On Feb. 23, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced the arrival of four new super post-Panamax cranes at the Port of Savannah. The new cranes arrived aboard the Dockwise M/V Tern, a specially designed vessel capable of moving large, heavy structures. “The arrival of four new super post-Panamax cranes is an excellent example of Georgia’s commitment to expand capacity and provide superior services,” said GPA Executive Director Doug J. Marchand. “The new additions to our fleet will reduce operating costs, increase flexibility and efficiencies for our customers.” With the addition of today’s new cranes, Garden City Terminal now has the largest fleet (23) of ship-to-shore cranes at one facility in this country. The new cranes will be operational by mid-summer 2009. “Our efforts today will create opportunities to gain market share tomorrow,” said Marchand. “These preparations will ensure that when the economy does turn around, our rebound will be that much greater.” The cranes are part of the GPA’s long-term strategic growth plan to accommodate 6.5 million TEUs of capacity by 2018, doubling its current capacity, Marchand added. Fully assembled, the cranes are approximately 425 ft long, weigh 1,369 tons and rise 180 ft above the water with a 34-degree incline.
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has been awarded a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant. The $250k award will retrofit GPA-owned equipment with devices that reduce air emissions. “As an integral part of GPA’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, reducing consumption and emissions is a top priority,” said GPA’s Executive Director Doug J. Marchand.