Four Konecranes Super Post Panamax STS cranes are on their way to the Port of Savannah, Georgia, operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA).
The cranes are part of an order that Konecranes received in 2011. In addition to the four STS cranes, the order included 20 Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes that have already been delivered to the customer.
The Port of Savannah is the fastest growing container port in the US and the second-largest port on the American East Coast. Exports are driving growth at the port, which boasts a uniquely balanced export/import ratio. It handled 12% of all US containerized exports in 2012, a total of 1.6 million TEU.
The Super Post Panamax STS cranes currently en route have a lifting capacity of 66 tons and an outreach of 61 meters. Their design is identical to the STS cranes that Konecranes delivered to the GPA a few years ago; these have turned out to be among the most productive cranes in the US.
Port of Savannah expansion plans
Recently, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-1) strongly urged President Obama in a letter to fulfill his “We Can’t Wait” promise and include legislative language for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) authorization increase in his budget amendment to Congress.
Chambliss, Isakson and Kingston reminded the president that during his presidential campaign last July, he “illustrated understanding of the outstanding benefits this project provides.” The president listed the Port of Savannah as one of five “We Can’t Wait” projects.
“We are disappointed that your support for this vital project has seemingly waned this year,” the lawmakers continue. “With the forthcoming expansion of the Panama Canal, additional U.S. ports capable of receiving Post-Panamax ships are critical for the economic wellbeing and competitiveness of our nation. This is a vital project for Georgia, for the Southeast, and for the nation.”
Press Release, May 13, 2013