Construction begins on Savannah box berth

Construction begins on Savannah box berth

The Georgia Ports Authority began construction today on a new container berth at the Port of Savannah, that, when completed in two years, will feature over 9,800 of berthing space, making it the largest dock and terminal container facility on the East and Gulf Coasts.

The construction of Container Berth 8 will begin with two major projects. The first, which the GPA Board of Directors recently authorized expenditures of up to $2.4 million for, is to demolish an abandoned dock at the site and dredge the ship berthing area. This work will be performed by Norfolk Dredging Company.

The second project, which the GPA Board of Directors recently authorized expenditures of up to $20.5 million for, includes the construction of a 1,672 foot long, pile-supported concrete dock. Misener Marine Construction has been retained for this project.

"First thing this morning, workers began mobilizing to prepare the site and drive piles for the new dock of this major new project for Georgia's ports," said Doug Marchand, Georgia Ports Authority executive director. "CB-8 will increase capacity at the Port of Savannah by 20 percent, create an additional 10,800 jobs for Georgia and more than $240 million in direct and indirect wages for Georgia workers."

Marchand also announced that for calendar year 2003, 1,521,206 TEUs were shipped through GPA facilities, representing a 14.6 percent gain over 2002.

For the July-December 2003 period, 773,322 TEUS moved through the Port of Savannah, 15,831 more containers than at this time last fiscal year, or a 2.1 percent increase.

The GPA also announced that their board of directors approved two contracts worth $819,000 for security improvements.

The contracts will include terminal lighting upgrades, the installation of pole-mounted lights, and the supporting infrastructure of a planned intrusion detection system for both the Port of Savannah and the Port of Brunswick.

The two contracts will be funded through $1.5 million in port security grants from the Department of Homeland Security.