The Port of Savannah’s annual cargo volume last year grew by 11% to more than 4 million twenty-foot equivalent units, setting a record for the port.
“This is the first time we’ve handled more than 4 million TEUs in a 12-month period, which is an important milestone for Savannah,” said Griff Lynch, Georgia Ports Authority executive director, in a Georgia Ports Authority news release.
As part of establishing itself as a regional cargo gateway, the port is investing in a deepening project called the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, supported by state and federal funds.
With three dredges currently working in the Savannah River, the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
Intermodal volume at Garden City Terminal is also in growth mode, up 18.8% in December with nearly 65,000 TEUs moved by rail.
The port is set to break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal in early spring, which will double Garden City Terminal’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. That project should be finished by the end of 2020.
“What sets Savannah apart is its ability to grow capacity, increase cargo and do it in an efficient manner without congestion,” Georgia Ports Authority board chairman Jimmy Allgood said in the release.
Another project designed to increase capacity is a $3.5 million upgrade to four of the port’s ship-to-shore cranes. The port also received four Neopanamax cranes in November and is set to receive six more in 2020, for a total of 36 cranes, according to the release.