Peter T. Leach | Jun 27, 2011 3:40PM GMT
Container volume at the port of Savannah climbed by 10.1 percent in May from the same month last year, as the port handled 254,329 20-foot equivalent units, the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday.
The port’s loaded export container volume increased 16.7 percent compared with May 2010.
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“Carriers are repositioning empty containers into Savannah to support our robust export growth,” said Curtis J. Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. “Export volumes remain our dominant direction, outpacing imports 54 percent to 46 percent.”
The overall cargo tonnage handled by the ports of Savannah and Brunswick reached the second highest monthly volume ever in May with 2,352,302 tons, which was a 16.7-percent increase compared with May 2010.
“While the global economy continues its modest and fragile recovery, the GPA reported increases in all category groups,” Foltz said. “We anticipate a strong end to the fiscal year, reflecting record volumes and container throughput approaching 12 percent growth.”
Breakbulk cargo handled at Savannah’s Ocean Terminal was up 45.7 percent in May 2011 with 106,782 tons and a volume of 1,004,563 tons, which is an increase of 36.5 percent for the 2011 fiscal year-to-date, which ends June 30. This growth was due to growth in import/export machinery, export wood pulp and export automobiles, as well as global demand for iron/steel, lumber and machinery.
Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick handled 43,843 auto and machinery units in May, which yielded a 21.8-percent increase compared with May 2010 and the Authority’s highest monthly volume ever. Roll-on/roll-off volume at the facility has increased 43.6 percent for the 2011 fiscal year.
In other action Monday the GPA’s board re-elected Alec L. Poitevint, II to a second term as its chairman.
Other board members elected to one-year offices were Robert S. Jepson, Jr. as vice chairman and Roy H. Fickling as secretary and treasurer.