The Development’s visit in May marked a new record for container movements for the Savannah port, and Savannah was one of three East Coast ports that received the mammoth vessel.
Savannah, Ga.: The Cosco Development, the largest container ship to ever call on an East Coast port, passes by the Westin Savannah Harbor resort en route to the Garden City Terminal on the Savannah River on Thursday, May 11, 2017. J. Scott Trubeyemail@example.com
April’s stats included 187,000 container lifts, the second-best month for the ports overall.
“What we’re really happy about is that figure is true organic growth,” said Griff Lynch, the ports’ executive director, citing container volume growth from larger ships passing through the expanded Panama Canal.
The container ship COSCO Development is guided under the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, Thursday morning, May 11, 2017, in Savannah, Ga, as the vessel sails up the Savannah River to the Port of Savannah. The ship is the largest vessel ever to call on the U.S. East Coast. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP)
The ports said total refrigerated cargo — including food stuffs such as poultry, peanuts and blueberries — increased 8.2 percent in April compared to the same month in 2016.
Automotive and machinery containers are up 3.5 percent through the first four months of 2017 compared to the same period a year ago.
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