The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) closes fiscal year 2022 (FY2022) with its busiest June ever. Additionally, Port Everglades sets freight records in May/June and ITS Logistics expands operations in the Midwest.
GPA announced on July 26 that fiscal year 2022 was another “record” with container volumes growing by 8% to a total of 5.76 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs). Additionally, the Port of Savannah ended the year with a record June, handling 494,107 TEUs of total cargo, up 10.6%, or 47,300 TEUs, from June 2021. According to the Authority , GPA “handles the largest volume of ad hoc cargo and new service vessels the Port of Savannah has ever seen.
“As the hub of a global network of road, rail and sea connections, our ports connect Georgian businesses to international trade routes and open the doors to prosperity for our state and our nation,” said the Governor of Georgia. , Brian Kemp. “GPA and its logistics industry partners are powerful engines for local economies throughout Peach State, from small communities to our thriving urban centers. »
In addition to organic growth from its port customers, according to GPA, Savannah’s trade has also been “boosted by West Coast labor negotiations and delayed access to rail at coast ports. west, which has led to a significant change in ship calls”. Savannah also receives diverted containers from the Port of Charleston. Uncertainty surrounding labor negotiations, unprecedented and unscheduled ship calls, record cargo volume and ship diversions to Savannah have contributed to a higher than normal number of ships waiting at anchor, according to GPA .
“Despite record volumes, the Port of Savannah remains fluid,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Several factors have contributed to our growing container capacity, including accelerated infrastructure projects, our indoor pop-up yards and an influx of truck drivers moving southeast.”
GPA is experiencing record truck rotations during its day and night operations. The Garden City terminal recorded an average of 14,500 weekday truck movements in June, counting both inbound and outbound exchanges.
To better meet growing demand, GPA says it hired 166 new workers in FY2022, for a total of 1,647 direct employees.
Looking ahead, the GPA Board of Directors approved the $30.25 million purchase of 12 new rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and other container handling equipment at its regular meeting in July. The Port of Savannah already has 198 RTGs, and 24 more were already on order. Tuesday’s action will bring the fleet to 234 in Savannah, according to GPA.
“Growing our workforce and infrastructure is part of the board’s ongoing commitment to keep our deepwater terminals ready to accept new trade,” said the chairman of the board. from GPA, Joel Wooten. “Currently, we are expanding our dock space to accommodate additional large vessels and increasing our container storage space in Savannah, while simultaneously improving our automotive and general cargo moving capabilities in Brunswick.”
In fiscal year 2022, export loadings accounted for 1.32 million TEUs for GPA, while import loadings totaled 2.86 million. Major exports included forest products, kaolin, and automobile freight. Major import items included furniture, machinery and plastic products.
In addition to the increase in container trade, general cargo tonnage also saw strong growth in fiscal 2022, up 15.7% to more than three million tons, which is attributed to the “relatively lower cost of moving breakbulk cargo compared to container rates in today’s market,” Lynch said. . According to GPA, the Mayor’s Point terminal in Brunswick had a particularly strong performance, with bulk forest products growing from 52,244 tonnes in fiscal year 2021 to 252,000 tonnes in the year ended June 30.
Port Everglades, Florida announced on July 21 that it surpassed its record cargo volumes in May and June with new shipping services from India, Turkey and Greece.
“Unlike the downturn we typically experience at the end of our busy melon season, we peaked in May and June due to new Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) services from South Asia and the Mediterranean,” said Port Everglades General Manager and Harbor Director Jonathan Daniels. “We are on track to break our 2018 annual record.”
In May 2022, Port Everglades recorded 97,502 TEUs, up 4% from the port’s former record set in May 2015. Containerized cargo volumes jumped 5% in June 2022 from the former record set in June 2018, with 94,106 TEUs.
Capital improvements and expansions underway totaling $3 billion over the next 20 years at Port Everglades, located in Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood, Fla., and have direct access to the 43-acre Intermodal Container Transfer Facility of the Florida East Coast Railway, “will ensure that Port Everglades will continue to handle future growth in container traffic,” the port said.
ITS Logistics, which coordinates intermodal transportation, including rail services, as well as rail and port drayage services, announced on July 26 the expansion of its Midwest headquarters, investing $28 million in l Whitestown, Indiana location. The new facility includes two warehouses totaling nearly 600,000 square feet of distribution space.
Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, ITS’ distribution space on the West Coast totals more than 1.4 million square feet, and the Midwest expansion, according to ITS, allows the company to offer nationwide services. omnichannel delivery and fulfillment to 90% of the US population within two days.
Indiana, known as the “Crossroads of America”, ranks third in the nation with 41 freight railroads and has intermodal rail access on both the east and west coasts. Additionally, Indiana ranks first in the nation with 14 freeways and is home to the second largest FedEx hub.
The expansion also adds regional trucking operations, including dedicated contract services, drayage, line haul, expedited, storage and delivery trailers, rapid replenishment and haul, and special projects/relocations. ‘warehouse.
ITS says it plans to further expand service offerings in Indiana by expanding its campus to more than two million square feet with 350 ITS employees over the next two years. The company also plans to rapidly increase its fleet of trucks to reach a total of 65 tractors, more than 70 drivers and more than 200 trailers, by 2024.
“Expanding the Midwest has long been a growth priority for ITS, and we’ve been fortunate to build a great workforce in Whitestown in a short time,” said Ryan Martin, President of Assets at ITS Logistics. . “Our ability to distribute quickly across the country will allow us to further increase our level of service for our clients, providing innovative fulfillment solutions across distribution channels.”