February 24 - The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) achieved double-digit growth across all business sectors in January as well as a 26 percent increase in total tonnage.
Griff Lynch, GPA executive director, credited supply chain efficiencies for the record 3 million tons (2.7 million tonnes) of cargo moved in January, a year-on-year increase of 623,504 tons (565,633 tonnes).
At the Port of Brunswick, bulk cargo more than doubled to 235,802 tons (213,916 tonnes) in January, an increase of 125,998 tons (114,303 tonnes). Meanwhile, breakbulk cargo handled at Ocean Terminal in Savannah as well as at the Mayor's Point and Colonel's Island terminals in Brunswick grew by 17.7 percent to 211,575 tons (191,938 tonnes), an increase of 31,796 tons (28,845 tonnes).
Ro-ro trade improved by 7 percent, with 52,778 units of cars, trucks and tractors moving across GPA docks in January, an increase of 3,389 vehicles compared to last year.
Containerised trade saw a growth of 16.2 percent, with 331,468 teu crossing the docks at the Port of Savannah. Of that trade, loaded containers accounted for approximately 268,000 teu, a record for the port.
The increase in loaded containers contributed to a total of 2.57 million tons (2.33 million tonnes) of container tonnage for the month.