FY17: SURGE OF PRIVATE INVESTMENTS, RECORD CARGO VOLUMES

FY17: Surge of private investments, record cargo volumes

 

GPA’S LYNCH ANNOUNCES 1M SQUARE FEET OF NEW E-COMMERCE WAREHOUSE SPACE

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 

 
 

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal provided opening comments for the Savannah State of the Port event Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, focusing on the state’s world-class logistics network and the business-friendly atmosphere that sets the Peach State apart. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

 

Savannah, Ga. – October 12, 2017 –  During his annual State of the Port Address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced record cargo volumes, infrastructure development and two new customers bringing a combined 1 million square feet of additional distribution center space to Savannah. 

GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch delivers his State of the Port address Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Savannah, Ga. For a summary of Lynch’s presentation, go to www.gaports.com/stateoftheport. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

“We’re expanding on all fronts,” Lynch said. “We’re adding market share through organic growth and the addition of new accounts, and we’re building the new infrastructure necessary to continue processing this cargo with world-class efficiency.”

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who attended the event hosted by the Savannah Propeller Club, credited the Authority Board and the GPA team for achieving growth of 8.3 percent in total tonnage across all terminals during Fiscal Year 2017, and doing it safely and without congestion. Savannah handled 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent units, and Brunswick moved 607,000 auto and machinery units. No other port in the Southeast recorded greater volumes for these commodities.

“Our ports’ outstanding FY17 performance highlights the value these assets bring to economic development throughout Georgia,” Deal said. “Growing capabilities in Savannah and Brunswick support the expansion of manufacturing and distribution, and the jobs these private developments provide for our citizens.”

GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said the success of Georgia’s thriving logistics industry is due to a unified vision of the state’s future. 

“Like most enterprises, it starts from the top, with Governor Deal, who has been a tireless champion of our ports and logistics networks,” Allgood said. “Both the Governor’s and the Legislature’s support of port deepening and transportation projects have helped make Savannah and Brunswick what they are today. None of this would have been possible without GPA’s leadership team and 1,200 employees whose dedication to superior service is second to none.” 

During his presentation, Lynch announced two major e-commerce developments. Noble House, a national furniture supplier, will build a 630,000 square-foot facility to serve the eastern half of the U.S., while home accessories company Best Choice will build 345,000 square feet. These announcements are in addition to 3 million square feet of distribution center space completed within the last year, and 5.2 million square feet currently under construction. Including Thursday’s announcements, this new activity will bring Savannah’s industrial inventory to more than 57 million square feet, of which less than 2 percent is currently available.

“Today’s announcements are the result of the strong collaboration of Georgia’s entire maritime community, including GPA, the International Longshoremen’s Association, stevedores, motor carriers, rail and third-party service providers,” Lynch said. “We thank Noble House and Best Choice and the many other business leaders who have selected Georgia and the Georgia Ports this year. E-commerce is a growing opportunity for Georgia as companies take advantage of cost savings related to landing cargo closer to population centers in the Eastern U.S.”

 

Port-related e-commerce announcements from FY2017 include an 846,000 square-foot distribution center for Wayfair, which will add 150 jobs; and a 753,000 square-foot facility for Tory Burch, bringing another 150 jobs to Georgia.

 

Lynch outlined plans to accommodate record growth and expand new markets. Those plans include:

 

  • A $128 million Mega-Rail Project. Additional track on terminal will allow the GPA to better handle 10,000-foot long unit trains. More efficient rail offerings will position Savannah to rapidly increase service to an arc of inland markets, from Atlanta to Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago and the Ohio Valley. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of Calendar Year 2018. Completion is expected at the end of 2020.
  • Growing Savannah’s crane fleet. The Port of Savannah has 10 Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes on order, for a total of 36 cranes. Four will arrive in 2018, and the final six by 2020. Having 36 cranes on dock will allow Garden City Terminal to move 1,300 containers per hour on and off vessels.
  • The Appalachian Regional Port. The GPA broke ground on this inland rail yard in Chatsworth, Ga., in FY2017. Its completion in the fall of 2018 will cut Atlanta truck traffic by 50,000 trips per year, and expand GPA’s reach into Tennessee, Northeast Alabama and parts of Kentucky.
  • Adding capacity for motor carriers. The GPA will expand its current gate structure by adding six truck lanes, giving Garden City Terminal a total of 54 lanes, a 12.5 percent increase.
  • Statewide logistics expansion. Off-terminal, the state of Georgia is investing $10 billion over 10 years into freight mobility. The plan will create dedicated truck lanes, alleviate traffic and improve safety across the state. Within five years, the state will deliver the Brampton Road Connector, linking Garden City Terminal to I-516, and extend the Jimmy Deloach Parkway from I-95 to I-16. This will form a complete cargo beltway for motor carriers between the port and the interstate system.
  • The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project will deepen the outer harbor to 49 feet at low tide (56 feet at high tide), and the inner harbor to 47 feet (54 feet at high tide). SHEP is 35 percent complete, with a finish date in late 2020. It will allow the largest vessels calling on the Port of Savannah to take on heavier loads and to transit the river without having to wait for high tide. Since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal at the start of FY2017, the percentage of the fleet calling on Savannah that are neo-Panamax vessels has grown from 42 percent to 60 percent.

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 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 8.2 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2015.

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

PORTS OF SAVANNAH AND BRUNSWICK HURRICANE UPDATES

Ports of Savannah and Brunswick Hurricane Updates

 

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GEORGIA PORTS AUTHORITY – HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE

Garden City Terminal

Gate Operations will resume normal business at 6 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

 

Vessel Operations will resume at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

 

Effective 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017:

  • All Hazardous and Reefer receiving will resume normal operations.
  • Export Early Receiving will be managed closely.  All 9 day windows will continue, but only 1 vessel in each service will be open for receiving at a time.  This will be reviewed on Monday Sept 18th for changes.     
  • Empty Receiving and delivering will resume normal operations 

 

Terminal Free Time, Storage and Demurrage:

  • Export Free Time will be extended for 4 days
  • Import Dwell will be extended 4 days
  • Empty Storage will be determined at the end of September billing cycle
  • Major Damage Free Time will be extended 3 days
  • Reefer Electricity charges will be extended for 4 days

 

Ocean Terminal

Gate Operations will resume normal business Wednesday 0700 Sept 13, 2017.

Vessel Operations will resume normal operations Wednesday Sept 13, 2017

 

Brunswick Terminal (Mayor’s Point and Colonels Island)

No power at either location.  Re-entry to Glynn County – State Patrol is controlling re-entry points and critical personnel access only at this time.   Gate Operations will resume when officials provide re-entry.

 

Vessel Operations (RORO) may resume when access is allowed and power is restored.   

 

The GPA will keep you all posted about changes in these actions as operations resumes.  Please stay safe. 

 

Watch for Updates

Watch the GPA website at gaports.com or text “IRMA” to 888-777 to receive updates related to storm recovery.


FROM GPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GRIFF LYNCHHURRICANE IRMA UPDATE 

Our hearts go out to the people of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina who are being impacted by Hurricane Irma.

At approximately 2:45 this afternoon the Savannah River crested below our docks at the Garden City Terminal, and we are happy to report no water damage as a result of the storm.

In addition, hurricane straps installed on our empty containers and ship-to-shore cranes prevented any cargo, crane or other infrastructure damage.

Assessment of our other facilities including Brunswick are currently under way.

GPA’s critical workforce will be returning tomorrow (Tuesday) morning to prepare the terminal for cargo operations.

Throughout this evening and tomorrow morning we will be working with our many logistics partners to determine re-opening of the port and river channel. As of now, we expect truck gates to resume operation Wednesday morning.

We would like to thank the excellent leadership of Governor Deal and his emergency management team as well as local responders who have and continue to work tirelessly to keep Georgia’s citizens out of harm’s way.

Please check our website, gaports.com, and text ‘IRMA’ to 888-777 to sign up for updates.

Best Regards,
Griff 

 

 


GEORGIA PORTS AUTHORITY – HURRICANE IRMA

Garden City Terminal

Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.

Vessel Operations will cease at 2400 Friday Sept 8, 2017

Effective 1700 Thursday Sept 7, 2017

  • All Hazardous and Reefer receiving will be discontinued until reopening.

Effective 0600 Friday Sept 8, 2017

  • Export Receiving will be managed closely.  All 9 day windows will continue, but only 1 vessel in each service will be open for receiving at a time.  This will remain in effect until further notice.   
  • Empty Receiving and delivering will cease. 
  • Gate 8 will be closed Friday Sept 8, 2017, due to no empty operations at terminal

Ocean Terminal

Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.

Vessel Operations will cease at 2400 Friday Sept 8, 2017

Brunswick Terminal(s)

Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.

Vessel Operations will cease at 1300 Friday Sept 8, 2017

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Re-Opening of Terminals

The opening of the GPA terminals is dependent on Hurricane path and post facilities assessment.  For further communications please pay attention to the GPA website www.gaports.com or if you would like, text IRMA (in all caps) to 888777 to receive updates throughout the hurricane.  We will keep you all posted about storm actions and reopening plans.  Please stay safe.  


GPA TO CLOSE OPERATIONS SEPT. 9-12

Governor orders coastal evacuation Saturday

Savannah, Ga. – Sept. 7 , 2017 – In response to Hurricane Irma, the Georgia Ports Authority will cease operations at the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick, effective Saturday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Truck gates will close at 6 p.m. Friday in Savannah, while vessel operations will end at midnight. The Port of Savannah will not be accepting empty container returns Friday.

At Colonel’s Island and Mayor’s Point terminals in Brunswick, gates will close at 5 p.m. Friday.

“The safety of our employees and partners in the maritime community is our highest concern,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We encourage GPA staff and our neighbors to heed Governor Deal’s warning and evacuate ahead of the storm.”

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a mandatory evacuation order effective Saturday for Coastal Georgia. (Click herefor details.)

“Our terminals in Savannah and Brunswick play a vital role in customer supply lines,” Lynch said. “After the hurricane passes, we are committed to assessing any damage and getting our ports back up and running as quickly as possible.”

For text updates on the GPA’s storm response, text “IRMA” to 888777. On the web, watch gaports.com for updates, or follow the GPA on Twitter at @GaPorts. 


DEAL EXPANDS STATE OF EMERGENCY TO 24 ADDITIONAL COUNTIES

Mandatory evacuation for some areas to begin Saturday

September 7, 2017 / 2:15 p.m.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended his State of Emergency declaration to include 24 additional counties.

Accompanying the new declaration is a mandatory evacuation order effective 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, for all residents of Coastal Georgia living east of Interstate 95. According to a statement from the governor, the  mandatory evacuation will be a phased evacuation at the direction of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency in cooperation with county emergency management agencies.

GEMHSA will institute contraflow on Interstate 16 at 8 a.m. Saturday, with all lanes of traffic flowing westbound to facilitate the evacuation.

Gov. Deal has called up 5,000 Georgia National Guardsmen to assist in hurricane preparation and response efforts.

Counties now included in the State of Emergency declaration are:

Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware.

To read the executive order, click here


 September 7, 2017 / 1:00 p.m. 

According to storm track models issued at 1 p.m. by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Irma is forecast to turn toward the north Saturday afternoon or night. On the latest forecast path, Irma is expected to pass over or near southeast Florida on Sunday, then toward the Georgia and South Carolina coasts very early next week. Hurricane Irma may begin to directly impact Georgia on Sunday, and impacts will likely continue into Tuesday.

Due to uncertainty regarding the exact track and intensity of Irma as it approaches Coastal Georgia area, the National Weather Service cannot yet precisely pin down the magnitude or location of the impacts. However, the Weather Service advised residents to prepare for the potential for a major, land-falling hurricane late this weekend into early next week.

 

September 7, 2017 / 10:00 a.m.

As of 10 a.m., Sept. 7, the U.S. Coast Guard has set the port readiness condition for the ports of Savannah and Brunswick at WHISKEY based on projections of gale force winds arriving within 72 hours. 

For more information Click here.

The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick remain open and operating. 


September 6, 2017 / 2:31 p.m.

Irma continues moving towards the US East Coast. Chatham and Glynn counties remain in the potential landfall cone. Please take precautions.

September 6, 2017 / 10:59 a.m.

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency has moved to Opcon 4 per the County Hurricane Plan. GPA continues to monitor hurricane Irma.


DEAL DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AHEAD OF HURRICANE IRMA

September 6, 2017

Acting on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal today issued a state of emergency for six coastal counties. This emergency declaration includes Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh Counties. 
 
“Ahead of Hurricane Irma, I’ve issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and waiving rules and regulations for motor vehicles transporting supplies, equipment, personnel, goods and services associated with disaster assistance and relief,” said Deal. “This state of emergency also ensures aid for the six counties potentially impacted by this catastrophic storm. We will continue monitoring Hurricane Irma’s path in the days ahead and coordinating with our federal, state and local partners. I urge Georgians in the affected counties to remain vigilant and be prepared.”

To read the executive order, click here
 
For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency website here
 
Contact: Catherine Howden, catherine.howden@gema.ga.gov

GPA UP 10.8 PERCENT IN CY17

GPA up 10.8 percent in CY17

 

SAVANNAH ON RECORD PACE, MOVES MORE THAN 335,000 TEUS IN JULY

 

Workers unload rolls of steel from a vessel at the Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal in July. Breakbulk tonnage grew by 22 percent at Ocean Terminal last month. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

 

Savannah, Ga. – Aug. 10, 2017 – The Georgia Ports Authority moved 2.33 million twenty-foot equivalent container units for the calendar year through July, up 10.8 percent, or an additional 230,000 TEUs. 

“It is through the incredible efficiency and productivity of GPA employees and the International Longshoremen’s Association — as well as the continued commitment of shippers and customers — that these record volumes are possible,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Georgia’s renewed investments, strong support from Gov. Nathan Deal and state leaders, and superior logistics are encouraging customers to bring more business here.”

In what was its busiest July ever, the Port of Savannah handled more than 336,000 TEUs, for a 6.8 percent (21,385-TEU) increase. 

“Our July performance underscores the value of our deepwater ports to the nation’s economy,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Our terminals support the exports of our farms and factories, supply components for domestic manufacturing, and ensure the efficiency of retail commerce.”

Also in the calendar year to date through July, total tonnage crossing GPA docks grew by 13 percent, or 2.37 million tons, to reach 20.67 million tons. In July alone, breakbulk cargo grew by 12.3 percent for a total of 232,390 tons– part of strong performances in Savannah and Brunswick for bulk and breakbulk commodities. 

Lumber handled at Savannah’s Ocean Terminal more than doubled in July, from 2,366 tons in July 2016 to 7,702 tons last month. A strengthening construction industry has improved demand for lumber, with single-family housing starts increasing by 7 percent during the first quarter of Calendar Year 2017 and multi-family housing up by 9 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Overall, Ocean Terminal’s breakbulk tonnage grew by 22 percent last month, to reach a total of 124,150 tons.

The iron and steel category is also up at Ocean Terminal, growing by 10.3 percent (4,835 tons) to 51,644 tons in July. A manufacturing report issued by the Institute for Supply Management stated that new orders, production, employment, backlog and exports were all expanding in July compared to June. Similarly, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics found increasing employment in July in manufacturing, led by gains in fabricated metal products, transportation equipment and machinery.

At East River Terminal in Brunswick, wood pellets used for fuel rebounded from zero last July to 49,011 tons in July 2017, powering a 75.7 percent growth in overall bulk cargo business at East River, which reached 68,813 tons.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 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 8.2 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2015.

 

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

GPA MARKS BUSIEST JUNE, RECORD YEAR

GPA marks busiest June, record year

 

SIX NEW SHIP-TO-SHORE CRANES APPROVED 

 

The Georgia Ports Authority has on order 10 new ship-to-shore cranes that will dramatically increase vessel loading capacity at Garden City Terminal to 1,300 containers per hour – more than any other single terminal in North America. Find print quality images here. (GPA photo)

 

Savannah, Ga. – July 24, 2017 – At its July board meeting, the Georgia Ports Authority reported record fiscal year results and approved the purchase of six new ship-to-shore cranes. 

In FY2017, the GPA moved an all-time high of 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 6.7 percent, or 242,221 TEUs over the previous year. In the last half of FY2017 alone, the Port of Savannah handled an impressive 1.99 million TEUs, for a growth rate of 11.6 percent over the same period in FY2016.

“We could not have achieved this record-breaking year without the hard work and outstanding dedication of our employees,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Our volume growth continues to outpace forecasted demand. Shipping lines are moving 13,000- and 14,000-TEU vessels into service on the East Coast more quickly than anticipated, and concentrating their deliveries at efficient gateway ports like Savannah. This new crane purchase, along with the four already on order, will enable GPA to increase crane capacity by nearly 40 percent.”

The Georgia Ports Authority capped a record fiscal year with its busiest June ever, moving 337,710 twenty-foot equivalent container units, for growth of 17 percent for the month. In Fiscal Year 2017, the GPA moved 33.4 million tons of cargo across all terminals, another all-time high and an 8.3 percent increase over FY2016. 

“Phenomenal cargo growth on this scale is made possible by the strong partnership we enjoy with the International Longshoremen’s Association, the unwavering support of Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly, and the confidence our customers have in Georgia’s ports,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood.

At the meeting Monday, the board approved $72.75 million to purchase six more Neopanamax ship-to-shore cranes. The new machines will arrive in 2020, and are in addition to a previous order of four cranes that will be operational in June of next year. The combined 10 additional cranes will bring the fleet to 36, able to move more than 1,300 containers per hour across a single dock – a capacity unmatched by any other single terminal in North America.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 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.

 

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

GPA MARKS BUSIEST JUNE, RECORD YEAR

GPA marks busiest June, record year

 

SIX NEW SHIP-TO-SHORE CRANES APPROVED

Friday, July 21, 2017

 
 
 

The Georgia Ports Authority has on order 10 new ship-to-shore cranes that will dramatically increase vessel loading capacity at Garden City Terminal to 1,300 containers per hour – more than any other single terminal in North America. Find print quality images here. (GPA photo)

 

Savannah, Ga. – July 24, 2017 – At its July board meeting, the Georgia Ports Authority reported record fiscal year results and approved the purchase of six new ship-to-shore cranes. 

In FY2017, the GPA moved an all-time high of 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 6.7 percent, or 242,221 TEUs over the previous year. In the last half of FY2017 alone, the Port of Savannah handled an impressive 1.99 million TEUs, for a growth rate of 11.6 percent over the same period in FY2016.

“We could not have achieved this record-breaking year without the hard work and outstanding dedication of our employees,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Our volume growth continues to outpace forecasted demand. Shipping lines are moving 13,000- and 14,000-TEU vessels into service on the East Coast more quickly than anticipated, and concentrating their deliveries at efficient gateway ports like Savannah. This new crane purchase, along with the four already on order, will enable GPA to increase crane capacity by nearly 40 percent.”

The Georgia Ports Authority capped a record fiscal year with its busiest June ever, moving 337,710 twenty-foot equivalent container units, for growth of 17 percent for the month. In Fiscal Year 2017, the GPA moved 33.4 million tons of cargo across all terminals, another all-time high and an 8.3 percent increase over FY2016. 

“Phenomenal cargo growth on this scale is made possible by the strong partnership we enjoy with the International Longshoremen’s Association, the unwavering support of Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly, and the confidence our customers have in Georgia’s ports,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood.

At the meeting Monday, the board approved $72.75 million to purchase six more Neopanamax ship-to-shore cranes. The new machines will arrive in 2020, and are in addition to a previous order of four cranes that will be operational in June of next year. The combined 10 additional cranes will bring the fleet to 36, able to move more than 1,300 containers per hour across a single dock – a capacity unmatched by any other single terminal in North America.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 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.

 

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

TRILATERAL AGRICULTURE MEETINGS IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Joint Statement of Secretary Perdue (U.S.), Minister Lawrence MacAulay (Canada) & Secretary Calzada (Mexico) Regarding Trilateral Agriculture Meetings in Savannah, Georgia

JOINT STATEMENT OF SECRETARY PERDUE (U.S.), MINISTER LAWRENCE MACAULAY (CANADA) & SECRETARY CALZADA (MEXICO) REGARDING TRILATERAL AGRICULTURE MEETINGS IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (center) along with counterparts, Agriculture Minister for Canada Lawrence MacAulay (center, right) and the Secretary of Agriculture for Mexico José Calzada (right) — observe ship-to-shore operations on the CMA CGM vessel Lyra at the Port of Savannah, Ga. The Lyra has a capacity of more than 11,000 twenty-foot container units. The trio were hosted by Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch (second from left) and GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Savannah, Ga. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority Photo/Stephen B. Morton) 
 Release No. 0062.17
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Joint Statement of Secretary Perdue (U.S.), Minister Lawrence MacAulay (Canada) & Secretary Calzada (Mexico) 
Regarding Trilateral Agriculture Meetings in Savannah, Georgia
 
SAVANNAH, GA, June 20, 2017 – Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay; Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Jose Calzada; and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement at the conclusion of their first trilateral meetings in Savannah, GA, June 19-20, 2017.

 

“Our three nations are connected not only geographically, but through our deeply integrated agricultural markets. Our trading relationship is vital to the economies – and the people – of our respective countries. We are working together to support and create good jobs in all three countries. We share a commitment to keeping our markets open and transparent so that trade can continue to grow. That mutual commitment was reaffirmed in our discussions this week.

 

“The North American Free Trade Agreement has greatly helped our respective agricultural sectors as well as our consumers who have benefitted from an ever-growing variety of safe, affordable food products all year around. While even the best trading partnerships face challenges from time to time, our agricultural differences are relatively few in the context of the $85 billion in agricultural trade that flows between our three nations each year.

 

“Over the years, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have also worked collaboratively to protect plant and animal health, conduct joint research, and share best practices. These efforts have helped to eradicate several pests and diseases from the region, differentiating us from the rest of the world. Our three countries remain committed to continued collaboration to ensure a safe and reliable regional supply chain that makes the North American agriculture sector more competitive.

 

“Our visit to Georgia fostered the mutual understanding and personal relationships that will help North American agriculture thrive, improve our regional partnership and collaboration, and strengthen our trading relationship.”

GEORGIA PORTS AUTHORITY BREAKS CONTAINER VOLUME RECORD

Georgia Ports Authority breaks container volume record

 

ADDITIONAL SHIPPING SERVICES AND STRONG ECONOMY BUILD MOMENTUM FOR SAVANNAH

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

 

 

More than 9,500 TEUs were moved on and off of the OOCL France, one of two 13,000-plus TEU vessels to call the Port of Savannah within 21 days. The arrival of larger vessels, including the OOCL France, contributed to a record-breaking month for the Georgia Ports Authority. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority)

 

Savannah, Ga. — June 6, 2017 Larger vessels and additional container services calling Georgia’s ports coupled with a positive economic forecast ushered in an all-time record month for container volume. The Georgia Ports Authority handled 350,104 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in May, 11.68 % more TEUs compared to the same month a year ago, or 36,619 additional TEUs.

“It’s evident shipping lines are deploying larger vessels and cargo exchanges through the Panama Canal to Georgia’s ports,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “This is a strong indicator that an important market share shift to Georgia is possible through recently restructured shipping services.”

Garden City Terminal received 1,676 vessel calls between July 2016 and May 2017 of which 454 transited the expanded Panama Canal. This led to a 16% increase in throughput during that 11-month period via the Panama Canal at Garden City Terminal.

Lynch said the recent calls of 13,000-plus TEU vessels — the COSCO Development and OOCL France — demonstrate how efficiently larger vessels are served by the GPA. He noted the vessels play to the strengths of Garden City’s single terminal operation, which include an unmatched 1,200-acre complex, 26 ship-to-shore cranes, nine container berths and on-terminal service by two Class I rail providers.

These advantages at Garden City Terminal allowed crews to move more than 19,000 TEUs from these two 13,000-plus TEU vessels, which called the Port of Savannah just 21 days apart.

“The GPA’s continued on-terminal investment along with the state of Georgia’s off-terminal improvements will allow GPA to serve vessels well beyond 13,000 TEUs,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood.

On April 1, shipping lines realigned to form massive alliances. These new rotations signal more 13,000-plus TEU vessels are heading for Georgia’s ports. Since the realignment, 35 weekly container services call Garden City Terminal, more than any other port on the U.S. East Coast.

“Our record-breaking performance in May with no congestion or operational issues gave our customers increased confidence in Georgia’s ports,” Lynch said. “This proves the GPA can simultaneously serve larger vessels and greater volumes while providing the excellent logistic solutions our customers have come to expect.”

 

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 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 8.2 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2015.

 

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

GPA TO USE ELECTRIC CRANES AT APPALACHIAN REGIONAL PORT

GPA to use electric cranes at Appalachian Regional Port

 

QUIET, CLEAN-RUNNING CRANES CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE OPERATION

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

 
 

The electric rubber-tired gantry cranes at the Appalachian Regional Port will be similar to those used in Savannah (above). The transition to eRTGs is part of a series of GPA initiatives designed to increase productivity and capacity in environmentally responsible ways. Through efforts such as electrifying ship-to-shore cranes and refrigerated container racks, the Port of Savannah avoids the use of more than 5.4 million gallons of diesel annually. Find print quality images here. (GPA photo)

 

Savannah, Ga. – May 24, 2017 – The Georgia Ports Authority Board on Monday approved the purchase of three electric rubber-tired gantry cranes for the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth. 

“The eRTGs provide the most efficient method for completing container moves on terminal,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “These machines will lessen the impact of our operations on the surrounding community by running quieter, and by virtually eliminating diesel emissions.”

The ARP, an inland port to be operated by the GPA, will open additional markets across Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. On 42 acres in Northwest Georgia’s Murray County, the site will feature on-terminal rail service from CSX Transportation. The location is adjacent to U.S. 411 and features easy access to Interstate 75. The facility will handle import, export and domestic cargo.

The electric cranes to be used at the inland terminal will reduce fuel consumption by more than 95 percent per crane. The Georgia Ports Authority received a 2016 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for its eRTG program, which virtually eliminates emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter compared to diesel-powered RTGs.

Other environmental benefits come from reduced truck miles. The inland port model allows exports to be trucked for shorter distances and staged at the intermodal yard, where they are loaded onto trains moving hundreds of containers in a single trip.

Also at the GPA board meeting Monday, Lynch reported that construction at the Appalachian Regional Port is more than 10 percent complete. The 40-acre inland terminal in Northwest Georgia is expected to open in summer 2018.

Through improved access to low-cost rail and a ready source of empty containers returned to the inland rail yard, inland terminals serve as magnets for industry, offering important opportunities for economic development.

“There is already excitement in the marketplace over the potential benefits of our inland terminal in Chatsworth,” said John Trent, senior director of strategic operations and safety at the Georgia Ports Authority. “We’re hearing from exporters and distribution project developers who would like to tap into the efficiencies of the ARP, and who we expect to bring jobs to the region.”

The decision to install eRTGs in Chatsworth continues a transition begun at the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. GPA’s initial eRTG project was the first installation of its kind at a port in North America.

The cranes are powered by 480-volt electrical connections and have the capacity to regenerate power back to the electric grid by capturing energy when lowering boxes. The eRTGs were developed through collaboration between GPA engineers and the Finnish company Konecranes. The power system was designed by Conductix-Wampfler.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 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 8.2 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2015.

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

GEORGIA’S PORTS SET NEW INDUSTRY STANDARD

Georgia’s ports set new industry standard

TOTAL TONNAGE CLIMBS BY 13 PERCENT

Monday, May 22, 2017

 
 
 

During the 30 hours the COSCO Development was in dock at the Port of Savannah, six cranes moved more than 9,700 TEUs on and off the vessel, with a net berth productivity of 220 boxes per hour. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

 

Savannah, Ga. – May 22, 2017 – The Georgia Ports Authority handled 333,006 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in April, an increase of 11.7 percent, or 34,966 TEUs, compared to the same month a year ago. Across all ports, GPA’s total tonnage increased by 13 percent, or 334,950 tons, to reach 2.94 million tons and the Authority’s busiest April ever. 

“Savannah has established itself as a premier gateway serving the Eastern United States,” said Griff Lynch, GPA’s executive director. “Our team is not only keeping pace with record volumes, but has managed to set new industry standards in cargo velocity, berth productivity and congestion free gates.” 

Lynch cited the recent visit of the COSCO Development, the first 13,000-TEU vessel to call the U.S. East Coast, as an example. During the 30 hours the vessel was in dock, six cranes moved more than 9,700 TEUs on and off the vessel, with a net berth productivity of 220 boxes per hour. 

Last month’s performance continues a surge of growth for the GPA across the first four months of the calendar year, with TEUs increasing to 1.3 million, up 10.2 percent (121,258 TEUs) compared to the same period in 2016.

“Our goal at Georgia’s ports has been to stay one step ahead of demand in the marketplace,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “As a result of this approach, we can accommodate more and more vessels like the COSCO Development without delays.”

Lynch said the scale and scope of Garden City Terminal is perfectly suited for the massive exchanges coming on and off Neo-Panamax vessels. “As the size of vessels grows, so does the need for larger terminals with significant assets to handle increased volumes. At 1,200 acres, handling nearly 10,000 truck moves per day and 38 trains per week, Savannah is perfectly positioned to fill this need,” Lynch said.

Measured in containers, total refrigerated cargo – a sector that includes export poultry, peanuts, pecans and blueberries among other farm produce – grew by 8.2 percent in April. For the calendar year to date, refrigerated cargo is up by 11.6 percent, 2,466 additional containers through April, for a total of 23,661 containers. 

Auto and machinery units via Savannah and Brunswick were up 3.5 percent (7,406) to reach 217,729 units during the first four months of the year. 

In other business, the GPA Board on Monday approved the purchase of three new electric rubber-tired gantry cranes for use at the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) in Chatsworth, Ga. The e-RTGs virtually eliminate diesel usage, run quieter and require less maintenance than diesel-powered RTGs. The ARP, an inland port to be operated by the GPA, will open additional markets across Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky while converting tens of thousands of containers from truck to rail. The ARP is projected to begin operation in 2018. 

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 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 8.2 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2015.

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

Gov. Deal welcomes COSCO Development

Gov. Deal welcomes COSCO Development

 

PORT OF SAVANNAH HANDLES RECORD CONTAINERS FOR LARGEST VESSEL TO EVER CALL U.S. EAST COAST

Friday, May 12, 2017

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal speaks in front of the container ship COSCO Development at the Port of Savannah, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Savannah, Ga. At a capacity of 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Development is the largest ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast. Find print quality images here. Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton

 

Savannah, Ga. – May 12, 2017 – At an event on the docks of the Port of Savannah today, Governor Nathan Deal, port officials and the maritime community were on hand to welcome the COSCO Development, the largest containership to ever call on the U.S. East Coast as it handled 5,500 containers, a record for Georgia’s ports. 

“This is another example of how the Port of Savannah is the gateway not just for the U.S. Southeast, but for America’s East Coast,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “The numbers are impressive; our customers have spoken, and the Port of Savannah is clearly the must-call port.” 

During the ship’s 30 hours at dock, up to six cranes moved 10,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent container Units) on and off the vessel, which translated into more than 50 percent of the vessel’s entire volume for its maiden voyage to the U.S. East Coast. 

With a capacity of 13,092 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Development measures 1,201 feet long and 158 feet wide. 

“The COSCO Development is the start of a new era in the East Coast container trade,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “With their shift to larger, more cost-effective vessels, the shipping lines are gravitating toward gateway ports. The Port of Savannah is perfectly suited to handle the larger exchanges of Neo-Panamax vessels.” 

Lynch added: “We would like to thank the men and women of Georgia’s ports, the International Longshoremen’s Association and other vital members of the maritime community for their outstanding work that has made today’s accomplishments possible.”   

Crews working the COSCO Development were able to complete more than 220 container moves per hour during a period in which the GPA and International Longshoremen worked a total of nine vessels, moving more than 12,000 total containers, or 21,600 TEUs. The 1,200-acre Garden City Terminal features 26 ship-to-shore cranes and 146 rubber-tired gantry cranes – more than any other U.S. terminal. 

“Generation after generation have been committed to building this facility into the world-class port it is today,” GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said at a news conference to mark the event. “Those decades of dedication have made possible the work you see being achieved with speed and efficiency.” 

In the near future, vessels such as the COSCO Development will be able to take advantage of deeper water as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) makes additional progress. At present, dredging for the outer harbor to 49 feet at mean low water, which constitutes about half of the shipping channel, is 60 percent complete. The inner harbor project will provide 47 feet of deepwater draft when complete. Lynch thanked Governor Deal, the Georgia legislature, the Georgia delegation in Washington, D.C. and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for their tireless efforts to ensure the completion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. 

“Savannah is already the load center for trade in the U.S. Southeast, but deepening our harbor to better accommodate vessels such as the Development will make Savannah even more attractive to cargo owners,” Lynch said. 

A study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showed that U.S. companies moving goods through Garden City Terminal will save $282 million per year once the harbor deepening is complete in 2021. 

“Deeper water in Savannah will complement the new, expanded Panama Canal by reducing the expense of delivering goods to customers at home and abroad,” said Allgood.   

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 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 8.2 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2015. 

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