Port of Savannah smashes container records in May

THE Port of Savannah moved an all-time high 519,390 TEU in May, breaking the previous record of 504,350 TEU set in October 2021 - representing a year-on-year increase of 8.5 per cent, or 40,770 TEU, reports London's Port Technology.


"Despite global supply chain challenges, the Port of Savannah continues to be an economic driver, providing reliable, world-class service for port customers across our state and nation," said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.


"Delivering new opportunity for hardworking Georgians and supporting economic prosperity across the Peach State is central to the mission of our deepwater ports."


Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Griff Lynch noted that the port's Garden City Terminal is handling more business over the current influx of trade compared to the previous spike last fall.


This increase in business has been driven in part by vessels diverting to Savannah from other East and West Coast ports.


"Strong consumer demand continues to drive higher volumes at the Port of Savannah," said Mr Lynch.


"The infrastructure improvements and pop-up yards approved by the GPA Board have enabled our operations to maintain the flow of cargo across our terminal, despite unprecedented container volumes passing through the port."


In April, the GPA added 900,000 TEU of annual capacity to its Garden City Terminal. A further 300,000 TEU is expected to come online in July.


GPA board chairman Joel Wooten added: "By increasing container space at Garden City Terminal, GPA is accommodating the expansion in global commerce that supports job growth in Georgia. Industries from logistics to auto manufacturing, and agriculture to retail depend on Georgia's ports for reliable supply chain solutions."


The Port of Savannah also completed 327,400 truck gate moves in May, counting loaded import and export containers, as well as the movement of empty chassis.


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Port of Savannah smashes container records in May
Port of Savannah smashes container records in May