Griff Lynch, Executive Director for Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) recently announced at the 50th annual Georgia Foreign Trade Conference the strategic plan that will result in a 10 million twenty-foot equivalent container capacity for Georgia Port’s Garden City Terminal with the capacity also for more than 1 million machinery and automotive parts and 1 million rail lifts.
Mr. Lynch said, “Georgia is home to both the single largest container and roll-on/roll-off facilities in North America. Our goal is to maximize capacity, create jobs and reduce the impact on our local communities.”
The plan called GPA 2028 outlines the future development of the port, which includes installation 200 yard cranes, 42 ship to shore cranes and new RTG lanes for a significant intermodal expansion. A new inland terminal, GPAs second will soon open in Northwest Georgia and break ground at the Garden City Terminal for their Mega Rail Project.
Jimmy Allgood, Board Chairman for the Georgia Ports Authority stated, “We have come to an exciting turning point,” he further added, “Georgia’s business-friendly environment, led by Gov. Nathan Deal, coupled with statewide infrastructure investments, has set the stage for new business, new jobs and additional trade through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick.”
Trade through Georgia’s ports has grown from 2.8 million TEUs in 2010 to over 4 million TEUs in 2017, all this has been achieved while Governor Nathan Deal has been in office. Not only has TEU capacity been increased but also RoRo cargo which has seen a rise from 411,000 units to 640,000 per year with total cargo crossing all docks rising from 25 million tons to 35 million tons over the same seven-year period.
Dredging of Savannahs outer harbor is expected to be completed in March, this will represent 50% completion of the expansion project. As for the inner harbors, their projected completion date is 2021 after which Neo-Panamax vessels will be able to transport more cargo and with a more flexible schedule.
Mr. Lynch said, “With the project moving forward, the fiscal argument for the Savannah Harbor deepening grows stronger and stronger as more customers choose Georgia as a gateway to serve the Southeast, the ability for these ships to take on heavier export loads will mean greater efficiency and lower costs for American producers.”
The Georgia Ports Authority adheres to three principles for success, space, infrastructure and connectivity. The GPA has opened five areas of land at their Savannah International Trade Park to accommodate the additional warehousing. The five areas will allow for up to 5 million m2 for distribution space.