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Portside: A&R Logistics, Georgia Ports to partner on Savannah resin exports

  • Ocean Terminal next to the Talmadge Bridge will be the location for a joint resin export operation by A&R Logistics and Georgia Ports (GPA Photo)
  • The market for recycled plastic pellets is growing, especially as an export. (GPA Photo)

A&R Logistics of Louisville, Ky., plans to open Savannah’s first export facility for plastic resins by the end of the year.

The project will establish a transportation and plastics packaging facility at the Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal to handle the anticipated significant increase in export plastic resins.

“Our collaboration with A&R is an incubation program to grow a business sector that offers major opportunities for Georgia’s ports,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Resin pellets, a byproduct of oil and natural gas refining, are used in the manufacture of plastic products.

According to data analysts at Petrochemical Update, four refineries totaling more than 5 million tons per year of resin capacity will start operations this year along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Another five new refineries are expected to go into operation before the end of 2019. Together, the nine projects will bring 10.3 million metric tons of additional resin capacity into the U.S. market.

“Approximately $50 billion is expected to be invested in the United States over the next 10 years by the plastics industry to expand production capacity,” said Dan Jaworski, A&R senior vice-president for sales and marketing.

“We are very pleased to partner with Georgia Ports Authority, one of the largest ports in the country, to offer an immediate solution to the shipper community.”

GPA chief commercial officer Cliff Pyron said the Port of Savannah is perfectly situated to take on the additional trade.

“With the most shipping services on the U.S. East Coast at 35 weekly calls, the Port of Savannah provides superior carrier capacity and greater scheduling flexibility,” Pyron said.

“Also, because of Georgia’s balanced import and export trade, manufacturers find better availability of empty export containers in Savannah.”

The Savannah market also offers off-terminal sites for handling resin exports that are rail-served, close to Interstates 95 and 16, and within minutes of Garden City Terminal.

On 2,000 acres contributed by the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority, another company, OmniTRAX, is investing in roadway, rail spur, and switching yard infrastructure around which developers will build what is anticipated to be unmatched resin packaging and shipping capacity.

The site offers access to two Class I railroads, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern.

At Morgan Lakes Industrial Park in Pooler, properties are served by short-line railroad Genesee &Wyoming, which provides access to both Norfolk Southern and CSX.

Another likely site for handling resins is at CenterPoint Intermodal Center, located just four miles from the main gate of the Port of Savannah on Highway 307, and within minutes of I-95 and I-16. CenterPoint is served by Norfolk Southern.

A&R Logistics, Inc. is a leading provider of dry-bulk transportation, packaging, distribution and logistics solutions to numerous multinational companies within the chemical and plastic industries. A&R provides a comprehensive suite of services including over-the-road transportation, trans-loading, packaging, warehousing and end-to-end outsourced transportation management through a nationwide network of 28 facilities, a combination of company-owned equipment and owner operators and a non-asset based transportation management division.

Senior business reporter Mary Carr Mayle covers the ports for the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow. She can be reached at 912-652-0324 or at mary.mayle@savannahnow.com.

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SHIPPING SCHEDULE

Following are the ships expected to call on Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City and Ocean terminals this week. Schedules are supplied by GPA and are subject to change.

Terminal Name ETA

GCT CMA CGM MELISANDE Today

GCT E. R. TIANPING Today

GCT MAERSK WILMINGTON Today

GCT SPIRIT OF TOKYO Today

GCT VENICE BRIDGE Today

GCT MAERSK PITTSBURGH Today

GCT MAERSK KURE Today

GCT MSC MAUREEN Today

GCT NILEDUTCH OSPREY Today

GCT OOCL FRANCE Today

OT STAR KIRKENES Today

GCT BUDAPEST BRIDGE Saturday

GCT MIRO D Saturday

GCT MSC JUDITH Saturday

GCT OOCL EUROPE Saturday

OT MADRID TRADER Saturday

GCT NYK TERRA Sunday

GCT ST LOUIS EXPRESS Sunday

GCT APL MEXICO CITY Sunday

GCT MAERSK SARNIA Sunday

GCT MSC BRUXELLES Sunday

GCT MAIPO Sunday

OT MAPLE AMBITION Sunday

GCT NYK ORION Monday

GCT MOL MANEUVER Monday

GCT DOLPHIN II Monday

GCT KAETHE P Monday

GCT MAERSK HARTFORD Monday

GCT MSC CANBERRA Monday

OT TAMERLANE Monday

GCT CMA CGM FLORIDA Tuesday

GCT E. R. TOKYO Tuesday

GCT CONTI MAKALU Tuesday

GCT MSC KLEVEN Tuesday

OT FAUST Tuesday

GCT ASKLIPIOS Wednesday

GCT ZIM LUANDA Wednesday

GCT TAMMO Wednesday

GCT YM UTMOST Wednesday

GCT CHEMBULK BARCELONA Wednesday

GCT NYK ARTEMIS Thursday

GCT LISBON Thursday

GCT EVER LIFTING Thursday

GCT NYK METEOR Thursday

GCT MSC CHARLESTON Thursday

OT FREMANTLE HIGHWAY Thursday

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