Georgia Ports Authority OKs Savannah box project

Georgia Ports Authority OKs Savannah box project

The Georgia Ports Authority announced Monday that its Board of Directors approved three contracts worth $36 million for construction of container berth 8 at the Port of Savannah.

The new berth will expand the port's container capacity by 20 percent.

The scope of work for the three contracts includes the demolition of an abandoned dock structure, dredging, the construction of a 1,672-foot long pile supported concrete dock, and the design, manufacturing, construction and commissioning of two super post-Panamax cranes and two spreader bars. The project will cost $109 million, and will be completed in January, 2006.

The GPA also reported that Georgia's ports had moved 534,134 TEUs during the first four months of fiscal year 2004, an 8.5 increase, or 42,007 TEUs, from a year ago.

The agency reported that 5.3 million tons of cargo was shipped through its terminals during the first four months of fiscal 2004, a 5.8 percent increase from a year ago. This represents an increase in all cargo classifications, except breakbulk. Total bulk tonnage grew by 10.3 percent, to 838,605 tons. The total number of auto and machinery units also posted a gain of 1.3 percent, or 110,127 units handled. Breakbulk totaled 796,829 tons, down 0.4 percent from the previous year.