01-08-2017

Georgia Ports Authority's container volume hits high of 3.85m TEU in FY2017

Georgia

THE Georgia Port Authority (GPA) handled an all-time high of 3.85 million TEU in its fiscal year 2017, which ended on June 30, representing an increase of 6.7 per cent over FY2016. Container throughput in June also set a new record, up 17 per cent at 337,710 TEU.

A record total of 33.4 million tonnes of cargo moved across the GPA's terminals, up 8.3 per cent year on year, reported American Shipper.

The increase in container volumes has led the GPA board to approve a US$72.75 million purchase of six more Neopanamax ship-to-shore cranes. The cranes are scheduled for delivery in 2020, and are in addition to an earlier order of four cranes that will be operational in June 2018, said GPA.

GPA executive director Griff Lynch said: "Shipping lines are moving 13,000- and 14,000-TEU vessels into service on the east coast more quickly than anticipated, and concentrating their deliveries at efficient gateway ports like Savannah. This new crane purchase, along with the four already on order, will enable GPA to increase crane capacity by nearly 40 per cent."

Source: Schednet 

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