed to make Georgia the transportation and logistics hub of North America – which include the recent announcement of 50 percent completion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, a new inland terminal in Northwest Georgia, and a $10 billion statewide transportation improvement plan. 

“The Mason Mega Rail project will expand rail capacity by 100 percent while reducing impact on the local community and throughout the supply chain,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. 

When complete, Garden City Terminal will have a total of 180,000 feet of rail, 18 working tracks and the capability of building 10,000-foot unit trains on terminal. This will allow GPA to bring all rail switching onto the terminal, avoiding the use of nearly two dozen rail crossings – including those on Ga. Highways 21 and 25 — for improved vehicle traffic flow. 

GPA estimates that the new intermodal terminal will take more than 200,000 trucks off the road annually. 

“This project is a game changer,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Our team estimates the Mason Mega Rail Terminal will slash rail time to the Midwest by a good 24 hours, and present a viable new option for many manufacturers, shippers and logistics professionals.” 

Allgood said unit trains make direct routes to distant markets more profitable for the railroads, which is a major factor in how the new capabilities of the Mason Mega Rail terminal will improve Savannah’s reach.

In the first half of 2018, work will focus on constructing a pair of rail bridges that will carry a total of seven tracks connecting two existing intermodal container transfer facilities. GPA officials estimate the new terminal will begin coming online by the fall of 2019, with project completion in the fall of 2020. The Mega Rail expansion is funded in part by a $44 million U.S. Department of Transportation FASTLANE grant administered by the Maritime Administration.

“The maritime industry is a crucial component in the overall economic and environmental success of the country,” said Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby. “Investments in our nation’s port infrastructure improve the efficiency and intermodal capabilities of our nation’s ports; allowing the U.S. to remain competitive in the global market.”

 To serve the expanded rail yard, the GPA is also ordering eight rail-mounted gantry cranes. The RMGs will each span nine tracks for improved efficiency moving containers from trains to on-terminal jockey trucks. Lynch said the growing rail infrastructure complements Savannah’s role as a gateway port for container trade.

 “The Port of Savannah has the cargo capacity to quickly load unit trains for expedited service to inland population centers,” Lynch said. “Over the past year alone, our average container moves per vessel has increased by 15 percent, and exchanges of 5,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units are now common.”

 Garden City Terminal is already the South Atlantic region’s busiest intermodal gateway, handling 38 trains per week of import and export cargo. Once the Mason Mega Rail terminal is complete, the Port of Savannah will have a state-of-the-art facility, unique to the U.S. East Coast.

The new rail infrastructure is part of a comprehensive expansion plan that includes the harbor deepening, the single largest ship-to-shore crane fleet in North America, 60 additional yard cranes and expanding truck gates. “Not only are we bolstering intermodal rail capacity, we are adding bandwidth across all points of interaction – from surface transportation to yard and dock transactions,” said GPA Chief Operating Officer Ed McCarthy.

Allgood noted with appreciation the GPA’s longstanding support from state leaders, including former Gov. Zell Miller, who died March 23 at age 86.

 “In 1995, Gov. Miller was instrumental in attracting Savannah’s second major distribution center, The Home Depot,” Allgood said. “That helped to launch what became known as the Savannah Model, in which the port acts as a logistics hub serving a multi-state region.”

Since that time, the Port of Savannah has grown from the 12th busiest port in the nation to the fourth busiest, behind only L.A., Long Beach and New York-New Jersey.

 

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 Manager of Communications Edward Fulford at (912) 964-3855 or efulford@gaports.com.

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UGA study: Georgia Ports support more than 439,000 jobs

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One in 11 Peach State jobs – across all regions – related to Savannah, Brunswick ports
Brunswick, Ga. – March 26, 2018 – Georgia’s ports support 439,220 full- and part-time jobs across the state, according to a study released by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at UGA’s Terry College of Business.
 
The Georgia Ports Authority board reviewed the study’s findings at its meeting Monday. The latest figure is based on Fiscal Year 2017 impacts, and represents an increase of 70,000 jobs (up 19 percent) compared to the previous report covering FY2014. Georgia ports now account for 9 percent of total state employment, or one out of 11 jobs. Personal income derived from port-supported jobs totaled $25 billion statewide in FY2017.
 
“The deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick are strong drivers of economic and employment opportunity across the state,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Bringing jobs and investment to Georgia is a central part of GPA’s mission.”
 
According to the report, authored by Dr. Jeffrey Humphreys, port activity accounted for 11 percent of Georgia’s total sales in FY2017, reaching $106 billion.  “Deepwater ports are one of Georgia’s strongest economic engines, fostering the development of virtually every industry,” Humphreys stated in the report. “The ports are especially supportive of other forms of transportation, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution centers, and agriculture.”
 
The Terry College of Business study found that maritime trade amounts to $44 billion in state gross domestic product, or 8 percent of Georgia’s total GDP. Business conducted through the ports resulted in $5.9 billion in federal taxes, $1.4 billion in state taxes and $1.5 billion in local taxes, according to the report.
 
“The findings are a testament to the powerful, positive impacts that trade through Georgia’s ports have – supporting not only business opportunity, but important infrastructure and services funded through tax proceeds on every level of government,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood.
 
In other business, the GPA Board heard a report on February trade through GPA terminals. In Brunswick, total auto and machinery units were up by 13.2 percent in February (5,648 units) for a total of 48,501.
 
“We are pleased to see our Brunswick facility performing so well,” Lynch said.
 
In terms of total tonnage crossing all docks and twenty-foot equivalent container units, last month was the busiest February on record. The GPA handled 2.9 million tons of cargo (up 1.5 percent) and 341,093 TEUs (up 3.2 percent) over the 28-day period.
 
For the fiscal year to date (July 2017-February 2018), the GPA has handled 23.1 million tons of cargo, up 1.56 million tons, or 7.3 percent. In containerized trade, the Port of Savannah has moved 2.73 million TEUs, up 212,348 or 8.4 percent.
 
Find print-quality images of Georgians in port-supported jobs 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.
 
Port-related jobs by region:

 

Atlanta region: 209,235
Cherokee: 6,202 
Clayton: 12,827 
Cobb: 32,772 
DeKalb: 28,797 
Douglas: 3,842 
Fayette: 3,948 
Fulton: 77,418 
Gwinnett: 34,466 
Henry: 6,042 
Rockdale: 2,921 

Coastal region: 58,741
Bryan: 1,083 
Bulloch: 4,436 
Camden: 1,307 
Chatham: 39,025 E
ffingham: 2,386 
Glynn: 5,566 
Liberty: 4,306 
Long: 107 
McIntosh: 202 
Screven: 324 

Northwest region: 25,844
Bartow: 4,206 
Catoosa: 1,290 
Chattooga: 583 
Dade: 305 
Fannin: 640 
Floyd: 3,450 
Gilmer: 678 
Gordon: 2,236 
Haralson: 584 
Murray: 901 
Paulding: 2,212 
Pickens: 736 
Polk: 1,016 
Walker: 1,330 
Whitfield: 5,677 

Georgia Mountains region: 20,823
Banks: 351 
Dawson: 725 
Forsyth: 6,200 
Franklin: 792 
Habersham: 1,225 
Hall: 7,275 
Hart: 604 
Lumpkin: 713 
Rabun: 446 
Stephens: 777 
Towns: 323 
Union: 680 
White: 712 

Middle Georgia: 18,540
Baldwin: 1,264 
Bibb: 8,898 
Crawford: 134 
Houston: 4,726 
Jones: 423 
Monroe: 677
Peach: 866
Pulaski: 264
Putnam: 536
Twiggs: 196
Wilkinson: 557

Central Savannah River Area: 17,939
Burke: 780
Columbia: 3,329
Glascock: 47
Hancock: 146
Jenkins: 140
McDuffie: 599
Taliaferro: 25
Warren: 142
Washington: 2,980
Wilkes: 270
Richmond: 8,698
Jefferson: 648
Lincoln: 134

Northeast Georgia region: 17,726
Barrow: 1,683
Clarke: 5,409
Elbert: 693
Greene: 535
Jackson: 2,204
Jasper: 233
Madison: 394
Morgan: 694
Newton: 2,647
Oconee: 1,072
Oglethorpe: 195
Walton: 1,967
Southern Georgia: 16,439
Atkinson: 202 
Bacon: 351 
Ben Hill: 553 
Berrien: 346 
Brantley: 426 
Brooks: 277 
Charlton: 177 
Clinch: 199 
Coffee: 1,483 
Cook: 341 
Echols: 43 
Irwin: 181 
Lanier: 133
Lowndes: 4,244 
Pierce: 394 
Tift: 1,639 
Turner: 222 
Ware: 5,229

Three Rivers: 16,359 
Butts: 575 
Carroll: 3,581 
Coweta: 3,733 
Heard: 200 
Lamar: 360 
Meriwether: 505 
Pike: 316 
Spalding: 1,994 
Troup: 4,534 
Upson: 562 

Heart of Georgia Altamaha: 13,917
Appling: 616 
Bleckley: 256 
Candler: 279 
Dodge: 456 
Emanuel: 605 
Evans: 390 
Jeff Davis: 3,502 
Johnson: 165 
Laurens: 1,627 
Montgomery: 177 
Tattnall: 906 
Telfair: 292 
Toombs: 1,047 
Treutlen: 118 
Wayne: 3,203 
Wheeler: 120 
Wilcox: 156 

River Valley: 12,871
Chattahoochee: 1,045 
Clay: 51 
Crisp: 712
Dooly: 324 
Harris: 515 
Macon: 263 
Marion: 129 
Muscogee: 7,708 
Quitman: 35 
Randolph: 179 
Schley: 95 
Stewart: 108 
Sumter: 1,371 
Talbot: 83 
Taylor: 208 
Webster: 44 

Southwest Ga.: 10,786
Baker: 53 
Calhoun: 107 
Colquitt: 1,204 
Decatur: 724 
Dougherty: 3,863 
Early: 499 
Grady: 566 
Lee: 596 Miller: 155 
Mitchell: 595 
Seminole: 211 
Terrell: 235 
Thomas: 1,649 
Worth: 329

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GPA: 10M-TEU capacity in 10 years

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Savannah Harbor deepening reaching midway point

 
 
 
At the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference Monday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch outlined a plan that will double container handling capacity to 10 million TEUs at Garden City Terminal (pictured) within 10 years. Find print-quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority)
 
 
 
 
 
At the 50th annual Georgia Foreign Trade Conference Monday, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch reviewed the strategic plan for Georgia’s ports that will allow for 10 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, 1 million rail lifts, and more than 1 million auto and machinery units per year.
 
“Georgia is home to both the single largest container and roll-on/roll-off facilities in North America,” Lynch said. “Our goal is to maximize capacity, create jobs and reduce impact on our local communities.”
 
Lynch provided an overview of GPA’s 2028 Plan that calls for 42 ship-to-shore cranes, 200 yard cranes, new RTG lanes and significant intermodal expansion in Savannah. The GPA will soon open its second inland terminal in Northwest Georgia and break ground on the Mason Mega Rail project at Garden City Terminal. Combined, both intermodal projects will open new markets while significantly reducing rail crossings and over the road freight through Savannah, Atlanta and beyond.
 
“We have come to an exciting turning point,” said Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Georgia’s business-friendly environment, led by Gov. Nathan Deal, coupled with statewide infrastructure investments, have set the stage for new business, new jobs and additional trade through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick.”
 
Since Gov. Deal was first elected in 2010, trade through Georgia’s ports has grown from 2.8 million TEUs to more than 4 million TEUs in 2017. Ro/Ro cargo has expanded from 411,000 units per year to more than 640,000 units, and cargo crossing all docks has grown from 25 million tons in 2010 to 35 million tons in 2017.
“Under the governor’s leadership, Georgia and the GPA have made incredible strides to prepare for the evolving demands of global trade,” Allgood said.
 
Lynch announced that Savannah’s outer harbor dredging will be finished in March, bringing the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project to 50 percent completion. Deepening the inner harbor should be complete by late 2021, allowing Neo-Panamax vessels to take on more cargo and transit the river with greater scheduling flexibility.
 
“With the project moving forward, the fiscal argument for the Savannah Harbor deepening grows stronger and stronger as more customers choose Georgia as a gateway to serve the Southeast,” Lynch said. “The ability for these ships to take on heavier export loads will mean greater efficiency and lower costs for American producers.”
 
At the Port of Brunswick, the GPA is well on its way to developing an annual capacity of 1.4 million vehicles. In just the past year, the GPA has spent $25 million to increase roll on/roll off space, and plans to spend another $20 million in the next 18 months to grow and attract additional auto business to Georgia.  
 
The GPA plan includes three elements for success – space, infrastructure and connectivity. To accommodate additional warehousing, the Authority has opened five parcels of land at its Savannah International Trade Park for private development. Only five miles from Garden City Terminal, the site is quickly expanding to add up to 5 million additional square feet of distribution space on five 100-acre parcels.
 

 Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 370,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $20.4 billion in income, $84.1 billion in revenue and $2.3 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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FOUR MORE NEO-PANAMAX CRANES ARRIVE AT THE PORT OF SAVANNAH

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Four more Neo-Panamax cranes arrive at the Port of Savannah

GEORGIA PORTS AUTHORITY
SHIP-TO-SHORE FLEET CLIMBING TOWARD 36

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the arrival of four massive ship-to-shore cranes Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. Find print-quality images here. Watch a video of the cranes’ arrival here. (Georgia Ports / Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah, Ga. – Four additional Neo-Panamax cranes sailed into the Port of Savannah last week, with a 50- by 100-foot American flag across the side.

“To see these massive new cranes arrive flying the stars and stripes makes us proud to be part of an operation that provides jobs and opportunity for so many,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Once commissioned, the new cranes will bring Savannah’s fleet to 30. Six additional cranes will arrive in 2020. When all are commissioned, the upgrade will allowthe nation’s largest single container facility to move nearly 1,300 containers per hour.

“As the year draws to a close and we reflect on all the success we’ve enjoyed, we also look forward to the new era of prosperity these cranes will help usher in,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Our considerable investments today ensure Georgia’s ports reputation for excellence.”

Chief Operating Officer Ed McCarthy said the advantage of these new cranes will be multiplied by several other ongoing infrastructure improvements, including the Mason Mega Rail Terminal. That project will double the Port of Savannah’s annual rail lift capacity to 1 million container lifts, and expand the port’s reach into the Midwest.

“These new cranes will prepare us for the next wave of growth for Georgia and the nation,” McCarthy said. “Today’s 15 percent increase in our crane fleet will help GPA stay ahead of the growth curve. Nearly two-thirds of the ships serving the Port of Savannah are Neo-Panamax vessels, and we expect the shipping lines to continue their shift toward larger vessels.”

The Neo-Panamax cranes are tall enough to lift containers 152 feet above the dock. The booms reach out 192 feet from the dock face. Lift capacity for each crane is 72 tons. With the booms up, the cranes are 412 feet tall. The crane fleet operates over nearly 10,000 contiguous feet of dock and nine berth spaces.

Upon arrival, technicians must lift and secure the boom for each crane, and complete electrical attachments, mechanical alignments and testing before the cranes are put into use. The first of the new cranes will go into service in February. Two more will be commissioned in March, with the final crane going into service in April.

“This investment, totaling $47 million, will help bring in more business and support more jobs, not only for Georgia but for the entire Southeast United States,” Lynch said.

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 370,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $20.4 billion in income, $84.1 billion in revenue and $2.3 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 (12) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

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GPA APPROVES PROJECTS TO EXPAND RAIL, GATE CAPACITY

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GPA approves projects to expand rail, gate capacity

 

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When complete, GPA’s Mason Mega Rail Terminal will double rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, reach new markets and reduce impact on the local community.   (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

 

Savannah, Ga. – Nov. 13, 2017 – On the heels of reporting 32 percent growth in containerized trade for October, an all-time record for Savannah, the Georgia Ports Authority approved rail and gate expansion projects that will significantly increase capacity at GPA’s Garden City Terminal – the single largest container terminal in all of North America. 

 “A strong Southeast U.S. economy, on-terminal expansion, and investment by private logistics firms throughout the region have resulted in phenomenal growth for Georgia,” said Executive Director Griff Lynch. “But these record volumes could not have been possible without the tireless dedication of the men and women responsible for moving this cargo. From the GPA and the International Longshoreman Association, to the stevedores and logistics community, thank you for a job well done.” 

In addition to record container volumes, Lynch reported to the Board that total tonnage for all terminals climbed by 25 percent, from 2.6 million to 3.2 million tons, for an additional 661,290 tons of cargo. Breakbulk tonnage, primarily the movement of lumber, steel and autos, also increased by 14.7 percent, signifying the growing strength of construction and manufacturing in the U.S. Southeast, he said.

On Monday, the board approved expenditures of $42.27 million as part of GPA’s $128 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The project will not only expand the Port of Savannah’s on-dock rail capacity by 100 percent, but position Savannah to rapidly increase service to an arc of inland markets from Memphis to Chicago. A total of $90.7 million has been allocated to the project thus far. Construction is slated to begin next month and be completed by the end of 2020. 

“What makes Georgia and the Georgia Ports Authority a continuing success story is the relentless effort to stay one step ahead of the curve and the competition,” said Jimmy Allgood, GPA board chairman. “The projects approved today will do exactly that.”

The board also approved a $13.2 million project to expand the existing Gate 8 at Garden City Terminal. The addition will help the GPA seamlessly absorb future growth and offer a better link to the Jimmy Deloach Parkway, which provides a direct truck route to Interstate 95. The project will expand the terminal’s gate infrastructure by 12.5 percent for a total of 54 truck lanes.

“In addition to expanding capacity, we will also reduce the impact on our local community,” Lynch said. “The new pre-check lanes will reduce truck congestion and the Mega Rail Terminal will significantly reduce or eliminate rail crossings.”

In Brunswick, Lynch said, Colonel’s Island Terminal handled 56,492 auto and machinery units last month, for growth of 21 percent or 9,811 units.

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 370,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $20.4 billion in income, $84.1 billion in revenue and $2.3 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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BRUNSWICK RO/RO CAPACITY UP BY 50 PERCENT

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Brunswick Ro/Ro capacity up by 50 percent

 

COLONEL’S ISLAND FACILITY ON TRACK TO BECOME NATION’S NO. 1 AUTO PORT

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 
 
 

The Port of Brunswick now has an annual capacity of 800,000 vehicles. For information from Executive Director Griff Lynch’s State of the Port presentation, click here. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Brunswick, Ga. – October 19, 2017 – At the annual State of the Port address hosted by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said the GPA increased auto processing capacity at Colonel’s Island Terminal by 50 percent over the past 12 months, all of which has been absorbed by processors and manufacturers.

“Since last year, we’ve been implementing an aggressive growth plan, enabling GPA and our auto processing partners to win new customers and capture greater market share,” Lynch said.

The Roll-on/Roll-off terminal has expanded from 60,000 spaces in 2016 to 90,000 spaces today, for a total capacity of 800,000 cars per year. The additional space already has been absorbed by auto processors Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Mercedes and International Auto Processors. The three port customers have increased their operations by a total of 200 acres on the island’s south side, bringing auto processing space to 600 acres.

“Last year, we told you we would be implementing an infrastructure investment philosophy we’ve used at Savannah’s container operation for years now,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “That philosophy is to maintain capacity above current demand. Investing for the future has enabled the GPA to take on new customers and handle greater than expected container growth without congestion or capacity worries. We anticipate the same benefits for the auto trade here in Brunswick.”

 

Plans call for further expansion that will allow the GPA to move, process and store some 1.4 million vehicles annually. In FY2017, the GPA handled 607,000 units of Ro/Ro cargo in Brunswick.

 

“Growing our infrastructure will allow GPA to better serve the needs of auto processors and manufacturers as they rely more heavily on our terminal to meet customer demand,” Lynch told Chamber members assembled at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. “This investment puts the Colonel’s Island facility on track to become the nation’s No. 1 auto port.”

While the Port of Brunswick is already the single largest auto port in the country, GPA’s combined Ro/Ro cargo for Savannah and Brunswick ranks as the nation’s second-busiest operation. However, Georgia’s deepwater auto ports have been adding volume faster than competitors. Over the past 10 years, GPA has led the nation with a growth rate of 8 percent – nearly four times the rate of the nearest competitor.

 

Lynch also informed the audience that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintenance dredging is expected to bring the Brunswick River to full authorized channel depth of 36 feet in 2018. He said $10.3 million in federal funding for maintenance dredging from FY17 will roll over into the current fiscal year, while the Administration’s proposed budget includes another $4.5 million for FY2018.

 

“As the vessels serving the Port of Brunswick grow larger, it becomes more important for this port to receive sufficient federal dollars to maintain the channel at its full authorized depth,” Lynch said. “We are happy to report that the upward trend in harbor maintenance funding appears to be continuing into the current fiscal year.”

 

In other news, Lynch reported that East River Terminal, operated by Logistec, handled a diverse mix of bulk commodities totaling 912,106 tons. Commodities such as perlite grew by 12 percent (14,700 tons) to reach 135,250 tons; animal feed grew by 7.7 percent (4,800 tons) to reach 66,725 tons; and salt grew by 44 percent (17,425 tons) to reach 56,670 tons.

 

East River’s largest commodity, wood pellets, experienced a dip of 11.7 percent (61,000) tons for a total of 461,114 tons in FY17. However, wood pellets are projected to reach 600,000 tons in the current fiscal year, an increase of 30 percent.

 

 

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 370,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $20.4 billion in income, $84.1 billion in revenue and $2.3 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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