Savannah's Intermodal Volumes Approach Record Levels Signaling Further Economic Recovery
Savannah, GA - February 16, 2011 - Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced today the GPA experienced exceptional intermodal growth in January 2011, posting the second best month ever with 25,877 rail moves.
“The Port of Savannah continues to provide the best option for moving cargo with its single-terminal campus featuring two on-terminal intermodal container transfer facilities,” said Foltz. “As the Southeastern port of choice for retail distribution centers, Savannah offers efficient operations and cost savings to 44 percent of the U.S. population.”
Container volume gains continued in January with 132,257 containers or 237,004 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), which yielded a fiscal year-to-date increase of 14.3 percent and 13.3 percent respectively. Container tonnage posted the third best month ever with 1,887,179 tons. More than 200 vessels called on the Port of Savannah in January 2011, which was an increase of 20 percent compared with January 2010.
“Savannah offers customer flexibility through service network diversity offering 43 weekly vessel calls, advanced technology, continued investment in infrastructure expansion and statewide legislative support,” said Foltz. “Garden City’s terminal provides one-stop access to cargo, along with immediate uncongested access to major east/west and north/south interstates.”
Breakbulk tonnage for the ports of Savannah and Brunswick totaled 171,761 tons, which is an increase of 43 percent compared with January 2010. At the Port of Brunswick, auto and machinery units practically doubled compared with January 2010, moving 37,313 units in January 2011.
“Accommodating recent increases in volume without impacts on our world-class speed and efficiency levels is due to the hard working men and women on our terminal, but also to the strategic infrastructure upgrades,” said GPA Chairman of the Board Alec L. Poitevint. “As larger vessels continue to call on the Port of Savannah, the increased global demand for trade through our ports necessitates the efficiency and additional capacity of a deeper harbor.”
Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 295,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $15.5 billion in income, $61.7 billion in revenue and $2.6 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8.3 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2010.
For additional information, please contact Robert Morris, Director of External Affairs, at (912) 964-3855 or fax at (912) 964-3921. E-mail is available via firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the GPA web site at www.gaports.com.