GPA tops 5.5M TEUs, 650K units 

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved a record level of container trade in Calendar Year 2021, handling more than 5.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units of cargo. By June, the GPA will grow the Port of Savannah’s annual container capacity by 1.6 million TEUs, an increase of 25 percent. 

 

Expanding terminal capacity by 25 percent

 

SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 25, 2022 – The Port of Savannah moved a record 5.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Calendar Year 2021, growing volumes by a million TEUs, or 20 percent, compared to 2020. In Brunswick, Colonel’s Island Terminal handled 649,550 units of cars, trucks and machinery, an increase of 10.6 percent.

“While Georgia’s maritime logistics community has been tested by a challenging year, I am proud of our ports’ achievements to keep cargo flowing, support jobs and industry across the region and the world, and to serve customers in every corner of the state,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “The Georgia Ports Authority not only powers economic success in the Peach State, it has served as an example to the nation in solving the supply chain crisis.”

The Port of Savannah has experienced 12 consecutive months of record container growth. December was no exception, with a record 465,000 TEUs handled, and an all-time high of 312,000 truck gate moves. Counting Roll-on/Roll-off cargo handled via Ocean Terminal in Savannah, GPA moved a total of 668,166 units, an increase of 11 percent or 65,400 units.

In intermodal rail, the Port of Savannah grew by 10 percent in 2021, topping 538,000 container lifts, or nearly 1 million TEUs, a record. The addition of nine working tracks in November expanded the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 2 million TEUs per year, an immediate increase of 30 percent. The expanded rail yard allows Savannah to build and receive six 10,000-foot long trains simultaneously, speeding the flow of international trade to and from the nation’s third busiest container gateway.

“Our expanded rail and yard capacity, along with new operational practices, allowed GPA to overcome serious headwinds in the international supply chain,” said Executive Director Griff Lynch. “The team – including our GPA employees, the International Longshoremen’s Association, stevedores, shipping lines, pilots, motor carriers and rail – came together to handle an unprecedented level of business last year.”

In 2021, Georgia Ports expedited the purchase of new equipment, completion of new capacity on terminal and hiring to accommodate increased demand for services. In total, GPA added four rail-mounted gantry cranes, 10 rubber-tired gantry cranes, 145 employees and annual yard capacity of 400,000 TEUs.

“Together, we are delivering on a promise of world-class customer service,” said GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten. “With the expedited capacity projects that are already coming online, our customers can have confidence in our ability to grow along with their businesses.”

In March, GPA will add 500,000 TEUs of annual capacity, growing to a total of 1.6 million TEUs of new capacity by June – a 25 percent increase in Savannah’s previous capacity for container trade. At the Port of Brunswick, major expansion efforts are under way at Colonel’s Island that will increase Ro/Ro capacity to 1.3 million units by the end of the year, as well as adding new services to prepare vehicles for export.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

Morris leaving after 20 years at Georgia Ports

 

SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 14, 2022 – With the pending departure of Georgia Ports Authority Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris, the GPA has announced the hire of Loretta Lepore, who will assume the leadership role.

“Ms. Lepore is a seasoned communicator who will continue GPA’s tradition of professionalism in media and public relations,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We are happy to welcome her aboard at Georgia Ports.”

Lepore’s career spans nearly two decades as a journalist for CNN, NPR and Westwood One Radio Networks. Lepore has held roles as press secretary for the Georgia Governor’s Office, director of marketing and communications for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and as a senior advisor for strategic communications at the law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, now Dentons. She later advised Fortune 500 companies as founding principal of a communications and government relations firm. Most recently, Lepore served as senior advisor to the director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Lepore joins the GPA on Jan. 18 following a nationwide executive search.

“This is a remarkable opportunity and I really look forward to working with the GPA team to serve Georgians and propel the state’s diverse industries,” she said. Lepore and her family will move from Atlanta to Savannah, where they will live.

Morris said it had been an honor to be a part of the Georgia Ports Authority, and to witness Savannah transform from a mid-sized regional port into an international hub for American commerce.

“After 20 years at Georgia Ports, I am excited about exploring new opportunities,” Morris said. “I am proud of the body of work our communications team has produced, and I look forward to working with Loretta as she transitions into her new role.”

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com

Joint Venture Streamlined Service


Members of the International LongshoremenÕs Association and the newly formed stevedoring operation Gateway Terminals handle their first container together, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Ga. (GPA Photo / Stephen B. Morton)

Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association and the newly formed stevedoring operation Gateway Terminals handle their first container together, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Ga. (GPA Photo / Stephen B. Morton)

 

Joint venture stevedoring company streamlines service

 

SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 3, 2022 – On Monday at the Port of Savannah, representatives from Gateway Terminals, the International Longshoremen’s Association and the Georgia Ports Authority joined to mark the first container moved under the direction of Gateway, a new joint venture company combining locally the three legacies of Ports America, Ceres Marine Terminals, and SSA Atlantic.

“This is an exciting opportunity to coordinate and bring together three great companies and a best-of-class ILA operation into a world-class team,” said Kevin Price, president of Gateway Terminals. “Bringing together three organizations under one umbrella provides a compelling opportunity for growth, especially in light of the tremendous increase in demand for services from Georgia Ports.”

Ports America, Ceres Marine Terminals, and SSA Atlantic have consolidated container terminal, truck gate and stevedoring services under Gateway Terminals to streamline their activities.

“At the Port of Savannah, the hardworking men and women of the International Longshoremen’s Association work hand-in-hand with our stevedores and the Georgia Ports Authority to make sure our customers receive world-class service,” said Willie Seymore, executive vice president for the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast division of the ILA. “We’re excited to collaborate with Gateway Terminals at the start of this new era of port operations.”

In part, Gateway will manage the operation of loading and unloading vessels, including hiring longshoremen crews on behalf of the shipping lines, planning vessel stowage and overseeing cargo handling safety. The Port of Savannah serves 36 vessels per week and averages 14,000 truck moves per day.

“Benefits for port customers include integrated operations across all berths, providing the ability to turn more ships and move more cargo,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “This improved efficiency and collaboration is coming at the perfect time, in light of the sustained increase in cargo volumes over the past year and a half.”

Already the third busiest U.S. port complex, Garden City Terminal has the potential to significantly increase throughput as a result of the consolidation.

“We look forward to assisting Gateway’s efforts in this important transition,” said Ed McCarthy, chief operating officer at GPA. “Unified stevedoring services will help maximize flexibility and bring together a world-class operating team at the nation’s single largest container terminal.”

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com

GPA- Pop-up Ports

The Port of Savannah in Georgia — one of the nation’s busiest — is using a new pop-up container yard concept that could be applied nationwide to unclog shipping ports where goods have been stacking up for months.

 

Back in October, cargo ships spent 12 days waiting to unload in the Port of Savannah — three times as long as in 2019. To help, the port established what amounts to four in-land pop-up ports, one hundreds of miles away near the North Carolina border. Now, the number of cargo containers waiting is closer to seven.

 

“We think these things can be replicated across the nation,” said Griff Lynch, the executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. “…I see some of them becoming permanent yards where it’s actually going to help our business.”

 

The pop-ups, which were set up in idle rail yards, are now bringing cargo closer to its final destination, while freeing up space at the dock.

 

The port has been working around the clock — 24 hours a day — loading and unloading giant ships. And it’s having an impact. In October, there were 31 vessels waiting offshore to be unloaded. That number has been cut to just six.

 

“It’s that kind of problem solving that I think is going to help us deal with these short term issues, even while we’re making big investments for the long run,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.

 

Buttigieg said the Biden administration is now looking to see if similar pop-up sites make sense nationwide. But supply chain delays mean some goods did not make it before the holidays.

 

When asked if they had solved the problem, Buttigieg said: “We welcome ideas, but look at what we’ve been able to do cutting some of these container-dwell times in half. If you go to the store you’re going to see a lot of options there.”

 

Kinks in the supply chain are still limiting furniture designer Ruel Joyner’s options. Inventory at his store, 24e Style, and in his warehouse are about half its normal size. One of his sofas is made in Dallas, Texas, but one of its parts comes from China and is back-ordered.

 

“We normally get this done in 24 to 30 days,” Joyner said. “Right now we’re probably looking at a six month lead time.”

 

When asked if the supply chain was costing him money, Joyner said, “absolutely,” displaying the costly consequence of a supply chain struggling to get back on track.

 

Watch on CBS News https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/supply-chain-issues-georgia-port-pop-up-concept/#app

GPA to expedite 1.6M TEUs of on-terminal capacity by June

GPA to expedite 1.6M TEUs of on-terminal capacity by June
Four new rubber tire gantry cranes sail past Historic River Street on board the vessel Sampogracht on the way to being delivered to the Georgia Ports AuthorityÕs Garden City Terminal, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at the Garden City Terminal. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

 

ATLANTA, Ga., Dec. 6, 2021 – At the Georgia Ports Authority Board meeting Monday, Executive Director Griff Lynch detailed actions that will expedite the completion of 1.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in annual capacity.

“Through ingenuity and teamwork, GPA has put into place what amounts to the largest current expansion for a port operation in North America,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “It’s a testament to the leadership and forward thinking at America’s most efficient gateway for containerized trade.”

By January, GPA will open 670,000 TEUs of new annual capacity at Garden City Terminal. In early March, 155,000 TEUs of additional terminal capacity will be available, and by June another 850,000 TEUs will come online at the port. The projects will deliver a total capacity increase of 25 percent in six months.

Also at its meeting Monday, the GPA Board approved the $24.4 million purchase of nine electric-powered rubber-tired gantry cranes that will help support the expansion.

“After our busiest month ever in October, this new container space is coming online just in time,” said GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten. “By expediting the projects needed to ensure the free flow of cargo, we’re addressing our customers’ concerns today, and working to re-establish our longtime practice of keeping capacity 20 percent above current demand.”

A total of 504,350 TEUs crossed the Port of Savannah’s docks in October, an increase of 8.7 percent or 40,250 TEUs over October 2020. The performance surpassed GPA’s previous all-time record of 498,000 TEUs set in March.

“Moving more than half a million TEUs across our docks in one month is the result of new capacity already coming online and the incredible teamwork of GPA employees, the International Longshoremen’s Association and port customers,” Lynch said.

Off-terminal, GPA is growing by another half-million TEUs in annual capacity by expanding its inland port strategy to include flexible “pop-up” container yards near manufacturing and distribution centers.

GPA has activated the yards in partnership with its two Class I rail providers, CSX and Norfolk Southern, as well as regional property owners. Four locations in Atlanta, Savannah, Statesboro, and Murray County in Northwest Georgia are up and running, bringing cargo closer to customers and increasing capacity by reducing unnecessary container storage time on Garden City Terminal.

The new facilities will also reduce truck traffic. The new Atlanta yard, for example, will avoid more than 500 roundtrip truck miles per box, with anticipated volumes of 1,200 containers a month. The GPA is also arranging additional sites, which will bring the total added capacity for this new supply chain program to 500,000 TEUs.

Lynch said with the new capacity arriving and customers clearing cargo more quickly, the Port of Savannah has already seen a dramatic drop in the length of time containers are on terminal. He said the number of import containers on port for more than four weeks has dropped by 53 percent compared to September.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020

Kemp, Georgia Ports mark Mega Rail milestone

 

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Gov. Kemp: Georgia Ports Mark Mega Rail Milestone

Savannah, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that the Georgia Ports Authority has completed and is now operating the second set of nine new rail tracks for a total of 18 tracks at its Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The expansion immediately increases intermodal capacity to and from the Port of Savannah by more than 30 percent.

“The massive new Mason Mega Rail yard is coming online at the perfect time to help address the influx of cargo crossing the docks at the Port of Savannah,” said Governor Kemp. “The added rail capacity, along with new container storage on and off terminal, are already serving as important tools to resolve the supply chain issues for Georgia and the nation. What we are doing in Georgia is working, and I am proud that we’re helping identify solutions for hardworking Georgians and Americans.”

Since Sept. 1, GPA has seen a 60 percent reduction in the amount of time containers are on terminal, as major retailers have begun moving cargo off-terminal at a faster pace. The improved flow of cargo and additional space at Garden City Terminal has allowed the Port of Savannah to expedite vessel service, reducing the number of ships waiting at anchor by 40 percent.

In addition, GPA and its two Class I rail providers are working in tandem to open temporary container yards to expedite cargo flow at the Port of Savannah. As soon as Monday, the GPA will open its first off-terminal overflow container yard less than five miles from the port.

“We’re setting up multiple inland locations that will be connected via truck or rail to the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We’re working with both CSX and Norfolk Southern to provide inland and off-dock locations to move these long-dwell imports off the facility. We think this will make a huge difference for both importers and exporters as we clear out our yard.”

GPA’s South Atlantic Supply Chain Relief Program is funded in part by reallocated federal dollars. The effort will begin with Norfolk Southern’s Dillard Yard in Garden City and the CSX Hulsey Yard, in Southeast Atlanta.

“This is the relief we needed in order to regain terminal efficiency and speed up vessel service,” said GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten. “By reclaiming this space on terminal, we can begin to reduce the backlog of vessels at anchor. This groundbreaking partnership between cargo owners and logistics providers should serve as a model for the entire nation as we work to address supply chain challenges.”

Also on Friday, GPA announced it had, for the first time in its history, handled more than 500,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in a single month. “We couldn’t be moving a half-million TEUs per month without the combined effort of GPA employees, the International Longshoremen’s Association, and the cargo owners who are clearing containers,” said Lynch.

The Port of Savannah handled 504,350 TEUs in October, an increase of 8.7 percent or 40,250 TEUs over October 2020. The performance surpassed GPA’s previous all-time record of 498,000 TEUs set in March.

Starting Dec. 1, GPA’s Peak Capacity project begins coming online in phases, delivering 820,000 TEUs of additional annual capacity by March 2022. Another 18 acres now under development will add 400,000 TEUs of capacity by July, for a total of 1.2 million TEUs of additional space. GPA is also building a new big ship berth at Garden City Terminal to accommodate additional 16,000-TEU vessels.

Georgia Ports Authority announces sale of revenue bonds

 

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REVENUE BONDS TO FUND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AT THE PORT OF SAVANNAH

SAVANNAH, Ga., Oct. 5, 2021 – The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has announced plans to issue via public offering approximately $425 million in revenue bonds to fund infrastructure projects at the Port of Savannah.

The bonds are tentatively set to be offered for sale during the week of Oct. 18. The GPA expects to post the preliminary official statement and investor presentation with respect to the bonds on or about Friday, Oct. 8.

The bonds will fund capital improvements to expand GPA’s capacity to serve the largest vessels calling on the U.S. East Coast, and to better handle the growth GPA expects in its long-term forecast. Savannah’s Garden City Terminal is the largest single-operator container terminal in the nation and the hub port for the southeastern U.S.

The bonds will be offered by a syndicate led by senior manager BofA Securities, Inc., with Academy Securities, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as co-managers.

The size, timing and structure of the bond issue is subject to market conditions, and the GPA reserves the right to change or modify its plans as it deems appropriate. There is no guarantee the anticipated transaction will be commenced or completed.

This notice does not constitute a recommendation or an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security or other financial instrument, including the bonds, or to adopt any investment strategy. Any offer or solicitation with respect to the bonds will be made solely by means of the preliminary and final official statement relating to such bonds, which will describe the actual terms of the bonds. Persons interested in additional information regarding the bonds should contact one of the firms listed or their investments broker or advisor.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

Port of Savannah to add 1.6M TEUs of capacity

 

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The Peak Capacity Project, foreground, is currently under construction and will provide 800,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units of annual capacity at the Port of Savannah. The project will be completed in two phases, with the first coming online in December. See drone video of the construction site here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Jeremy Polston)

AUGUST SECOND BUSIEST MONTH IN GPA HISTORY

 SAVANNAH, Ga., Sept. 28, 2021 – On the heels of reporting the second busiest month in its history, the Georgia Ports Authority Board approved more than $34 million to help expedite an additional 1.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in capacity that will begin coming online in December.

“In three months, this investment will begin to deliver the additional capacity we need to better accommodate increased volumes and demand for our services,” said Griff Lynch, executive director for the GPA. “I would like to thank our Board of Directors for their confidence in our ability to grow our existing terminals; our customers for sticking with us and, in many cases, increasing their commitment to Georgia’s ports; and to the men and women working throughout the supply chain, and especially GPA’s employees, I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication during unprecedented times in our industry.”

Part of the approved expenditures included the purchase of 22.2 acres adjacent to GPA’s 145-acre West Expansion property. The board also provided funds to begin developing another 18 acres of land adjacent to GPA’s 60-acre Peak Capacity project, currently under construction. In total, the developments will add 230 acres of container handling space, coming online in phases with full completion in 2023.

“The GPA’s expansion strategy will not only maintain Savannah’s position as the hub port of the U.S. Southeast, but strengthen its ability to drive economic growth and private investment for communities across Georgia,” said Joel Wooten, GPA’s chairman of the board. “In light of unprecedented demand, it is incumbent on the Board to maintain our ports to promote job growth for the state.”

The Port of Savannah handled 485,595 TEUs in August, an increase of 10 percent, or 44,000 TEUs over the same month last year, which was the previous high for August. It was the second busiest month in GPA history, after only March 2021, when Garden City Terminal handled 498,000 TEUs.

Wooten also welcomed Leda Chong who was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to GPA’s Board of Directors last week. Chong is senior vice president for Government Programs & Sales at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. She previously served as senior vice president of Asia Pacific for Gulfstream and was responsible for business development, strategic planning, and government relations within the Asia-Pacific region for both Gulfstream and the aerospace business group of General Dynamics, Gulfstream’s parent company. Chong joined General Dynamics in 2007 as a director of Government Relations and was appointed staff vice president of Government Relations in 2009. Prior to joining General Dynamics, Chong served in the U.S. Navy, retiring in the rank of Commander. She is a native of Hong Kong and fluent in Chinese. Chong graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, with degrees in applied mathematics and French literature.

Board members Jimmy Allgood and Douglas Hertz were reappointed by Gov. Kemp.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

Port of Savannah moves 5M TEUs

Mega Rail Terminal and Cargo Hub Growth

The Port of Savannah was the first container terminal in the Southeast or Gulf Coast to move
5 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in a fiscal year. 
(Georgia Ports Authority / Jeremy Polston)

CONTAINER HUB GROWING CAPACITY AND CONTINUED GROWTH

 

SAVANNAH, Ga., July 26, 2021 – For the first time in its history, the Port of Savannah has moved 5.3 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, growth in cargo volumes by 20 percent in FY2021, or nearly 900,000 TEUs compared to the previous year. 

“American companies continue to choose the Port of Savannah as a critical gateway to global trade,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “Our ports play a major role in Georgia being named the number one state for business eight years in a row. I am thankful to GPA for their great work over the past year to grow Georgia’s trading capacity and expand our world-class business environment.”

Incoming GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten thanked previous Chairman Will McKnight and Gov. Kemp for their leadership during a challenging year, as well as the partners and customers who helped Georgia Ports achieve record growth.

“GPA leadership, our employees and our partners across the logistics community put in tremendous effort to make this milestone possible,” Wooten said. “Growing our business by 20 percent in a single year is an amazing accomplishment and secures Savannah’s position as the fastest growing gateway in the nation over the past 10 years.”

GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said the Savannah Harbor deepening, the Mason Mega Rail terminal and other capacity enhancements are not only preparing GPA for the present influx of cargo, but also for future demand.  

“A major strength for the Port of Savannah is its ability to respond to the needs of customers as they expand their positions in Georgia,” Lynch said. “As port users continue to route additional cargo to Georgia, we are bullish on the future. We have an abundance of near-port property available for development, and GPA is right now adding millions of TEUs of additional capacity in Savannah.”

GPA’s trade in autos and heavy machinery also saw significant growth. Roll-on/Roll-off volumes reached 703,528 units crossing all GPA docks in FY2021, with the Port of Brunswick alone handling more than 685,000 units of vehicles and heavy machinery. Total Ro/Ro volume grew by 18 percent over the previous fiscal year, or an additional 106,150 units.

 

Highlights from the fiscal year include:

  • A 14 percent increase in total rail volumes at Garden City Terminal, up 68,000 lifts to a total of nearly 550,000 rail lifts on the year. At the Appalachian Regional Port, rail lifts grew by nearly 26 percent, an increase of 7,000, for an annual total of more than 34,000 lifts.
  • GPA added 210,000 TEUs of capacity at the Port of Savannah through expanded container handling space and equipment at Ocean Terminal.
  • The 16,000-TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo, the largest container ship to ever serve the U.S. East Coast, called on Garden City Terminal, Wednesday, May 26.
  • The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is now nearly 90 percent complete. The project should wrap up in December 2021. With a high-tide depth of 54 feet, the deeper harbor will allow vessels in the 16,000+ TEU range to take on heavier loads with fewer tidal restrictions.
  • GPA’s $220 million Mason Mega Rail project is nearly By the end of 2021, GPA will commission the second set of nine new working tracks. Mason Mega Rail will increase rail lift capacity to 2 million TEUs per year.
  • Despite the pandemic interrupting supply chains, the Governor’s Office and the Georgia Department of Economic Development won $8.43 billion in investment and more than 24,000 jobs in just the first three quarters of FY2021.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020.

For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.

10 consecutive months of positive year-over-year growth in Savannah

 

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GPA ACCELERATES EXPANSION AND HIRING EFFORTS – Growth in Savannah

 
SAVANNAH, Ga., June 10, 2021 — The Port of Savannah handled 478,620 twenty-foot equivalent container units in May, an increase of 41.9 percent compared to last year. It was the second busiest month in the port’s history, and the 10th consecutive month of positive year-over-year growth in Savannah.
 
“Georgia’s deepwater ports are thriving, and that’s good news for a wide range of industries,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “Thanks to conservative leadership and the fact that we never really shut down Georgia businesses during the pandemic, the Peach State’s economy is rebounding quickly. From logistics to manufacturing and retail, the ripple effect of booming trade at the ports of Savannah and Brunswick means business opportunity and job growth for hardworking Georgians.”
 
Port officials said the facilities saw a fast recovery from the global economic downturn of 2020.
 
“Last year, at this time, we were uncertain of the road ahead and expecting a double-digit loss in business,” said outgoing Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Board Chairman Will McKnight. “To see how the GPA team and our supply chain partners have turned things around to achieve a string of the most successful months ever speaks volumes for this world-class workforce.”
 
For the fiscal year to date (June through May), GPA has moved nearly 4.9 million TEUs, putting it on pace to surpass 5 million TEUs for the first time. Total cargo crossing all GPA docks reached 3.8 million tons last month, up 26 percent, or 781,121 tons. Rail volumes for the month grew 28 percent, or approximately 12,029 lifts, for a total of 54,436 containers.
 
“We believe managing the new cargo that’s coming our way benefits the economy, jumpstarts economic development and sustains long-term growth,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We are encouraged by the Board’s support as we advance our strategic plan to ensure we absorb this growth more effectively in the future.”
 
To keep up with this unprecedented growth, GPA has accelerated its hiring efforts, bringing on nearly 150 new employees since January 2021. Many of these employees are being trained in jockey trucks, yard cranes and other equipment to handle growth at GPA’s facilities. 
 
“Our Board will continue to invest in Georgia Ports’ most important resource – our employees,” said incoming GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten. “We also remain committed to enhancing GPA facilities to sustain our communities for years to come.”
 
GPA’s trade in vehicles and machinery units also soared last month, growing by 48,830 units, or 347 percent, for a total of 62,873 units. The auto industry was hit particularly hard during COVID-19 as many manufacturers faced plant closures and supply chain disruptions. “We expect strong growth to continue in autos and machinery as manufacturers return to normal operations,” Lynch said. 
 
Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020.
 
For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com.
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