In the context of the chaos in the supply chain, port congestion continues to ferment. According to reports, the Port of Savannah, the third-largest container port in the United States, has recently had a serious cargo backlog. Nearly 80,000 containers have been backlogged at the port, which is 50% more than in the past.
At the same time, the time for ships to wait for unloading has been extended. Not long ago, THE alliance composed of Hapag-Lloyd, Yangming Shipping, ONE and HMM announced that it would jump from the port and will temporarily cancel the call of EC2 services in the Port of Savannah.
In the face of severe congestion, the Georgia Port Authority (GPA) announced that the new rail terminal in the Port of Savannah has been completed and will begin to clean up the backlog of containers.
GPA is currently operating 9 new rail tracks at the Mason Mega rail Terminal, which will increase rail capacity to and from the Port of Savannah by 30%.
Governor Brian P Kemp said: “This new Mason large railway terminal will go online at the best time and will help solve the problem of the influx of goods at the Port of Savannah. Increased railway capacity and new container storage areas inside and outside the terminal will be a solution. An important tool for Georgia and the nation’s supply chain issues."
Like many American ports, the Port of Savannah has been suffering from congestion due to record container throughput. According to GPA, in October of this year, the port of Savannah handled more than 500,000 TEU in a month for the first time, handling 504,350 TEU cargo, an increase of 8.7% from October 2020.
GPA said that the congestion in the Port of Savannah has been resolved, the time that containers are stacked at the terminal has been reduced by 60%, and the expansion of the Garden City terminal has helped reduce the number of ships waiting for berth by 40%.
This week, GPA will open the first yard for handling excess containers outside the terminal less than 5 miles from the port.
GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said: "We are building multiple inland points that will be connected to the Port of Savannah by truck or rail. At the same time, we are cooperating with CSX and Norfolk Southern to provide inland and off-terminal locations. In order to transport these long-detained imported goods out of the terminal. We believe that clearing the backlog of goods at the terminal will have a huge impact on importers and exporters."