Georgia ports set container volume records in 2022

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled a record 5.9 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in 2022, an increase of 5 percent over 2021. The Port of Savannah achieved four of its top five months for container volume in 2022, with trade volumes peaking in August at an all-time high of 575,500 TEUs.

“It was a challenging year, but collaborative effort across Georgia’s supply chain ensured cargo movement remained fluid,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “I want to thank our board for approving new infrastructure that allowed us to handle more cargo. Our gratitude also goes out to GPA employees and our partners at Gateway International, the International Longshoremen’s Association, trucking and rail. Their long hours and dedication were key to our success.”

The Port of Savannah. Georgia Ports Authority photo

With the renovation of Berth 1 at Garden City Terminal to handle 16,000-plus-TEU vessels, the 90-acre Garden City Terminal West expansion and the transition of Ocean Terminal to an all-container facility, the Port of Savannah is set to increase annual capacity from 6 million to 7.5 million TEUs in 2023, and to 9 million by 2025.

In addition to record container cargo in 2022, GPA achieved a 16 percent increase in break-bulk tonnage to nearly 3.3 million tons last year, an improvement of 443,000 tons compared to 2021. In roll-on/roll-off cargo, Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick handled 651,101 units of autos and heavy machinery. Ocean Terminal in Savannah moved another 19,630 ro-ro units, for a total of 670,731, an increase of 0.4 percent.

Total tonnage crossing all GPA docks reached 42.4 million tons last year, an increase of about 2 percent or nearly 760,000 tons.

– Georgia Ports Authority

By Rich Miller