Georgia Port Records All-time Tonnage Highs
Monday, July 29, 2013

The Georgia Ports Authority marked record volumes for fiscal year 2013 in total tonnage, bulk cargo, total auto-machinery units, and freight moved by intermodal rail.

“Our deepwater ports provide vital support to our agricultural, forestry and manufacturing sectors,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Because American-made goods are able to reach the global market efficiently through Georgia’s ports, these products are more competitive in international trade. That’s good for jobs in Georgia and across the Southeast.”

GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz said record levels achieved across important business sectors in fiscal year 2013 are a testament to the superior service enjoyed by the customers of the GPA. “Whether by road, on-terminal rail links or by our 38 weekly global containership services, Georgia’s deepwater ports offer an unmatched gateway to international commerce for Southeast markets,” Foltz said.

In the year ending June 30, the GPA moved a record-setting 27.23 million tons of cargo across all terminals, for a 2.4 percent increase over FY2012. “Our overall tonnage increase has been fueled by the strength of U.S. exports and the GPA’s varied cargo spectrum,” Foltz said.

For the second year in a row, the GPA achieved a record total for auto and machinery units with an 11.7 percent improvement in FY2013, moving 636,942 units – an increase of 66,958. Volume improvements in FY2013 are thanks in part to business from new customers including Subaru and Toyota. Other factors include heavy machinery exports from companies like Caterpillar, contributing to a 127,830-ton increase in breakbulk tonnage at the Colonel’s Island terminal. The Port of Brunswick is the third busiest port in the U.S. for total roll-on/roll-off cargo, and the second busiest port for the import of such cargo.

Bulk cargo was up by 61.8 percent, or 964,392 tons, to reach 2.5 million tons. At East River in Brunswick, biofuels including wood pellets helped drive the terminal to a 151,896-ton bulk cargo improvement over FY2012 to reach 663,441 tons of bulk cargo moved through East River Terminal alone.

Measured in twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), the GPA’s throughput for FY2013 remained steady, for the second busiest year in GPA history, at 2.94 million TEUs. In fact, the last three months of the year were among the top 10 in GPA history.

Of the total container volume, a record number, 314,623 containers, were moved by rail. This constitutes a 4,600-container increase over FY2012, itself a record year.

“Significant momentum moving into FY2014, combined with exciting developments in GPA’s customer base and in the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project contribute to a powerful business outlook for Georgia’s ports,” said GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson

Maritime Reporter October 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

US Shipowner Creates Fund for Families of Missing El Faro Crew

The owners of the cargo ship El Faro that sank after it was trapped in the path of Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas last week announced the creation of a family

Coast Guard Foundation Raises $250,000 for Scholarships

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

Newport News Shipbuilding Converts to Natural Gas

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil, also known as Bunker C,

Bulk Carrier Trends

Commodity Surge Boosts World Equities; Dollar Falls

Major world stock markets were poised for their biggest weekly advance since 2011 on Friday, as greater investor appetite for riskier assets propelled gains in

Commodities See Biggest Price Jump in 3 Years

Commodities jumped on Friday, headed for their largest weekly gain in more than three years as base metals roared higher after Glencore pledged to slash zinc output

Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016

Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday.


Retailers Well Stocked as Holidays Approach

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers make final

Commodities See Biggest Price Jump in 3 Years

Commodities jumped on Friday, headed for their largest weekly gain in more than three years as base metals roared higher after Glencore pledged to slash zinc output

Chevron Cylinder Oil Gains NOL from Wärtsilä

Chevron Marine Lubricants’ 100BN cylinder oil, Taro Special HT 100 has received approval for its use in another engine range – products made by Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1597 sec (6 req/sec)