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Savannah tops 1M TEU in fiscal Q1

Georgia Ports Authority has reported that Savannah's Garden City Terminal handled more than 1M TEU in its Q1 FY 2017-18 (July-September) period, up 5.8% or 55,629 TEU year-on-year
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In September alone, GPA moved 325,141 TEU, an increase of 5.4% or 16,792 TEU compared to Q1 in FY 2016-17.

"Sustained organic growth coupled with increased market share are driving these volume increases," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "We have also achieved major gains through the addition of Neo-Panamax vessels to the fleet serving Garden City Terminal."

Container tonnage grew by 8.1%, or 543,761 tons, to reach 7.23 Mt for the quarter ending 30th September.

During the annual Savannah State of the Port address held last week, Lynch outlined an infrastructure improvement plan to accommodate strong growth, expand existing markets and develop new ones.

Included in the plan is the purchase of 10 additional ship-to-shore cranes(ordered from Konecranes), for a total of 36. Four cranes will arrive in 2018, and the final six by 2020, allowing Garden City Terminal to move 1,300 containers per hour on and off vessels.

Additionally, GPA's US$128M Mega-Rail project will increase rail lift capacity at Garden City Terminal to 1M containers per year by 2020. The project will add 97,000ft of new track, including 18 new working tracks, and bring all switching on-dock. Better accommodation of trains up to two miles long will enable Savannah to provide faster service to the US Midwest.

In 2018, GPA's Appalachian Regional Port, an inland terminal in Chatsworth, Ga, will open for service. The CSX-served container yard will expand the Port of Savannah's reach into Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

Also in the coming year, the GPA will add six truck lanes at Garden City Terminal for a total of 54 lanes, a 12.5% increase.

"It's Savannah's unique capabilities - the largest single terminal in North America, 26 ship-to-shore cranes, on-terminal rail and immediate interstate access - that have allowed the port to handle significant growth," said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood.

"Smart investments that will double our rail lift capacity at Garden City, build inland terminals around the state, and put an unprecedented 36 cranes on one dock will position Savannah to take on a new era of business expansion."

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