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Georgia Ports

Using best practices and innovations in technology, logistics, and operations, the Georgia Ports Authority is a key player in the global shipping industry. The ports serve as a vital gateway to distribute goods throughout the world, with the combined port-related operations producing more than 440,000 jobs and over $106 billion in revenue. 

Georgia boasts a world-class logistics industry that caters to the port community. The Center of Innovation for Logistics facilitates logistics solutions and improvement, with emphasis on technology, efficiency, and growth. Additionally, 85% of the best third-party logistics companies in the world operate here.

Located within a two-day drive of 70% of the U.S. population, the Georgia Ports provide fast, efficient distribution of cargo from around the world through the Savannah, Brunswick, and Inland Ports. 

Two deep-water terminals make up the Port of Savannah. Garden City Terminal is the fourth busiest U.S. facility for handling containers, while Ocean Terminal specializes in breakbulk cargo and offers Roll-on/Roll-off services. 

Savannah, the biggest container terminal in the U.S., enables shippers to get their goods to market faster than most ports thanks to infrastructure and its proximity to major cities like Atlanta and Memphis. Both I-95 and I-16 provide easy highway access, and the state continues to improve the highways, making transport easier. Class I rail service via CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern utilizes the area’s extensive rail network.

Harbor deepening projects ensure the Port of Savannah can keep up with the changing needs of newer vessels.

The Port of Brunswick consists of three deep-water terminals. Colonel’s Island Terminal dominates for auto and heavy machinery shipping. Mayor’s Point Terminal serves as a key point of departure for Georgia’s forest goods. Marine Port Terminal, managed by Logistec U.S.A., specializes in breakbulk and bulk commodities shipping. 

The three Inland Ports extend the impact of the Georgia Ports to better reach the prime markets in the Midwest and beyond. These port locations reduce transportation costs and delivery times by offering alternatives to trucking from the deep-water ports of Savannah and Brunswick. 

Appalachian Regional Port in Northwest Georgia is served by CSX Transportation via the rail system, and has convenient access to I-75 and US 411. 

Northeast Georgia Port, near Atlanta, is served by Norfolk Southern via the rails. It offers easy access to I-985 and is within 20 miles of I-85.

Bainbridge Terminal sits on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Waterway in Southwest Georgia, and processes bulk cargo transported there via barge. 

With the combination of three dynamic, modern ports, extensive supporting infrastructure, and a world-class logistics industry, the Georgia Ports are strategically positioned to deliver fast, efficient, and cost-effective shipping to vital markets around the world.

Did You Know | Fun Facts about the Ports

FACT: The Port of Savannah has 36 ship-to-shore cranes, the most of any single container terminal in North America.

Fact: At 1,345 acres, the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal is the largest single container terminal in the United States.

Fact: Savannah was the top port for exports in the US in August of 2020.

Located in Chatham County, the Port of Savannah is next to Effingham County.  

Gov. Kemp: Georgia Ports Mark Mega Rail Milestone

For Immediate Release

Friday, November 12, 2021

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Savannah, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that the Georgia Ports Authority has completed and is now operating the second set of nine new rail tracks for a total of 18 tracks at its Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The expansion immediately increases intermodal capacity to and from the Port of Savannah by more than 30 percent.

“The massive new Mason Mega Rail yard is coming online at the perfect time to help address the influx of cargo crossing the docks at the Port of Savannah,” said Governor Kemp. “The added rail capacity, along with new container storage on and off terminal, are already serving as important tools to resolve the supply chain issues for Georgia and the nation. What we are doing in Georgia is working, and I am proud that we’re helping identify solutions for hardworking Georgians and Americans.”

Since Sept. 1, GPA has seen a 60 percent reduction in the amount of time containers are on terminal, as major retailers have begun moving cargo off-terminal at a faster pace. The improved flow of cargo and additional space at Garden City Terminal has allowed the Port of Savannah to expedite vessel service, reducing the number of ships waiting at anchor by 40 percent.

In addition, GPA and its two Class I rail providers are working in tandem to open temporary container yards to expedite cargo flow at the Port of Savannah. As soon as Monday, the GPA will open its first off-terminal overflow container yard less than five miles from the port.

“We’re setting up multiple inland locations that will be connected via truck or rail to the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We’re working with both CSX and Norfolk Southern to provide inland and off-dock locations to move these long-dwell imports off the facility. We think this will make a huge difference for both importers and exporters as we clear out our yard.”

GPA’s South Atlantic Supply Chain Relief Program is funded in part by reallocated federal dollars. The effort will begin with Norfolk Southern’s Dillard Yard in Garden City and the CSX Hulsey Yard, in Southeast Atlanta.

“This is the relief we needed in order to regain terminal efficiency and speed up vessel service,” said GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten. “By reclaiming this space on terminal, we can begin to reduce the backlog of vessels at anchor. This groundbreaking partnership between cargo owners and logistics providers should serve as a model for the entire nation as we work to address supply chain challenges.”

Also on Friday, GPA announced it had, for the first time in its history, handled more than 500,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in a single month. “We couldn’t be moving a half-million TEUs per month without the combined effort of GPA employees, the International Longshoremen’s Association, and the cargo owners who are clearing containers,” said Lynch.

The Port of Savannah handled 504,350 TEUs in October, an increase of 8.7 percent or 40,250 TEUs over October 2020. The performance surpassed GPA’s previous all-time record of 498,000 TEUs set in March.

Starting Dec. 1, GPA’s Peak Capacity project begins coming online in phases, delivering 820,000 TEUs of additional annual capacity by March 2022. Another 18 acres now under development will add 400,000 TEUs of capacity by July, for a total of 1.2 million TEUs of additional space. GPA is also building a new big ship berth at Garden City Terminal to accommodate additional 16,000-TEU vessels.

Press Contacts

Katie Byrd – Press Secretary

Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp

katie.byrd@georgia.gov

Emily Flower – Deputy Press Secretary

Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp

emily.flower@georgia.gov

Robert Morris – Chief Communications Officer

Georgia Ports Authority

RMORRIS@gaports.com

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