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Port of Savannah accelerating expansion amid cargo surge

A rail mounted gantry crane lifts a 40-foot shipping container and loads it onto a rail car at...
A rail mounted gantry crane lifts a 40-foot shipping container and loads it onto a rail car at the Georgia Ports Authority Mason Mega Rail Terminal, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Savannah, Ga. The Georgia Ports Authority has announced it has opened all 18 working tracks at its rail terminal increasing the port's intermodal capacity by more than 30 percent. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)(Stephen B. Morton | AP)
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 5:32 AM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Ports Authority is accelerating a $150 million expansion at the Port of Savannah amid surging cargo volumes that have kept ships waiting at sea.

The state agency’s board approved plans Monday to boost port capacity for cargo containers by 25% within six months. Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said more than a third of that new space should be available by January to help alleviate backlogs.

An economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic has sent U.S. seaports scrambling to keep up. The Port of Savannah saw its busiest month ever in October as more than 500,000 container units moved across its docks.

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