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Record March box throughput at Savannah port


THE US port of Savannah experienced a record March after seeing 410,000 TEU pass through its gates, an increase of 15.5 per cent year on year, data from Georgia Ports Authority shows.
Rail volumes in March surged by 26 per cent to total 82,135 TEU. In addition, GPA achieved a record low dwell-time for intermodal boxes last month, with containers averaging 27 hours from vessel to outbound rail.
The Mason Mega Rail project, which will double the port of Savannah's rail lift capacity to one million containers per annum, is one-quarter complete. The first phase will come online by October 2019 and the second phase is due to become operational by December 2020.
"Our rail expansion will allow Garden City Terminal to accommodate additional 10,000-foot long unit trains and provide direct rail service to inland markets such as St Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati," said GPA chairman Jimmy Allgood. "By stepping up to the plate to bring on additional rail capacity, we are expanding the size and scope of Georgia's market reach."
Not only is the port of Savannah handling more rail cargo, it is moving the intermodal boxes faster than before. Within one year alone, the dwell time for such cargo was cut in half. For the fiscal year to date, the volume of containers moved by rail rose by 22 per cent, compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, to stand at 701,000 TEU.

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