Atlantic Intermodal Services

  • Savannah’s port volumes mean strong drayage demand

    Year-to-date inbound volumes into Savannah are up close to 10% through August, making it the fastest-growing import gateway into the U.S.

    Savannah is expanding along the water to handle larger vessels and is over the half-way mark on its $220 million intermodal rail project, the Mason Mega terminal. Along with those moves, Savannah is adding another eight lanes to its truck gates, bringing the total number of gates to 56.

    Jeff Banton, president of Atlantic Intermodal Service (AIS), said the gates are important for keeping up with truck volumes. He said Savannah saw a record-breaking 12,000 gate moves in one day in August.

    Construction of the Mason Mega Rail terminal has meant obstacles and detours for drivers in and around the port, particularly on Highway 25 where a new viaduct for road and rail traffic is being built. Despite the short-term pain, he said Savannah is “very trucker friendly.”

    “You think about what type of coordination is needed to make that work, it just points to good leadership at the port,” Banton said.  To read more, visit FreightWaves.

    Posted: October 2, 2019