GPA handle record 2.4 million tonnes in April
14.1 percent increase in roll-on/roll-off cargo
Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled a record 2.4 million tonnes of cargo in April, up 4.7 percent over the same month last year.
“Our total tonnage makes April the highest volume month on record,” said GPA executive director Curtis Foltz.
“And with companies like Haier appliances, Kent bicycles and Pep Boys recently choosing the Port of Savannah, our drawing power for cargo is only getting stronger.”
Container volumes jumped four percent year-over-year to 258,951 TEU, while the handling of 57,709 auto and machinery units in April represented the GPA’s third highest month ever for roll-on, roll-off cargo. Since July 1st, Brunswick and Savannah have moved a total of 526,348 units – a 14.1 percent increase over the previous fiscal year to date.
Bulk cargo led tonnage growth, more than doubling last April’s performance to reach 253,908 tonnes, an increase of 133,693 tonnes or 111.2 percent. Liquid bulk was up 38.4 percent with significant increases in chemicals and vegetable oils.
Foltz also reported that four new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes are slated to arrive at Savannah’s Garden City Terminal during the second week of June. The new cranes will bring the total number of electric-powered STS cranes to 25 – nine post-Panamax and 16 super post-Panamax.