Four super-post-Panamax cranes that arrived at the Port of Savannah in June are now fully operational at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal.
“Our new cranes, coupled with the pending harbor deepening and superior road and rail connections beyond our gates, mean the Port of Savannah is poised to take advantage of the next evolution in global commerce,” said Curtis Foltz, GPA’s executive director, in a written statement.
The cranes, which can each lift up to 65 tons, were ordered from Konecranes in 2011 and arrived on a specialized vessel on June 5. The first of the new cranes went into service in August, with additional cranes coming online every few weeks. Today, the fourth new super-post-Panamax crane begins moving cargo.
“The four additional ship-to-shore cranes increase our fleet to 27, including nine post-Panamax and 16 super-post-Panamax cranes,” said Griff Lynch, chief operating officer. “Operating over 9,700 feet of contiguous berth space, the new equipment will mean even faster turn times for the vessels calling on Savannah – generating both time and cost savings for port customers.”
When the deeper Panama Canal opens in 2015, the average vessel calling on the U.S. East Coast is expected to shift from a capacity of 4,500 twenty-foot-equivalent units to approximately 9,000 TEUs.
“With on-terminal improvements such as these new ship-to-shore cranes and the state’s expansion of truck routes beyond our gates, Georgia is making the capacity improvements necessary to keep pace with global trade,” added Robert Jepson, GPA’s board chairman.