The new facility will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs when fully developed. Phase I is projected to come online in 2025.
“The expansion at our deepwater ports in both Savannah and Brunswick is helping to fuel growth, and in turn investment, jobs and increased competitiveness on the global stage,” said GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight. “With the kind of investment and infrastructure development announced (Tuesday), Georgia’s ports will undoubtedly stay ahead of the curve and the competition.”
Though Lynch didn’t speak about the specific number of jobs, he mentioned an effort to expand the Authority’s Y.E.S. (Youth Learning Equipment and Safety) program. The program hires and trains high school graduates for equipment operator careers. Each year, GPA hopes to hire 50 recent graduates via the program.
Lynch also unveiled a new program, dubbed GET SET (Sustainability, Efficiency, Technology).
“The GET SET program is a competitive juried contest for college students in Georgia, in which they will be challenged to put forth innovative solutions to issues faced by the maritime logistics community,” Lynch said. “Students or student teams submitting winning entries will receive a cash prize totaling $25,000.”