Georgia Ports Authority

Griff Lynch

Griff Lynch

Executive Director

The Georgia Ports Authority’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs, strengthen industries, sustain communities and fortify families by relentlessly striving to accelerate global commerce.

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Big berths, expanded yards on the way at GPA

Container market demand is easing, however GPA is expanding capacity. Why build now?

The GPA has had a longtime investment philosophy of maintaining capacity at least 20 percent over current demand to ensure the free flow of cargo. Rapid growth had outpaced its construction schedule, so GPA expedited projects that it had planned to complete years into the future.
Despite an expected lull in cargo, Georgia Ports will continue to build additional service capacity to better handle the next influx in trade.

Can you describe the projects and how they help customers?

GPA is renovating Berth 1 at Garden City Terminal. When the project is completed in July, the port will be able to simultaneously serve four 16,000-TEU vessels, as well as three additional ships. The improved berth will add 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent container units of annual berth capacity. Eight new cranes will work the berth, among the largest such machines in North America. For customers, it will provide faster vessel service and better accommodate the big ships calling on Savannah.

The Authority is also transitioning the 200-acre Ocean Terminal in Savannah to an all-container facility. Rebuilding the docks will provide 2,800 feet of berth space, capable of serving two big ships simultaneously. Another eight cranes are destined for Ocean Terminal. Expanded gates and paving will allow for 1.5 million TEUs of annual container yard capacity. By 2026, these renovations will provide space for expanding trade and vessel operations.

Garden City Terminal West will deliver 90 acres of new storage, supported by 15 electric rubber-tired gantry cranes. This project will add 1 million TEUs of annual capacity, coming online in phases in 2023 and 2024. The added container space will ensure continued terminal fluidity as customers increase trade.

Construction is also under way for a cross-docking warehouse on another 90 acres upriver of Garden City Terminal. By July, the facility will allow customers to move goods from shipping containers to over-the-road trailers to allow for faster, more efficient delivery to stores and warehouses.

What is your message to potential customers considering a move to Georgia in 2023?

GPA’s supply chain network puts 44 percent of the U.S. population within two days’ reach of Savannah. As the most westerly East Coast port, Savannah provides unmatched speed to market, and the broadest global shipping network in the Mid- and South Atlantic. Our expansion will double Savannah’s capacity to serve big ships, while maintaining cargo fluidity.

In addition to GPA’s growing infrastructure, private investors are adding nearly 20 million square feet of industrial space near the port—with 11.6 million of that in spec buildings. For current and potential customers, this means room to grow and opportunity to prosper here in Georgia.

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