The Georgia Ports Authority has commissioned the first of four new Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes at the Garden City Terminal, bringing its fleet to 23 and positioning it as having the most cranes of any US terminal, with three machines yet to come online.
Garden City Terminal will now add another crane every two weeks until late April, bringing the total number to 26 this year.
It includes 20 Neo-Panamax cranes and six Post-Panamax cranes. Port officials said another four Neo-Panamax cranes are on order and will be commissioned in 2018.
The growing crane fleet, working over nearly 10,000 contiguous feet of dock, will be able to handle more than 1,000 container moves per hour when all 30 cranes are in place.
In just over four hours, crews working at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal lifted the boom of ship-to-shore crane Savannah 34.
Designed by Konecranes of Finland, these enormous cranes can work the largest ships calling on the US East Coast:
Ed McCarthy, GPA Chief Operating Officer, said: “The improvements we're making to our terminal infrastructure demonstrate the GPA's commitment to expand capacity, providing more opportunities for growth and greater flexibility to meet customer needs.”
On Monday, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported to the GPA Board 14.4% growth in containerized trade for February.
McCarthy added: “Expanding our capabilities means we are able to grow along with our customers, and adjust to changes in the logistics marketplace, such as increasing vessel sizes.”
Georgia’s vast port complex holds the nation’s fourth busiest container terminal and second busiest autoport: