After reaching its busiest month on record for container trade and rolling freight, the Georgia Ports Authority has taken a milestone with its Mason Mega rail terminal.
The cars are now operating on the newly installed track connecting Chatham and Mason train stations to the Garden City terminal. The additional track increases storage capacity at the terminal by 35% and allows GPA to build more trains nearly 10,000 feet long at the terminal for both Class I, CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads. The Mason Mega Rail project is now over 75% complete.
“When completed, the Mason Mega Rail Terminal will not only double our rail lifting capacity to 2 million TEUs per year, but increase our reach in the heart of the country with more frequent, direct service and unmatched reliability,” said said GPA executive director Griff Lynch. “This expansion will also ensure the free flow of goods through our terminal and beyond our doors as Savannah does more business.”
GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight said welcoming new businesses is key to GPA’s core economic development mission – and one of the main reasons the Authority is growing. the capacity of the terminal.
“Our long-term infrastructure investments keep freight flowing as Savannah’s container trade increases,” McKnight said. “By improving our berthing for today’s larger vessels, expanding container storage and doubling our rail lift capacity, we are ensuring that GPA is ready when our customers are ready to expand. “
At GPA’s board meeting on November 30, Lynch reported that container volumes at the Port of Savannah reached a record high of 464,095 twenty-foot equivalent container units in October, up 35,714 TEUs. or 8.3% compared to the same month last year. The performance eclipsed the previous all-time record, set in August, of 441,600 TEUs. Savannah’s July-October trade totaled 1.68 million TEUs, an increase of 55,378, or 3.4% for the year to date.