The Port of Savannah reached a new milestone after they were able to load and unload more than 4 million shipping containers in 2015. This is due to the bigger cargo ships with growth reaching up to two digits. This is according to the Georgia Ports Authority. The milestone place Savannah as one of the four seaports in the United State to manage a large number of container units. This is an accomplishment which transport companies in Perth are hoping to handle in the near future.
Each of the four million containers is half of the standard size which is 40 feet. The number is the total between imports and exports in a year. The Port of Savannah is very busy that it was able to exceed the goal of four million containers in a single calendar year. There is an increase of 11 per cent in the number of containers in the port. The containers are made of huge metal boxes and used to ship different types of goods such as frozen chickens and consumer electronics.
According to port officials, the growth is mainly due to the big ships that started passing by the Panama Canal expansion during the summer of 2016.
The executive director of the seaports in Georgia operated by the state, Griff Lynch, said that they have been expecting growth but not this scale. Every time they have been waiting for things to slow down but it did not happen.
It was in 2014 when the Port of Savannah was able to surpass three million containers while the two million mark was reached eight years ago.
Officials of the Georgia Ports are hoping that the fast growth will encourage Washington to give them additional funding in order begin the project of deepening the shipping channel at the Savannah River. It spans 39 miles or equivalent to 63 kilometres beginning at the port until the Atlantic Ocean.
Barack Obama, the former president of the United States, and President Donald Trump have already sent a request for an additional $100 million to be given from the yearly federal budget in order for harbour project to be accomplished without delays. The Port of Savannah is planning to improve their operations and transport companies in Perth are following suit to increase their growth as well.