Senior Director of Corporate Communications
Georgia Ports Authority
P.O. Box 2406
Savannah, GA 31402 U.S.A.
GPA employs a combination of technology engine conversion to dramatically impact the use of energy within the port. Technology advancements have expedited cargo and made tracking streamlined and efficient. At every stage, cargo is kept moving using the least possible energy in the process. Cranes have been converted from diesel to electric power, more than 1.9 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.
GPA has purchased four electric rubber-tire gantry cranes in a pilot program to reduce fuel consumption. eRTGs use up to 95% less fuel by only using diesel when moving between container rows.
4,500,000 gallons of diesel fuel are saved each year by using electrified refrigerated container racks. GPA has installed 84 electrified refrigerated container racks (1,536 container slots), avoiding the use of diesel generators and cutting fuel costs.
2,000 lbs of cargo can be carried 500 miles by rail on a single gallon of fuel. The Port of Savannah is the only single terminal operation on the East Coast with on-terminal access to two Class 1 rail lines: Norfolk Southern and CSX. Moving freight by rail reduces traffic congestion, energy demand and emissions.