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GA - Georgia Ports Authority approves $205m for expansion of Savannah Port

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the US has sanctioned nearly $205m to expand the container capacity of Port of Savannah by 20%.

September 19, 2018

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the US has sanctioned nearly $205m to expand the container capacity of Port of Savannah by 20%.

The board approved a terminal development project, called Peak Capacity, which will create 2,100 new grounded container slots.

The Peak Capacity project will witness the addition of 650,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) of annual container yard capacity.

This project will be implemented in two phases, with the first phase commencing in September.

GPA executive director Griff Lynch said: “Right now, we are moving container volumes that we did not expect to see for another four years. Our employees are working very hard to ensure we continue to provide our customers with world-class service. Additionally, we are expediting capacity projects that will increase the speed and fluidity of cargo handling at the Port of Savannah.”

GPA board chairman Will McKnight said: “Georgia’s container trade has experienced unprecedented growth over the past six months. This addition is among several that will address the needs of port users experiencing a sharp increase in demand, while also preparing Savannah to take on additional business over the long term.”

The board has also given its approval for the renovation and expansion of Garden City Terminal’s Berth 1.

The renovation is expected to increase the berth capacity by around one million TEUs per year by June 2023, increasing the terminal’s annual berth capacity to six million TEUs.

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