THE Port of Savannah moved an all-time high of 4.5 million TEU in the fiscal year that ended June 30, representing year-on-year growth of 7.3 per cent.
For the first time ever, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled half a million container lifts to rail, an increase of 16.6 per cent compared to fiscal year 2018. The 506,707 intermodal boxes constituted one-fifth of total containers, another record.
"The authority's investment in the Mason Mega Rail project is coming just in time for our capacity to stay ahead of demand, ensuring the free flow of intermodal cargo," said GPA chairman Will McKnight. "The first phase of the project will be complete this year, cutting rail transit time to Midwestern markets by 24 hours."
The Mason Mega Rail project, which will double Savannah's rail capacity and create the largest on-terminal intermodal facility in North America, is 35 per cent complete. By 2021, the new facility will be able to handle one million containers a year.
"Rail cargo is expanding at twice the rate of our overall container trade, reducing congestion on our highways and increasing Georgia's reach to a mid-American arc of cities, including Chicago, St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio," said GPA's executive director Griff Lynch.
At Brunswick, 613,680 autos and machinery units crossed the docks at Colonel's Island terminal as ro-ro cargo rose four per cent at Colonel's Island in FY2019.
Ocean Terminal in Savannah added another 35,884 vehicles for a total of 650,000 units moved through Georgia's ports.
At East River Terminal in Brunswick, terminal operator Logistec handled 1.2 million tons of bulk cargo in FY2019, up 203,000 tons. The improvement was largely associated with an increase in wood pellets, peanut pellets and perlite.