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.