Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal has taken delivery of four ship-to-shore cranes worth $47 million to stay ahead of the growth curve, as two-thirds of the ships calling at the Port of Savannah are now Neo-Panamax vessels.
Georgia Port Authority, the ports’ operator, is also expecting the shipping lines to continue their shift toward larger vessels.
Neo-Panamax cranes are tall enough to lift containers 152 feet above the dock, and the booms reach out 192 feet from the dock face.
Lift capacity for each crane is 72 tons. With the booms up, the cranes are 412 feet tall.
The crane fleet operates over nearly 10,000 contiguous feet of dock and nine berth spaces.
Upon arrival, technicians must lift and secure the boom for each crane, and complete electrical attachments, mechanical alignments and testing before the cranes are put into use.
Four additional Neo-Panamax cranes sailed into the Port of Savannah on November 22, 2017.
Once commissioned, the new cranes will bring Savannah's fleet to 30 and with six additional cranes will arrive in 2020, so the entire fleet numbers 36.
When all the cranes are commissioned, they should allow the nation's largest single container facility to move nearly 1,300 containers per hour.
Alongside the planned Mason Mega Rail Terminal and other infrastructure improvements, the new cranes will double the Port of Savannah's annual rail lift capacity to 1 million container lifts, and expand the port's reach into the Midwest.
Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said: “To see these massive new cranes arrive flying the stars and stripes makes us proud to be part of an operation that provides jobs and opportunity for so many.”
GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said: “As the year draws to a close and we reflect on all the success we've enjoyed, we also look forward to the new era of prosperity these cranes will help usher in. Our considerable investments today ensure Georgia's ports reputation for excellence.”
Chief Operating Officer Ed McCarthy said: “These new cranes will prepare us for the next wave of growth for Georgia and the nation.”