The Port of Savannah has the largest the largest crane fleet in of any single container terminal in North America after receiving three new Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.
The arrival means Savannah now has 36 cranes, adding to those it received in December 2019. The new fleet will undergo a commissioning process and become operational by the end of June 2020.
The acquisition is part of Savannah’s goal to build on its position as the premier hub for cargo in the US Southeast. By 2023 it wants to be able to serve four 14,000 TEU vessels at once.
“The decision to invest in these cranes was made two and a half years ago to meet growing cargo demands,” said Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Board Chairman Will McKnight.
“By adding new capacity on our docks, Savannah’s position as the Southeast’s cargo hub will continue to attract new customers, additional market share and new opportunities for growth.”
On the 16 March the GPA announced a series of new measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, including a travel suspension for port employees and a ban on non-essential port visits.