By Kellie Lynch
May 2017 was an all-time record month for container volume for The Georgia Ports Authority, which handled 350,104 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an 11.68 % increase compared to the same month a year ago, or 35,619 additional TEUs. The increase was spurred by larger vessels and additional container services calling Georgia’s ports along with a positive economic forecast.
“It’s evident shipping lines are deploying larger vessels and cargo exchanges through the Panama Canal to Georgia’s ports,” GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch told AJOT. “This is a strong indicator that an important market share shift to Georgia is possible through recently restructured shipping services.”
Lynch said the recent calls of 13,000-plus TEU vessels - the COSCO Development and OOCL France - demonstrate the GPA’s ability to efficiently serve larger vessels. The strengths of Garden City’s terminal operation include an unmatched 1,200-acre complex, 26 ship-to-shore cranes, nine container berths and on-terminal service by two Class I rail providers.
ContainerPort Group is excited about the growth occurring in Georgia, and is ready to handle this increase in volume. Operating a trucking terminal conveniently located in Savannah (Garden City), CPG provides intermodal trucking, drayage, loaded container storage, and warehousing and distribution services for businesses moving cargo through Georgia’s port.