THE Port of Savannah has taken delivery of three neopanamax ship-to-shore cranes, bringing
its total to 36, more than any other single terminal in North America.
"Along with dock improvements at Garden
City Terminal, our growing crane fleet will allow Savannah to serve four
14,000-TEU vessels simultaneously by 2023," said Georgia Ports
Authority executive director Griff Lynch. "We're already moving
containers from vessel to rail in 24 hours, and these investments will
help to ensure cargo fluidity as our business grows."
The new cranes, designed by Konecranes of Finland, will immediately
undergo a commissioning process. The first new crane will go into
service in 12 weeks, and all three will be loading and unloading vessels
by the end of June.
In December 2019, three additional cranes arrived in Savannah. Among the
largest working the nation's ports today, the new cranes tower 295 feet
above the docks when fully raised and assembled.
Of the cranes that arrived in December, the first is already in use. The
second crane is in its final commissioning phase and should be in use
in the third week of March. The boom of the third crane was raised last
week, and should be in operation by April, port officials said.