The Georgia Ports Authority approved a $4.75 million project that will expand the Port of Savannah’s capacity for refrigerated container storage by 45 percent.
The project will consist of the fabrication and installation of 20 four-story steel-framed refrigerated container racks at Garden City Terminal’s Container Berth 8. The work is scheduled to be completed next September.
The GPA currently has 44 refrigerated container racks in service. Each rack powers 24 refrigerated containers. When complete, the new racks will allow the Port of Savannah to accommodate 1,536 containers with a total of 64 racks online.
The Port of Savannah moves more than 40 percent of U.S. containerized poultry — or 3 billion pounds annually. In the past five years, refrigerated container volume has increased 54 percent at the port. Savannah’s refrigerated containerized cargo was dominated by exports, 76 percent, in fiscal 2011 through last June. More than $804.5 million of containerized poultry was exported through Savannah in fiscal 2011, with the bulk of it going to Hong Kong.