2015 may have started, but we should always celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. The Georgia Ports Authority, which monitors the major ports in Georgia like the Port of Savannah, just announced that 2014 was a record year for them. In 2014, their ports saw a 7.4% increase in year-over-year tonnage including an increase in ocean containers. Thanks to the help of carriers and freight forwarders, they saw tremendous growth in the past year. They hope to continue their success into 2015 and beyond.
The increase tonnage is a result of the overall increase of the containers and breakbulk throughout their ports. While there have been numerous types of cargo transported there and endless commodities, a major reason for the tonnage increase is because of their expanded RO/RO (Roll-On/Roll-Off) service. And the big commodity transported on their RO/RO service is construction equipment. For example, the Georgia Ports of Authority saw a record of 68,000 vehicle units, including heavy machinery, during December 2014. This was a 20% year-over-year increase. Between all of the ports there, it was perhaps the Port of Brunswick who witnessed the biggest increase in construction equipment shipping, with over 688,000 vehicles transported there in 2014.
It makes perfect sense for an abundance of construction equipment to move through the Georgia Ports Authority. In 2015, the Port of Savannah will undergo a widening project and heavy machinery items are needed there. That is why companies should receive a heavy machinery shipping quote and send equipment there when they are needed.