Colonial Terminals in Savannah has acquired 16.7 acres (6.6 ha) of land adjacent to an existing riverfront facility and a Norfolk Southern rail link, which will be repurposed for breakbulk handling.


Ryan Chandler, president of Colonial Terminals, said the project should stimulate the regrowth of business that had been lost in recent years with the conversion of Georgia Port Authority’s Ocean Terminal to focus on container trades.

The new facility should allow in excess of 1 million tonnes of throughput. Phase one of the project will see the construction of a wide-span berth and refurbishment of the existing warehouse facility. A second phase will include a new rail-served warehouse or outside storage complex. 

The berth is expected to be permitted in mid-July of 2023, with construction to commence shortly thereafter. The project is expected to be completed in late 2024 and cost more than USD100 million.