CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Ports Authority celebrates the completion of the latest phase of its electric crane complex at the port.
The ports also honored Konecranes, the maker of most of the port equipment, for completion of its 1,000 gantry crane. The company's name is on most of the cranes at the port. Its electric-powered cranes reduce fuel use by more than 90 percent.
Five new electric cranes arrived at the port in August, bringing the total up to 146.
The Garden City Terminal now has more of those cranes than any other terminal in the country.
"The Georgia Ports actually purchased the first RTG from Coney. The 500th and now the 1,000th. So the amazing story is the first was in 1995. We were handling about 400,000 containers a year at that time. Here we are 20-years later, handling over 2,000,000," said Georgia Ports Executive Director Griff Lynch.
The electric crane fleet will grow by another 30 by 2018.