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GPA: 10M-TEU capacity in 10 years

[ February 9, 2018   //   ]

At the 50th¬†annual Georgia Foreign Trade Conference Monday, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch reviewed the strategic plan for Georgia’s ports that will allow for 10 million TEUs, 1 million rail lifts, and more than 1 million auto and machinery units per year.

“Georgia is home to both the single largest container and roll-on/roll-off facilities in North America,” Lynch said. “Our goal is to maximize capacity, create jobs and reduce impact on our local communities.”

Lynch provided an overview of GPA’s 2028 Plan that calls for 42 ship-to-shore cranes, 200 yard cranes, new RTG lanes and significant intermodal expansion in Savannah. The GPA will soon open its second inland terminal in Northwest Georgia and break ground on the Mason Mega Rail project at Garden City Terminal. Combined, both intermodal projects will open new markets while significantly reducing rail crossings and over the road freight through Savannah, Atlanta and beyond.

“We have come to an exciting turning point,” said Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Georgia’s business-friendly environment, led by Gov. Nathan Deal, coupled with statewide infrastructure investments, have set the stage for new business, new jobs and additional trade through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick.”

Since Gov. Deal was first elected in 2010, trade through Georgia’s ports has grown from 2.8 million TEUs to more than 4 million TEUs in 2017. Ro/Ro cargo has expanded from 411,000 units per year to more than 640,000 units, and cargo crossing all docks has grown from 25 million tons in 2010 to 35 million tons in 2017.

“Under the governor’s leadership, Georgia and the GPA have made incredible strides to prepare for the evolving demands of global trade,” Allgood said.

Lynch announced that Savannah’s outer harbor dredging will be finished in March, bringing the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project to 50% completion. Deepening the inner harbor should be complete by late 2021, allowing Neo-Panamax vessels to take on more cargo and transit the river with greater scheduling flexibility.

“With the project moving forward, the fiscal argument for the Savannah Harbor deepening grows stronger and stronger as more customers choose Georgia as a gateway to serve the Southeast,” Lynch said. “The ability for these ships to take on heavier export loads will mean greater efficiency and lower costs for American producers.”

Garden City Terminal cargo import and export Georgia Ports Authority, Monday, July 11, 2016, at the Garden City Terminal near Savannah, Ga. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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