Georgia Ports Authority hits record number of container units in August

Georgia Ports Authority hits record number of container units in August

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Business is surging again at the Port of Savannah after a months-long lag following record-smashing cargo volumes in 2015.

The Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday that our port moved more than 330,000 container units in August, which was a record for that month.

A total of 2.62 million tons of cargo moved through the port of Savannah and Brunswick last month, up 4.7 percent from last year. It was the third highest in the Authority's history, according to GA Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. April and May 2015 are the first and second highest.

"The Authority has started off the fiscal year on a strong footing, with positive year-over-year growth in both July and August," said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood.

Lynch says long-term growth will be enhanced by GPA's new initiative: Mid-American Arc plan. Lynch says a big part of the plan is a rail expansion at the Garden City terminal, to begin in March. The $128M million project will link Garden City Terminal's two rail yards.

The plan will be funded by a $44 million federal FASTLANE grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and $84 million of GPA capital internal funds.

Also announced at a meeting on Tuesday, an update on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Lynch says, "to date, approximately 25 percent of the SHEP entrance channel dredging has been completed."

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