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Savannah containers up 12pc


The Georgia Ports Authority achieved a 12 per cent year-on-year increase in container volume through the Port of Savannah in September, along with a 37.6 per cent rise in roll-on/roll-off trade at the Port of Brunswick, according to Shipping Gazette.
"We anticipate growth to continue toward a strong fourth quarter of the calendar year as customers build inventory for the peak buying season," said GPA executive director Griff Lynch.
Marking 23 consecutive months of growth, the Port of Savannah handled 364,090 TEU last month, an increase of nearly 39,000 TEU over September 2017.
The GPA ended the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019 (July-September) with 1.1 million TEU handled. The performance was good for 10.8 per cent growth (109,164 TEUs) compared to the first quarter of FY2018.
At the Port of Brunswick, automotive and heavy equipment units increased by 13,811 in September for a total of 50,515 units.
Said GPA chairman Jimmy All good: "From exports to imports, autos and machinery units to containers, our ports are firing on all cylinders."
Cargo moving by rail at the 1,200-acre Garden City Terminal continues to outpace Savannah's overall TEU growth, expanding by 35 per cent in September and 30 per cent for the fiscal year to date, on volumes of 41,183 and 131,819 containers, respectively.
To take on more rail business, the GPA has started construction on what will become the largest on-terminal rail facility for a port in North America. The Mason Mega Rail Terminal will start to come online in 2019, with full completion in 2020.
Able to accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains, the rail yard will help increase Savannah's intermodal market by making direct service over longer distances more cost effective for rail providers Norfolk Southern and CSX.

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