The Georgia Ports Authority on Monday agreed to an $86.5 million purchase of four new ship-to-shore cranes and 20 new rubber-tired gantry cranes, the authority said.
“Our continued infrastructure investments enable us to work larger vessels and provide faster service to our customers,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz in a statement. “With this latest update to our crane fleet, the Port of Savannah will add capacity and opportunity for future growth.”
The four new cranes should arrive in February of 2016, GPA said, bringing the number of super post-Panamax and post-Panamax cranes to 29.
GPA said the RTGs will arrive in shipments over the next two years, and all 20 will be able to convert to electric power as part of GPA's transition from diesel fuel, it said. With the new addition, the Port of Savannah will have 136 RTGs.
“An unparalleled fleet of 29 ship-to-shore cranes, when combined with the pending harbor deepening, on-terminal rail and direct access to Interstate 95 mean the Port of Savannah is truly the best option for conducting global trade with the Southeastern U.S.,” said GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson.
In other news, the state’s ports continued to see growth in April, with total tonnage up by 4.6 percent, or 111,386 tons, year-over-year, with 2.52 million tons of cargo moved during the month. In addition, GPA moved 266,930 TEUs in April.