The Georgia Ports Authority announced Tuesday that it handled more than 350,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, last month, setting another record for containers handled in a single month.
The number is nearly 12 percent higher than the same month in 2016, when the port moved 313,485 containers.
“Our record-breaking performance in May with no congestion or operational issues has given our customers increased confidence in Georgia’s ports,” said GPA executive director Griff Lynch.
“This proves the GPA can simultaneously serve larger vessels and greater volumes while providing the excellent logistic solutions our customers have come to expect.”
In May, GPA’s Garden City Terminal welcomed the 13,000-TEU COSCO Development, the largest containership ever to call on the East Coast. That record was short-lived. It was broken June 1, when the slightly larger OOCL France arrived in port.
And that, said GPA board chairman Jiimmy Allgood, is just the beginning.
“The GPA’s continued on-terminal investment along with the state of Georgia’s off-terminal improvements will allow GPA to serve vessels well beyond 13,000 TEUs,” Allgood said.