Special to SEGAZINE
Georgia’s busy seaports have continued to handle record cargo volumes in 2014 as the U.S. economy recovers, putting the Port of Savannah within close reach of a big milestone when the fiscal year ends next week, the Georgia Ports Authority’s chief executive said Monday.
Curtis Foltz, executive director the state agency that oversees the ports in Savannah and Brunswick, told the authority’s board of directors that the ports moved a combined 2.63 million tons of imports and exports in May. It’s the most freight Georgia’s ports have ever seen in a single month — edging the previous record 2.61 million tons reported in March.
The booming 2014 has Savannah on the verge of claiming another shattered record. The latest numbers show Savannah during the past 11 months handled more than 2.86 million cargo containers packed with everything from retail goods to frozen chickens. The Savannah port has never before surpassed 3 million containers in a single year. With fiscal 2014 wrapping up June 30, port officials say the milestone seems inevitable.
“We will exceed the 3 million mark for the first time,” Foltz said.