Original news was published 28 July, 2018
Total cargo crossing all Georgia Ports Authority docks grew by 8 percent, or 2.6 million tons, in fiscal year 2018 to reach a record 36 million tons of containerized, breakbulk and bulk cargoes.
Machinery, as well as commodities such as rubber and paper, pushed the breakbulk total at Savannah’s Ocean Terminal to 1.35 million tons, up 10 percent or 122,305 tons compared to fiscal year 2017.
Forest products at Mayor’s Point Terminal in Brunswick increased by 34.5 percent, up 35,953 tons, for a total of 138,653 tons, for the fiscal year ending June 30.
Containerized traffic increased 8.4 percent to 4.2 million 20-foot equivalent units. The port authority capped its fiscal year with the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year growth.
In addition, intermodal rail lifts surged to 435,000, an increase of 16.1 percent, or more than 60,000 additional moves, another record for the GPA.
The port authority board approved construction of an $8.8 million overpass, part of the $127 million Mason Mega Rail project that, upon completion, will allow 10,000-foot unit trains to be built on terminal, helping increase Savannah’s annual rail lift capacity to 1 million containers by 2020.
In August, the GPA will open its Appalachian Regional Port, an inland rail terminal it says will remove 50,000 trucks off Georgia highways.