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Georgia’s ports increase overall tonnage
New equipment and construction approved to help stimulate Georgia’s economyGeorgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Doug J. Marchand announced the GPA handled more than 2.2 million tons of cargo for all terminals in August, a 4.4% increase, or an additional 94,765 tons of cargo compared with the same period last year.
“The ports are proving that even in a challenging economy there are opportunities,” said Marchand. “In this case, the additional tonnage has everything to do with Georgia’s abundance of available exports.”
During the meeting of the Authority, the Board approved $21.9 million to purchase 11 new rubber-tired gantry container cranes and $2.5 million for new refrigerated container storage in Savannah. For Brunswick, the Authority approved $2.2 million to build 6,000 linear feet of additional storage track to support the increased volumes of both automobiles and grain arriving in unit train shipments.
“These new commitments are critical for the future of Georgia’s economic vitality and will help Georgians take advantage of new opportunities when the economy improves,” said Steve Green, Chairman of the GPA Board.
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