Port of Savannah upgrades its loaded container storage

Port of Savannah upgrades its loaded container storage
Slowing demand means port users need space to put cargo

The Port of Savannah has opened a new space devoted to loaded container storage at its Garden City Terminal, offering customers an additional 400,000 teu handling capacity.

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has also recently added container slots totalling nearly 5,000 teu of space to its operation.

By mid-April, more than 6,000 teu of capacity will go into service for a total of 11,130 teu of container stacking space.

GPA executive director Griff Lynch: “With slowing demand related to the coronavirus, port users need space to stage their cargo until that demand returns.

“With these new container stack areas, Savannah is delivering the flexibility our containers need.”

Through these additions, the port will increase its annual capacity by 400,000 teu for a new total capacity of 6m teu.

Will McKnight, GPA board chairman said: “Our terminals continue to function with operational ease and efficiency.

“From time to time, spikes in demand occur because of new customer needs or other factors impacting the global supply chain. Through the authority’s steady investment in capacity, GPA is able to handle unexpected surges in container yard demand, whatever the cause.”

The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal is the largest single-operator container terminal in North America at 1,345 acres.

It offers nearly 10,000 ft of contiguous dock space and allows for greater scheduling flexibility for the 36 container ship services that call at the port.

Garden City Terminal also features on-terminal rail service from CSX and Norfolk Southern, three major truck gates and 50 truck lanes.