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Six more STS cranes for Savannah

Georgia Ports Authority is to invest US$72.75M in six more New-Panamax STS cranes, for delivery in 2020
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At the time of writing the S&P contract has not been disclosed, However, GPA Savannah is Konecranes' most important single customer for STS cranes and RTGs worldwide, with an installed fleet of 26 STS cranes and 146 RTGs from the company. In addition, currently GPA has four NPX STS cranes on order from Konecranes, for delivery in 2018.

The10 new STS cranes will thus bring the total STS crane fleet in Savannah to 36, able to move more than 1,300 containers per hour across a single dock: a capacity unmatched by any other single terminal in North America, states GPA.

In FY2017 (July 2016-June 2017), the GPA moved an all-time high of 3.85M TEU, an increase of 6.7%, or 242,221 TEU, over the previous year. In H2 FY2017 alone, Savannah handled 1.99M TEU, up 11.6% on H1 FY2016.

GPA capped a record fiscal year with its busiest June ever, moving 337,710 TEU (+ 17%) In FY2017, the GPA moved 33.4 Mt of cargo across all terminals, another all-time high and an 8.3% increase over FY2016.

"We could not have achieved this record-breaking year without the hard work and outstanding dedication of our employees," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

"Our volume growth continues to outpace forecasted demand. Shipping lines are moving 13,000- and 14,000-TEU vessels into service on the East Coast more quickly than anticipated, and concentrating their deliveries at efficient gateway ports like Savannah. This new crane purchase, along with the four already on order, will enable GPA to increase crane capacity by nearly 40%."

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