GPA starts 2024 with slight volume increase

GPA January rail cargo surges 30 per cent

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled 428,000 TEU in January, an increase of 6,300 containers, or 1.5 per cent compared to the same month last year.

Cargo handled by rail at the Port of Savannah reached 47,132 containers in January, representing a 27 per cent increase of 10,000 boxes.

GPA President and CEO Griff Lynch, said: “Customers 250 miles inland and greater are tapping Savannah as their port of choice for agricultural exports, manufacturing components and retail goods.

“The investments we’ve made in rail capacity have not only increased the number of containers the Port of Savannah can handle each year, but extended our reach to new markets that can be served effectively by Garden City Terminal.”

GPA put the finishing touches on its $220 million Mason Mega Rail project last year, providing 24 miles of on-terminal track.

Lynch added: “Areas such as Atlanta, Dallas and Memphis rely on the Port of Savannah to handle import and export goods with speed and efficiency. Our improved capacity means businesses across these important markets can grow their trade through Georgia.”

READ: Georgia Ports registers minor fall in container volumes

GPA Board Chairman, Kent Fountain, stated: “Our goal is to ensure GPA customers have the necessary port infrastructure capacity and supply chain connectivity to support their long-term growth ambitions in world markets. This is what drives our port master plan investments.”

GPA recently completed $1.9 billion in infrastructure improvements and anticipates investing $4.2 billion in the next 10 years.

READ: Port of Brunswick RoRo cargo up 61 per cent in September

In January, the Port of Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island Terminal handled 65,400 units of RoRo cargo.

Following a great performance last month with 51 RoRo vessel calls, GPA is on course to handle a record 800,000 vehicles in Fiscal Year 2024.

The port’s monthly average for RoRo freight for the fiscal year to date is 69,000 units, up from a monthly average of 60,400 units for the same period last fiscal year.

Recently, GPA announced plans to invest $29 million to build an overpass connecting Ocean Terminal to Route 17.

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