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May's overall tonnage surges to second-best month ever for GPA

 

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May's overall tonnage surges to second-best month ever for GPA
By Mary Carr Mayle
Created 2011-06-28 00:18
 
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Overall tonnage for the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick reached the second highest monthly volume ever in May with 2.3 million tons, a 17-percent increase compared with May 2010.
 
Overall tonnage for the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick reached the second highest monthly volume ever in May with 2.3 million tons, a 17-percent increase compared with May 2010.
 
"While the global economy continues its modest and fragile recovery, GPA reported increases in all category groups," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz at Monday's board meeting. "We anticipate a strong end to the fiscal year, reflecting record volumes and container throughput approaching 12 percent growth."
 
Container volume remained strong with container traffic up 10.1 percent in May. Loaded exports increased 17 percent compared with May 2010.
 
"Carriers are repositioning empty containers into Savannah to support our robust export growth," Foltz said. "Export volumes remain our dominant direction, outpacing imports 54 percent to 46 percent." and machinery.
 
Ocean Terminal's breakbulk cargo was up nearly 46 percent in May 2011, with 106,782 tons and a fiscal-year-to-date volume of 1 million tons, a fiscal year-to-date increase of 37 percent. This growth was due to growth in import/export machinery, export wood pulp and export automobiles, Foltz said, as well as global demand for iron/steel, lumber
 
Colonel's Island Terminal in Brunswick handled 43,843 auto and machinery units in May, a 22-percent increase compared with the same month last year and GPA's highest monthly volume ever. Roll-on/roll-off volume at the facility has increased nearly 44 percent for the fiscal year, which ends June 30.
 
"Global demand for Georgia's products has been essential in helping our state weather the economic recession and will be critical in our region's growth," said GPA Board Chairman Alec L. Poitevint II. "Our balanced export-to-import ratio promotes efficiency and has helped to drive economic recovery throughout the state and the entire Southeast." 
 
BY THE NUMBERS
• Overall tonnage for May was 2.35 million tons, 16.7 percent higher than May 2010 and the second-best month on record.
• Container volume rose 10.1 percent in May, with 254,329 TEUs - or twenty-foot equivalent units - moved.
• Loaded export containers increased 16.7 percent in May.
• Export containers outpaced imports 54 percent to 46 percent for the month.
• Breakbulk cargo at Ocean Terminal was 106,782 tons in May, up 45.7 percent from the same month last year.
• Year-to-date breakbulk at Ocean Terminal was 1,004,563 tons, up 36.5 percent for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
• Colonel's Island Terminal in Brunswick handled 43,843 machinery units in May, an increase of 21.8 percent over May 2010 and GPA's highest monthly total ever.
• Roll-on/roll-off volume at Colonel's Island has increased 43.6 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30.
 
Source: Georgia Ports Authority
mary.mayle@savannahnow.com
 

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