GPA Posts Growth In Tonnage

(Americas) 'Steady Volumes' of Breakbulk at Georgia Ports

The Georgia Ports Authority has reported strong growth across its terminals, with total tonnage reaching 38.5 million tonnes, an increase of 4.3 percent on 2018.

Breakbulk cargo was reported as delivering "steady volumes" as combined growth in tonnage for bulk and containerized goods propelled the increase.

"Both Savannah and Brunswick are outperforming the market, with Garden City container trade growing at a rate three times faster than the U.S. total, and Brunswick ro-ro units increasing despite a drop in U.S. vehicle sales in 2019," said Will McKnight, GPA board chairman.

Infrastructure Investment

Building on the strong growth last year, the GPA is pushing ahead with ambitious infrastructure plans to double annual rail capacity at the Port of Savannah and expand berth capacity.

“To fulfill the growing responsibility placed on our deepwater terminals, we have developed a plan to double our capacity,” said Griff Lynch, GPA executive director.

Alongside plans for the port of Savannah, the authority is also developing a 400-acre site on Colonel's Island and moving ahead with the next pahse of its Mason Mega Rail Terminal, the largest on-dock rail facility at any port in North America.

The official opening of Phase I of GPA’s Mason Mega Rail Terminal is slated for March with Phase II set to open in late 2020.

Record-breaking Accomplishment

The GPA reported that port of Savannah posted record growth in containerized traffic, moving 4.6 million 20-foot equivalent container units in 2019, an increase of nearly 5.6 percent compared to the previous year.

"This record-breaking accomplishment is thanks to a dedicated team of professionals including GPA and the International Longshoremen's Association, our partners in trucking and rail, and those making important investments beyond our gates to accommodate growth. It's a testament to the trust our customers and stakeholders place in our ability to deliver reliable, on-time service, every day,” Lynch said.