Savannah terminal expands reefer capacity
The Georgia Ports Authority said Wednesday it has increased its capacity for reefer containers at its Garden City Terminal with the completion of 10 new electrified refrigerated container racks.
The new racks bring to 44 the number of reefer racks at the Port of Savannah terminal, which can now accommodate 1,056 containers.
'The completion of these refrigerated container racks reduces diesel consumption and increases our capacity for cold-storage exports,' said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.
The authority said it has more than doubled its refrigerated cargo volume in last six years with an increase of 120 percent. In the past two years alone, volume has increased 19.8 percent.
'Before electrified refrigerated container racks were brought online in 2008, diesel generators were used to power refrigerated containers in tandem with wheeled parking spots with electrical hookups,' GPA said. 'Now, for every 10 racks placed into service, the GPA saves about 540,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually, which would have been used to power diesel generators. With a total of 44 racks online, the GPA avoids using more than 2.376 million gallons annually.'