Freight News, Sea

Savannah Container Traffic Sees Highest-ever September

[ October 29, 2015   //   ]

Marking the seventh consecutive month of record container throughput, the Port of Savannah handled 317,411 TEUs in September, a 7.3% or 21,713-TEU increase over the same month last year.

“We are pleasantly surprised to see volumes remaining above last year’s double digit growth,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. In September 2014, the port realized a 12.9% increase for the same period.

“Last month was the busiest September for container traffic in GPA’s history,” he said. “We anticipate, at some point this year, to begin seeing throughput leveling off to more normal patterns.”

The Port of Savannah’s record volumes continue a pattern that has made it the only US port to rank among the Journal of Commerce’s listing of the Top 10 fastest growing ports in the world, released last week.

The GPA also achieved healthy roll-on/roll-off cargo growth in September, expanding 4.6% (2,200 units) to reach 50,305 Ro/Ro units for the month.

In total tonnage, the GPA grew cargo by 5% (121,423 tons) to reach 2.52 million tons in September; of that figure, the Port of Brunswick accounted for 197,366 tons, up 3.6% (6,787 tons). The Port of Savannah’s September total increased by 5.2% to reach 2.32 million tons.