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ISSUE 9 2019

Feature: Ro/Ro Optimism & Improvements p.12

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its busiest month ever for containerized trade in August, handling 437,750 twenty-foot equivalent container units. At the GPA Board meeting Tuesday, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported August volumes grew by 62,000 TEUs or 16.5 percent compared to the same month last year.

“We’re seeing an early and

strong start to peak season at the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “In addition to expanding trade on our regular weekly services, shipping lines are adding calls by sweeper ships to meet rising demand.” In August, GPA handled eight extra ships over its regular 37

weekly vessel calls, adding nearly 20,000 TEUs to the month’s volume. Lynch noted increased business through the Port of Savannah

is driving private

investment, but the industrial vacancy rate remains low. Of structures offering 100,000 square feet or more, the vacancy rate is 1.42 percent. “At GPA, we’re making a call

The Port of Savannah achieved an all-time high of 437,750 twenty-foot equivalent container units in August. (GPA/ Stephen B. Morton)

to action for private developers to enter or expand in this very active market,” said GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight. “Within a 30-mile radius of the Port of Savannah, there are more than 20,000 acres of industrial park space ready for development.” Over the past two years,

property that the Georgia Ports Authority put on the market within

its Savannah River

International Trade Park has been developed, adding 5 million square feet of distribution space for companies such as Shaw, Safavia, Wayfair and others. At its September meeting, the GPA Board approved $3.75 million in road improvement projects to avoid truck congestion at the

trade park. New construction in Fiscal Year

2019 added 10.7 million square feet of industrial space across the Savannah market, for a total of 67.7 million square feet. Thanks to the fastest net absorption as a percent of inventory in the nation, most of that new construction has already been occupied, according to Colliers International. In April, California-based

Plastic Express, in conjunction with Capital Development Partners, announced plans


invest $172 million in a new 2.4 million square-foot Savannah facility. The first phase of the rail- served location is scheduled to open for operation in November.

Delta Cargo: 1st US Passenger Airline to offer Door-to-Door Parcel Delivery

Shipping a parcel from your own front door could not be easier as Delta Cargo partners with Roadie, an Atlanta-based same-day delivery service, to launch DASH® Door-to-Door - an industry-first for a U.S. passenger airline. The 24/7 pick-up and delivery service, from your business or home, is now available from Atlanta to over 55 cities in the United States. The companies plan to expand the service to dozens more cities before the end of the year. DASH Door-to-Door pairs TSA-

approved drivers with air cargo to create the fastest cross-country door-to-door service available in the U.S., with competitive prices.

“The launch of DASH Door-to-

Door is a game changer for Delta Cargo, as anyone who needs to get a small parcel somewhere urgently can now have a same- day delivery, door-to-door service in the U.S., without having to travel to the airport,” said Matt Weisenburg, Delta’s Director – Cargo Strategy and Alliances. “We have been working with Roadie since 2015 on the passenger side of the business and have seen great customer satisfaction with the transparency and quality of the service. So, we wanted to continue this momentum and bring this innovative product offering to our cargo customers.”

Turkish Cargo keeps reinforcing its fleet with B777Fs p11

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In this Issue

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Transport & Warehousing p22 Terminal Stevedores p26 AA marks 75TH anni-

versary of 1st scheduled cargo flight p9


Port Manatee breaks fiscal year cargo rec ords again p10

+ our regular From the Editor p.4

Road & Rail Roundup p.7 Airfreight Roundup p.8 Shipping Roundup p.9

Environment Transport p.10

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