March 23 - Georgia Ports Authority's (GPA) Ocean Terminal in Savannah has handled a 166 tonne gas turbine - one of five heavy lift items in a shipment that also included 50 crates.

"We appreciate Mitsubishi's confidence in our heavylift capabilities," said GPA's executive director Curtis J. Foltz. "Our dedicated GPA team and our skilled ILA partners offer decades of experience handling breakbulk cargo of every description, as well as those with special requirements."

The large gas turbine (pictured below) being delivered was the unit used for long-term testing at the Mitsubishi T-Point facility in Takasago, Japan.

"Mitsubishi is excited to take delivery of the M501G here in Savannah," said Mitsubishi Power Systems senior vice president for Service and Manufacturing, Dave Walsh. "Through 10 years of testing, this unit has validated the original Mitsubishi design which is the basis of the most reliable and clean-burning industrial frame gas turbines in the world. Now it will provide continued value as a training tool for Mitsubishi factory and field service technicians and engineers far into the future. This is the value that separates Mitsubishi from our competitors."

This unit operated for more than 14 years at Mitsubishi's electric plant and has now been transferred to the newly established Savannah Machinery Works facility as a training platform for the growing employee workforce at the Pooler megasite. With its arrival at the Pooler facility, Mitsubishi is considering establishing a global training center for field service and technical personnel bringing more jobs and investment to the Savannah area.

"Our proactive approach walks customers through the process every step of the way," said GPA's director of Breakbulk and Bulk Operations Craig Kessler. "From pre-arrival meetings to post-delivery service reviews, our team anticipates issues and offers customers seamless cargo movement through Ocean Terminal."

Guy M. Turner provided a super trailer to haul the gas turbine. "With our depth of experience on large cargo projects and our commitment to have the necessary equipment and expert personnel to handle such a project, we were able to complete it safely and efficiently," said Guy M. Turner's regional manager Marvin Gross. "We could not have done so without the cooperation and partnership attitude of the folks at the GPA, John S James and SSA Cooper."

John S. James provided freight forwarding services, and stevedoring was managed by SSA Cooper.

"The Georgia Ports Authority has been a tremendous partner in our growth and start up," said Mitsubishi Power Systems general Manager of Savannah Machinery Works Steve Woodall. "The GPA's capabilities and support were a key factor in selecting the Pooler location for the Mitsubishi facility. Now, their responsiveness and flexibility have exceeded our expectations."