The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal has handled 129 containership calls in October, an increase of 26 per cent compared to October 2022.
Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) President and CEO Griff Lynch, said: “For the first time in two and a half years, all berths are open at Garden City Terminal for faster, more efficient cargo handling.
“We appreciate our customers’ patience during the renovation of Berth 1, and look forward to providing the world-class vessel service they have come to expect from GPA.”
The Port of Savannah reportedly handled 449,000 TEU in October, for its fourth-busiest October ever and a 5 per cent increase over the same month in 2019, the most recent year not affected by the pandemic.
GPA Board Chairman, Kent Fountain, stated: “Our infrastructure planning efforts will be realised with Berth 1’s opening and we now have ample berth capacity to handle demand. This timing is important for the holiday season and last-minute orders.”
Containers handled by rail increased by 9 per cent in October at Garden City Terminal, increasing by roughly 4,000 containers to 47,750. Rail freight at the Appalachian Regional Port increased by 22 per cent last month for a record October.
Since July, the Port of Savannah has handled 1.7 million TEU, a decline of 18 per cent or 382,580 TEU over the same period in FY2023, which witnessed some of the busiest months in GPA history.
GPA transported 67,500 units of vehicles and machinery in RoRo freight in October, a 5.8 per cent or 4,160 unit decrease from the same month previous year. GPA has processed 271,364 RoRo units so far this fiscal year, an increase of 17 per cent or 39,500 units.