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Survey of 60 shippers, carriers, LSPs and brokers rated Savannah and Charleston as the top performing ports in the United States, while Oakland was received the worst scores in chassis availability and overall port performance.
The Georgia Ports Authority board approved expenditures of up to $12.6 million for the third phase of Savannah's yard crane electrification and a project to refurbish the concrete wharf at the Port of Brunswick's Mayor's Point Terminal at a meeting Monday.
Officials in the Chinese city are curbing the movement of petroleum and other chemicals through the port while the investigation into last week's massive warehouse explosion continues.
Exports helped drive record throughput in September at the Port of Long Beach, but were the main reason the Port of Oakland experienced a 4.8 percent drop in container volumes.
The derailment of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude, which resulted in a fire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of area residents, was caused by a defect that was missed on two separate inspections, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
In a response to the ITF recommendations, the International Chamber of Shipping said it prefers a fuel levy, rather than an emissions trading scheme, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.