April was the third month of congestion in the history of the Georgia Port Authority, with 495,782 twenty-foot units of containers in equivalent processed in the port of Savannah. Volumes also set record highs for April.

Container volumes rose 6.2% in April from the same period last year as retailers sought to replenish depleted stocks as well as making new orders to ensure product availability. The GPA said the activities contributed to the fact that the Garden City terminal now handles nearly every nine loaded containers in U.S. docks.

Since the beginning of fiscal year 2022 in July last year, GPA has handled 4.75 million containers, up 8% from the same period in 2020 and 2021.

“Our long-term infrastructure expansion program combined with the government’s ability as owner-operator to accelerate development schedules has allowed the port of Savannah to adapt to increased container volumes,” GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten said in an issue Tuesday. “Improved capacity at the terminal and inland vessels allows cargo to move through our docks without congestion.”

The GPA on Tuesday approved a number of capacity-improvement projects, including the replacement of a 50,000-square-foot cargo canopy at the Mayor’s Point terminal in Brunswick, Georgia, with a new 100,000-square-foot warehouse that can handle heavy loads.

GPA also provided updates on other projects:

  • Repair of container berth 1 at the Garden City terminal has been completed by more than 40%. These renovations will increase the annual berth capacity by 1.4 million TEU and will create an additional large berth for the vessel, which is serviced by new cranes. The planned completion date is June 2023.
  • It is expected that nine new electric gantry cranes with rubber tires will be commissioned in the spring of 2023.
  • The peak capacity project has added 900,000 TEU to the annual capacity of container sites at the Garden City terminal, and another 300,000 TEU is expected to appear online by July.
  • The first phase of the Garden City Terminal West project will add a 25-acre site adjacent to Route 21 of Georgia. Construction should be completed by mid-summer.

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