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Savannah port sets out to double box throughput in the next 10 years

The port of Savannah on the US east coast has outlined a plan to nearly double box volumes in the next 10 years.

The fastest growing port in the US last year has reaped huge benefits from the widening of the Panama Canal, with latest figures showing 40% of boxes now coming to the Georgian destination originate from China.

Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, yesterday outlined a $2.5bn plan to grow the port that includes a new rail yard that will double the port’s capacity to move cargo by rail, new equipment purchases, berth improvements and off-terminal road additions.

“We’re preparing to redefine the port of Savannah as not simply the load center for the southeastern US, but as the port of choice for major inland markets east of the Mississippi River,” Lynch said.

Savannah moved a record 4.2m teu last year.

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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