Doug J. Marchand, the Georgia Ports Authority’s Executive Director, announced today a series of infrastructure improvements, new equipment purchases and additional personnel at the Port of Savannah.
‘In a continued effort to stay ahead of our record-breaking growth curve, I am pleased to announce several new improvements and additions that will allow the Port of Savannah to remain America’s fastest growing port,’ said Marchand.
GPA will add three additional interchange lanes at Garden City Terminal container Gates 3 and 4 and direct ‘bobtails’ to Gate 1. Saturday gates will continue to operate with an excellent opportunity to expand existing volume levels.
‘We’re growing and we are investing in people and equipment to expand capacity and service levels,’ said Marchand.
An immediate 20 percent increase in operating personnel, or 60 additional field personnel for assignment to Savannah’s Garden City Terminal container operations will be hired. Furthermore, the GPA has recently received additional Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs) that are currently being assembled; and, 30 additional acres of container storage were recently put into operation at the Garden City Terminal.
‘As Savannah’s volumes continue to surpass industry projections and shippers continue to target all water services via the Panama and Suez canals, the GPA is committed to serving an even larger share of the Southeastern population centers,’ said Marchand.