ATLANTA – The Ports Authority of Georgia handled a record 5.9 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo last calendar year, a 5 percent increase over 2021.
Container throughput at the Port of Savannah peaked in four of the first five months of the year, reaching an all-time high of 575,500 TEU.
“It’s been a challenging year, but Georgia’s supply chains are working together to keep goods moving,” said Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “I would like to thank our Board of Directors for approving new infrastructure that will allow us to handle more cargo.”
Port of Savannah’s throughput is expected to increase to 7.5 million TEU this year and 9 million TEU by 2025 due to the renovation of Garden City Terminal’s Berth 1, the 90-acre Garden City Terminal West expansion, and the transition of the Ocean Plan Containerized docks for full container facilities.
“We’re excited about the possibilities for the future,” Joel Wooten, chairman of the authority committee, said Tuesday. “We’re bringing to market faster vessel service, faster truck turnaround times and more room to grow our business.”
In addition to last year’s record container volumes, the Port Authority saw a 16% increase in breakbulk tonnage to nearly 3.3 million tons, an increase of 443,000 tons over 2021.
Brunswick’s Colonel Island Terminal handled 651,101 units of automobiles and heavy machinery, while Savannah’s Marine Terminal handled an additional 19,630 units of ro-ro equipment for a total of 670,731 units, up 0.4%.
Total tonnage passing through all Port Authority terminals reached 42.4 million last year, up about 2%.