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Georgia ports to see massive capacity expansion over next decade


The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) plans to expand its ports' container handling capacity to 10 million TEU, rail lift capacity to one million and be able to handle one million auto and machinery units by 2028, according to Shipping Gazette.
Unveiling the GPA's strategic 10-year plan at the 50th annual Georgia Foreign Trade Conference, executive director Griff Lynch said: "Georgia is home to both the single largest container and roll-on/roll-off facilities in North America. Our goal is to maximise capacity, create jobs and reduce impact on our local communities."
The plan calls for 42 ship-to-shore cranes, 200 yard cranes, new rubber tyre gantry (RTG) lanes and significant intermodal expansion at the port of Savannah.
The GPA will soon open its second inland terminal in northwest Georgia and break ground on the Mason Mega Rail project at Garden City Terminal. Combined, both intermodal projects will open new markets and significantly reduce rail crossings and over the road freight through Savannah, Atlanta and beyond.
Since 2010 trade throughput Georgia's ports grew from 2.8 million TEU to four million TEU in 2017. Ro/ro cargo has expanded from 411,000 units per year to 640,000 units, and cargo crossing all docks has grown from 25 million tonnes to 35 million tonnes.
Mr Lynch announced that Savannah's outer harbour dredging will be finished in March, bringing the Savannah harbour expansion project to the half-way point. Deepening the inner harbour is due for completion by late 2021, allowing neo-panamax vessels to take on more cargo and transit the river with greater scheduling flexibility.
At the port of Brunswick, the GPA said it is well on its way to developing an annual capacity of 1.4 million vehicles. In the past year, the GPA has spent US$25 million to increase roll on/roll off space, and plans to spend another $20 million in the next 18 months to grow and attract additional auto business to Georgia.
To accommodate additional warehousing, the GPA has opened five parcels of land at its Savannah International Trade Park for private development. Only five miles from the Garden City Terminal, the site is quickly expanding to add up to five million square feet of distribution space on five 100-acre parcels of land.

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