Georgia Ports Authority touts 2017 fiscal year milestones

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Georgia ports recorded all-time highs in container volume during the 2017 fiscal year.
Georgia Ports Authority
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia ports saw an all-time high of intermodal containers during its 2017 fiscal year, the Georgia Ports Authority recently announced.

In fiscal year 2017, the authority handled 3.9 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 6.7 percent, or 242,221 units compared with the previous year. In the last half of fiscal year 2017, which ended June 30. The Port of Savannah logged just under 2 million units for a growth rate of 11.6 percent when compared with the same period in 2016’s fiscal year.

In June, the authority handled more than 337,700 container units, which contributed to a 17-percent growth rate for the month.

For the entire year, the authority moved 33.4 million tons of cargo across all terminals, which according to authority officials, is an 8.3 percent uptick from 2016’s fiscal year.

To accommodate future growth plans, the authority has approved a $72.7 million purchase to add six additional ship-to-shore cranes used in transferring container units between vessels and land. The new cranes will arrive in 2020.

The Georgia Ports Authority manages the Port of Savannah, Port of Brunswick, and other support facilities. CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and Genesee & Wyoming’s Savannah Port Terminal Railroad provide rail service to the Georgia port facilities.

See the news release online.

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