Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the US has unveiled a programme for the Port of Savannah to accommodate six 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels by 2024.

As part of the new Big Berth / Big Ship programme, Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal is expected to receive 21 new Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes.

Cranes will replace the terminal’s 14 ageing cranes and will bring the total fleet to 37.

GPA is currently upgrading the dock at the terminal to install the new, larger cranes.

Garden City Terminal is capable of handling two 14,000 TEU vessels at a time and by April that number is expected to increase to three.

GPA Board chairman Jimmy Allgood said: “A strong global economy coupled with a growing awareness of Savannah’s logistical advantages are driving sustained growth at our deepwater container terminal.

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“GPA’s Big Berth / Big Ship programme will ensure Georgia stays ahead of demand and ahead of the competition.”

“GPA’s Big Berth / Big Ship programme will ensure Georgia stays ahead of demand and ahead of the competition.”

The project will see the installation of 12 new rubber-tired gantry cranes at Garden City Terminal. Installation is set to bring the terminal’s total number of container handling cranes to 158.

Ten of the new RTGs are scheduled to be commissioned in July, followed by two other in September.

Among other upgrades, phase one of the Mason Mega Rail project at the Port of Savannah is scheduled to be complete in October.

Expected to be fully completed by next year, the project is anticipated to double the port’s rail lift capacity to one million containers per year.