The Port of Savannah reported a record volume of container traffic for the fiscal year that ended June 30, having moved a total of 4.5 million TEUs.
This represents an increase of more than 305,000 TEUs, or 7.3 percent, according to the U.S. seaport.
In another first, Georgia Port Authority (GPA) handled more than half a million container lifts to rail, growing that number by more than 72,000, or 16.6 percent. The 506,707 intermodal boxes constituted more than 20 percent of total containers, another record, the port noted.
“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 Will McKnight, GPA’s Board Chairman.
At the Port of Brunswick, 613,680 autos and machinery units crossed the docks at Colonel’s Island Terminal, GPA’s main port for the import-export of cars, trucks and tractors, while roll-on/roll-off cargo grew by 4 percent at Colonel’s Island in FY2019.
Ocean terminal in Savannah added another 35,884 vehicles for a total of nearly 650,000 units moved through Georgia’s ports.
GPA also has a program in place that will allow the Port of Savannah to simultaneously handle six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2024. The port can currently accommodate three boxships of that size.