At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported a 16.6 percent calendar year to date increase in container volumes, as well as capital projects necessary for future growth.
The Port of Savannah has moved 2.55 million twenty-foot equivalent container units since the start of the calendar year, up 16.6 percent from the same period a year ago.
"The authority's policy of continuous reinvestment in port infrastructure has allowed Georgia's deep-water ports to accommodate unprecedented freight expansion," Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz said.
"Constant improvement in equipment and services helps Savannah maintain its position as the leading gateway to trade for the U.S. Southeast."
At its meeting on Monday, the GPA board approved spending $12.6 million for the third phase of Savannah's yard crane electrification. Reducing diesel consumption by 95 percent per crane, the electric cranes will make up 25 percent of the port's crane fleet by summer 2016.