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January 29, 2018 9:00 AM, EST

Georgia Ports Orders Eight Cranes for Savannah Intermodal Railyard Expansion

Port of Savannah Georgia Ports Authority

The Georgia Ports Authority has ordered eight rail-mounted gantry cranes from Konecranes as part of a recently started construction project to expand the Port of Savannah’s on-dock intermodal yard.

The Mason Mega Rail Port will double rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. CSX Corp. and Norfolk Southern Corp. operate trains out of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal.

Four of the cranes are due to be delivered in late 2019 and the others in late 2020 when the expanded intermodal yard is finished.

The port will also increase the number of working tracks from eight to 18.

“The Konecranes RMGs will play an integral role in our rail expansion, allowing the Port of Savannah to handle more containers by rail, with greater efficiency than ever before,” Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said.

The Port of Savannah had a record-breaking year in 2017, processing more than 4 million industry-standard 20-foot equivalent units, and more growth is expected in the coming years with Neopanamax vessels traveling through the Panama Canal.

“The Georgia Ports Authority has been an important customer for us since the early 1990s. This order is another vote of confidence in the productivity and reliability of our container cranes, which prove themselves in action at the Port of Savannah every day,” said Jussi Sarpio, Konecranes director of RMG cranes.