Georgia ports set new records
ATLANTA – Georgia ports moved a record 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent containers units during the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to a recent news release from the Georgia Port Authority.
That represented an increase of more than 500,000 TEUs over fiscal 2014, or 17 percent.
The ports of Savannah and Brunswick also set records for the year in total tonnage and roll-on/roll-off cargo, mostly cars moving into and out of the Colonel’s Island RoRo Facility in Brunswick.
Factors contributing to the ports’ record performance included a recovering U.S. economy, regional gateway shifts that increased demand at the Georgia ports and the diversion of cargo during a protracted dockworkers strike at West Coast ports, said Curtis Foltz, the authority’s executive director.
“Our people and our infrastructure rose to meet that demand flawlessly…while maintaining world-class customer service,” he said.
The total tonnage record of 31.69 million tons was up 7.8 percent over the previous fiscal year. Roll-on/roll-off cargo was up 1.9 percent, with Brunswick handling 680,427 of the 714,021 units.
Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.9 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2013.
Photo courtesy go the Georgia Port Authority
Source: Georgia Port Authority