Port of Savannah

Port of Savannah

The Port of Savannah is a major United States of America seaport, located in Savannah, Georgia, just up the Savannah River from the Atlantic Ocean and is operated by the Georgia Ports Authority. It primarily competes with the nearby Port of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina to the northeast, and the Port of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida to the south. There is also a smaller Port of Brunswick located at Brunswick, Georgia.

Between 2000 and 2005 alone, the Port of Savannah was the fastest growing seaport in the United States with a compounded annual growth rate of 16.5 percent, while the national average was 9.7 percent.

The Port of Savannah had a record year in fiscal 2007, becoming the fourth-busiest and fastest-growing container terminal in the United States, the Georgia Ports Authority announced on July 30, 2007. [http://atlanta.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2007/07/30/daily6.html?surround=lfn] The Georgia Ports Authority handled more than TEU|2.3 million|first=yes of container traffic during fiscal 2007 -- a 14.5% increase and a new record for containers handled at the Port of Savannah. In the past five years, container traffic has jumped 55% from TEU|1.5 million handled in fiscal 2003 to TEU|2.3 million in fiscal 2007.

Major Facilities

* Garden City Terminal: Owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority, the Garden City Terminal is a secured, dedicated container facility, the largest of its kind on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. The convert|1200|acre|km2|0|sing=on single-terminal facility features 9,693 feet (2,955 m) of continuous berthing and more than 1.3 million square feet (120,000 m²) of covered storage. The terminal is equipped with fifteen high-speed container cranes (4 super post-panamax & 11 post-panamax), as well as an extensive inventory of yard handling equipment.

* Ocean Terminal: Owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority, the Ocean Terminal is a secured, dedicated breakbulk facility specializing in the rapid and efficient handling of a vast array of forest and solid wood products, steel, RoRo (Roll-on / Roll-off), project shipments and heavy-lift cargoes. The convert|208|acre|km2|1|sing=on facility features 6,688 feet (2,039 m) of deepwater berthing, approximately 1.5 million square feet (140,000 m²) of covered storage and 96 acres (390,000 m²) of open, versatile storage.

* Target Corporation Facility: On September 21, 2005, Governor Sonny Perdue announced that Target Corporation has decided to build a two million square foot import warehouse at the Savannah River International Trade Park, four miles (6 km) from the Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah. The import warehouse opened on June 8, 2007 and handles overseas cargo and merchandise for Target Corporation's Southeast stores.

* IKEA Facility: On December 13, 2005, Governor Sonny Perdue and IKEA officials announced that IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishings retailer, will build a convert|1700000|sqft|m2|sing=on distribution center on convert|115|acre|km2|1 at the Savannah River International Trade Park, four miles (6 km) from the Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah. The first phase of the project consists of a convert|785000|sqft|m2|-2|sing=on facility, which IKEA anticipates will be operational by summer 2007. The company plans to expand the initial facility by approximately convert|975000|sqft|m2|-2 once the building is operational.

* Heineken USA Facility: Heineken USA will open a distribution center in early 2008 that will handle 4,000 containers a year moving from breweries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands to distributors in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. The facility will handle 7 million cases of Heineken and Amstel brand beverages every year.

Maersk Line

On April 10, 2007, Maersk Line reported that it has added the Port of Savannah to its MECL2 service. With the addition, Arlington, Va.-based Maersk Line now has five services calling on the Port of Savannah. The MECL2 service will increase Savannah's trade with India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. In 2006, Maersk Line and the Georgia Ports Authority signed a 20-year agreement making the Port of Savannah one of its primary ports of call in the South Atlantic. "In response to the needs of our customers, who have long sought a weekly U.S. direct service from Southern India, we are pleased to introduce this unique enhanced service to Savannah," a Maersk spokesperson said. "Our goal is to reduce transit time between the two destinations by as much as four days, while also providing expanded port coverage, optimal sailing frequency and unmatched schedule integrity." The MECL2 service provides direct service from Chennai/Madras, India, providing Southern India with a direct link to and from the United States. It also allows Chennai/Madras to act as transshipment hub for cargo to and from Visakhapatnam, Calcutta/Haldia, and Bangladesh. MECL2 also provides improved service reliability in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. "We appreciate Maersk Line's confidence in the Georgia Ports Authority's facilities and services by selecting Savannah as the MECL2 service's first port of call on the U.S. East Coast," said Doug J. Marchand, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority.

uez Express and East Coast Savannah Express

On June 5, 2007, the Georgia Ports Authority announced that it will soon have two new all-water services to the Port of Savannah, one via the Suez Canal and one via the Panama Canal. The weekly Suez Express (SZX), will provide increased capacity via Savannah to and from India and Southeast Asia, deploying eight vessels. The SZX, which will originate in Singapore, calls on Colombo before Savannah then returns via Jebel Ali, Port Kelang and then Singapore. It will take just 25 days for the SZX service to transit from Singapore to Savannah. The weekly East Coast Savannah Express (ESX), will provide increased capacity between South and Central China and Savannah. The ESX will offer a transit time of just 22 days from Hong Kong to Savannah making this service the fastest available to the U.S. East Coast. The ESX will originate in Ningbo then call on Shanghai, Chiwan, Hong Kong, Panama and then Savannah, New York, Norfolk, Panama and back to Ningbo. "These new services are a direct result of the Georgia Ports Authority's successful efforts to stay ahead of the growth curve and invest in terminal improvements and expansion," said Doug J. Marchand, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. "The ability of South Atlantic ports to accommodate future growth both in terminal capacity and with nearby acreage for distribution centers is a very real issue for our customers. Savannah continues to be the nation's fastest growing container port."

External links

* [http://www.gaports.com/ Georgia Ports Authority]
* [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/savannah.htm Port of Savannah description] from GlobalSecurity.org

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