Savannah’s Garden City Terminal welcomes STS delivery

  • Four Konecranes’ super post-Panamax STS cranes arrive at GPA facility

Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal has this week welcomed the arrival of four giant super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

Designed by Finnish crane manufacture Konecranes and assembled in Nantong, China, the delivery of the new cranes brings the total number of electric-powered container cranes at the Savannah terminal to 25 – more than any other terminal in the US.

“These new super-post Panamax cranes further enhance the cargo handling efficiency at the fourth-busiest container terminal in the nation,” said GPA executive director Curtis Foltz.

“Combined with the largest single container terminal in North America and two Class I railroads on site, these cranes will make the customer experience even smoother.”

The arrival of the new super post-Panamax cranes fulfils an order the GPA placed with Konecranes in 2011. The crane purchase, along with the planned Savannah Harbour deepening, anticipates a move in the world fleet toward larger ships.

Port officials said the improvements to the Port of Savannah’s crane fleet demonstrate the GPA’s commitment to expand capacity, provide more opportunities for growth and greater flexibility to meet customer needs.

“Savannah leads the Southeast in containerized cargo,” said GPA chairman, Robert Jepson.

“These improvements to our landside infrastructure will complement the planned harbour deepening to ensure Savannah’s premier status in moving US exports to the global marketplace.”

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