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Ga. Ports Authority unveils new environmentally friendly cranes

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The second largest port on the east coast is getting a huge upgrade and helping the environment at the same time.

The Georgia Ports Authority unveiled four new cranes Friday morning. They are called electrified rubber gantry cranes and the electricity they produce reduces diesel fuel consumption by up to 95 percent.

"I'm proud to say that our team, our engineering team, working with our partners that have helped us supply this equipment did a lot of work, scanning the globe for this type of technology. We have been the first in the United States for many things and this is just another example of how committed we are for not only growing a business for Georgians but doing it in an environmentally responsible way," said Curtis Foltz, Port of Savannah executive director.

For every hour the new cranes run, they can generate 18 minutes of their own electricity. 

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