In the world of logistics, Georgia offers both the ways and the means
I read an interesting article from Inbound Logistics, I hope you find it informative as well.
From port to rail to air to road, Georgia offers the logistics ways and means. With service from CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and nearly two dozen shortline railroad companies, Georgia features the most extensive rail system in the Southeast and serves as the region’s largest intermodal hub. If that were not enough, Georgia interstates connect to 80 percent of the U.S. population within a two-day truck drive.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport continues to see year-over-year gains in the volume of cargo traffic it supports. And Georgia’s seaports serve as magnets for international trade and investment.
The litany of Georgia’s logistics advantages is so long that one may argue the only challenge logistics providers face is trying to single out the state’s greatest logistics asset.
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A key component in all of these logistics assets is the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), which facilitates global trade through deepwater ports in Savannah and Brunswick.
“Our approach to continuous improvement can be summarized as the three Rs—river, rail, and roads,” says GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Savannah’s harbor deepening is now 50 percent complete and fully funded this year, and six neo-Panamax cranes will arrive within a year.
“By April, we will grow the Port of Savannah’s big ship berth capacity by 50 percent, and in five years we will have the ability to handle six 14,000-TEU vessels simultaneously,” he adds. “No other single container terminal in North America has the ability to expand berth capacity at this rate.”
To ensure cargo fluidity beyond the port’s gates, the Authority is building the Mason Mega Rail Terminal, which will double Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. This massive rail expansion is now 25 percent complete. And in August 2018, the GPA opened the Appalachian Regional Port, an intermodal facility serving northwest Georgia, northeast Alabama, and parts of Tennessee and Kentucky.
“Additionally, the Georgia Department of Transportation is extending a four-lane route from our main gate so that trucks that already have a direct link to Interstate 95 will also have expedited access to Interstate 16 for east-west service,” Lynch says.
Over the next five years, the Authority plans to add another 21 neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, replacing 14 of its older models to bring the total fleet to 37. Dock upgrades are already underway to support the new, larger machines.
The Savannah market is also seeing significant private development. Over the past 24 months, private investors have added 9 million square feet to bring Savannah’s total industrial real estate market to 60.6 million square feet. The rate of construction has since accelerated, with another 9.2 million square feet of industrial space currently under construction.