The Port of Savannah breaks a record for volume, while a new service has been established at the Port of Pensacola.
Savannah set a record last year for annual cargo volume by increasing 11 percent to over 4 million 20-foot equivalent units.
“This is the first time we’ve handled more than 4 million TEUs in a 12-month period, which is an important milestone for Savannah,” said Griff Lynch, Georgia Ports Authority executive director, in a Georgia Ports Authority news release.
The complex is investing in a deepening project called the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, supported by state and federal funds as part of establishing itself as a regional cargo gateway.
With three dredges currently working in the Savannah River, the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
The port is set to break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal in early spring, which will double Garden City Terminal’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. That project should be finished by the end of 2020.
“What sets Savannah apart is its ability to grow capacity, increase cargo and do it in an efficient manner without congestion,” Georgia Ports Authority board chairman Jimmy Allgood said in the release.
Another project designed to increase capacity is a $3.5 million upgrade to four of the port’s ship-to-shore cranes. The port also received four Neopanamax cranes in November and is set to receive six more in 2020, for a total of 36 cranes.
Ocean Shipper Adds Route
World Direct Shipping is adding a service to Port of Pensacola, FL. It already has a regular ocean shipping route from Mexico to Port Manatee.
The new route, which started February 1st, includes weekly sailings from Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, to Pensacola. Another port in the northern region of Mexico’s Gulf Coast will be added.
“With Pensacola and Port Manatee, World Direct Shipping enhances its service network between Mexico and the Southeast United States,” Carlos Diaz, director of World Direct Shipping, in a news release.
Diaz said the Veracruz-Florida connections give more opportunities for exports through Pensacola from the Southeast U.S. Pensacola Port Director Amy Miller said the deal brings a new level of commerce to the port.
“Breaking into the container markets is a big deal for a smaller port like Pensacola,” she said in the release. “While large-scale container operations may be out of reach for us, we’ve always
known that there were smaller, niche container markets out there that made sense.”
The M/V Queen B, at 435 feet long, has the capacity for 657 twenty-foot equivalents. It is one of two ships on the Veracruz, Mexico, to Pensacola route.