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Port of Savannah outlines 2024 expansion plans

Georgia Ports Authority will upgrade the Port of Savannah so that the east coast facility can simultaneously handle six 14,000 teu vessels by 2024.

The plan, revealed yesterday, is called the Big Berth/Big Ship program.

Savannah’s Garden City Terminal can currenty handle two 14,000 teu capacity vessels at the same time, increasing to three in the next couple of months.

“No other single container terminal in North America has the ability to expand berth capacity at this rate,” said Georgia Ports Authority executive director Griff Lynch while unveiling the new berths plan yesterday, which will also feature the purchase of 21 new gantry cranes.

Savannah has started 2019 in record-breaking fashion, notching up a 433,975 teu throughput last month, up 28% year-on-year.

Last September, the east coast port outlined plans to nearly double box volumes in the next 10 years.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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