The Port of Savannah recently announced they had broken a new TEU container units volume record for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The port saw a growth of 7.3% resulting in 4.5 million TEU’s being handled by the port, an increase of more than 305,000.

Governor, Brian Kemp said, “Our ports are firing on all cylinders, this success is a testament to the men and women who work throughout our entire supply chain and make a difference for Georgia and the nation every day. Because of their commitment, our factories, farms and logistics providers are creating opportunity and prosperity in every corner of our state.”

For the first time in history, the Georgia Ports Authority handled over 500,000 container lifts to rail, an increase of 72,000, or 16.6%. 20% of total containers were made up of 506,707 intermodal boxes, breaking another record.

Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman, Will McKnight said, “The Authority’s investment in the Mason Mega Rail project is coming just in time for our capacity to stay ahead of demand, ensuring the free flow of intermodal cargo, the first phase of the project will be complete this year, cutting rail transit time to Midwestern markets by 24 hours.”

The soon to be completed Mason Mega Rail project will double Savannah’s rail capacity and also create the largest on-terminal intermodal facility in North America. The project is approximately 35% complete and by 2021 is expected to handle 1 million containers each year.

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director, Griff Lynch said, “Our team on the terminal – GPA employees, the International Longshoremen’s Association, and our two Class 1 rail providers, CSX and Norfolk Southern – are moving more freight faster and more efficiently than ever before in our history, Rail cargo is expanding at twice the rate of our overall container trade, reducing congestion on our highways and increasing Georgia’s reach to a mid-American arc of cities, including Chicago, St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio.”