Georgia Ports Authority’s tonnage, volumes at all-time high

  • Cargo volumes across all terminals up 8.5% in August

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has reported record levels of container throughput, tonnage and intermodal moves for the month of August.

GPA executive director Curtis Foltz, who presented the results to the GPA board on Friday, said that they “are extremely pleased by the strength of our August performance”.

“Although we set new records in many categories during August, challenges remain in many of the global markets important to future trade volumes,” added Foltz.

Georgia’s ports saw tonnage grow 8.5 percent in August to 2.5 million tonnes, when compared to the same period last year, an increase of 196,674 tonnes. During the first two months of FY2014, the GPA moved 4.74 million tonnes of freight across its docks – a 4.8 percent rise over FY2013

GPA’s box traffic during August was up 3.8 percent to 280,873 TEU. Measured by containers, the GPA moved 156,979 units in August, 30,331 of which were moved by intermodal rail. The rail moves are up 3 percent over the same month in the previous year, when the GPA moved 29,455 intermodal containers.

“The record intermodal volumes are supported by economic and environmental benefits of rail transport,” Foltz said.

“Our strong partnerships with CSX and Norfolk Southern have increased our rail participation to over 19 percent of total throughput.

August saw 180,572 truck moves at the Garden City Terminal, another high for the Port of Savannah.

While it was not a record month for bulk cargo, the GPA still achieved significant growth in that sector. Over the four and a half week period, bulk cargo accounted for 188,872 tonnes, up 51,781 tonnes or 37.8 percent compared to August 2012. Fiscal year-to-date growth was even more dramatic, rising by 112,000 to reach 363,786 tonnes of bulk cargo for a 44.5 percent jump compared to the same period in 2012.

“As new and existing customers increase volumes moved through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick, our facilities continue to grow – not only in tonnage and TEUs, but also in their impact on the nation’s economy,” said GPA board chairman, Robert Jepson.

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