At today’s Georgia Foreign Trade Conference, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director, Griff Lynch, announced that Savannah’s outer harbor dredging will be finished in March, bringing the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) to 50 percent completion.
Deepening the inner harbor should be complete by late 2021, allowing Neo-Panamax vessels to take on more cargo and transit the river with greater scheduling flexibility, according to the official announcement.
“With the project moving forward, the fiscal argument for the Savannah Harbor deepening grows stronger and stronger as more customers choose Georgia as a gateway to serve the Southeast,” Lynch said.
“The ability for these ships to take on heavier export loads will mean greater efficiency and lower costs for American producers.”
Lynch also provided an overview of GPA’s 2028 Plan that calls for 42 ship-to-shore cranes, 200 yard cranes, new RTG lanes and significant intermodal expansion in Savannah.
The GPA will soon open its second inland terminal in Northwest Georgia and break ground on the Mason Mega Rail project at Garden City Terminal.
Combined, both intermodal projects will open new markets while significantly reducing rail crossings and over the road freight through Savannah, Atlanta and beyond.