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Georgia's ports now fully operational after hurricane, Savannah ‘hit the hardest’ by storm

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Georgia's ports now fully operational after hurricane, Savannah ‘hit the hardest’ by storm

October 24, 2016 - 00:00
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The Savannah River channel reopened on October 12 for commercial traffic with 11 vessels transiting the channel by mid-afternoon.

"Georgia's ports are now fully operational which is a testament to the efforts of countless individuals to ensure our port customers experienced minimal impact," said Griff Lynch, Executive Director for the Georgia Ports Authority. By the end of the day, the Garden City Terminal was working nine vessels, moving nearly 800 containers per hour, with an anticipated 7,800 container moves for the day.

"Of all the ports affected by Hurricane Matthew, the Port of Savannah was hit the hardest," said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach, Marine Safety Unit Savannah Commander. "I know how vital the Port of Savannah is to the nation, and fully reopening the port was my top priority." Hundreds of GPA employees were on terminals in both Brunswick and Savannah the day after the storm restoring power, working with emergency responders and testing systems to ensure the safe return of thousands of port users.

As the largest single-terminal container facility in the US and more than 9,700 feet of contiguous berthing space and 22 ship-to-shore cranes, Savannah was able to quickly recover from the storm with minimal impact to the supply chain.