Savannah TEUs up 14.5% in fiscal 2006-2007
The Georgia Ports Authority said Monday that the Port of Savannah set new fiscal year records for containers handled and total tonnage.
Savannah, the second-busiest container facility on the East Coast and fourth in the nation, handled 2.3 million TEUs in fiscal year 2006-2007, a 14.5 percent increase over the previous year, said GPA Chairman Stephen Green.
The Port of Brunswick also experienced significant gains, Green added, with the Colonel's Island terminal handling a record 1.2 million tons, a 10 percent increase over the previous year. The biggest gains came in bulk commodities, with 438,671 tons moving through the facility, a 41.1 percent increase over the previous year.
'Our 10-year strategic plan was developed in part to address the record growth of international trade in Georgia,' Green said. 'As we continue to move forward with our $1.2 billion capital investment program at Georgia's ports, the results of these investments are already beginning to be felt throughout the region. We are on track to triple our container capacity at the Port of Savannah and more than double the number of automobiles handled at the Port of Brunswick due to ongoing expansion programs.'
In the last 10 years, TEUs have increased from 697,259 in 1997 to 2.3 million this year, a 235 percent increase. In the past five years, intermodal lifts have grown from 99,858 in 2002 to 235,448 in 2007, a 136 percent increase.