Georgia Ports Authority

Safety Traffic Guidelines

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Emergency Phone Number 912.964.3911
Non-Emergency Phone Number 912.963.5588

  • Drivers shall comply with all Local, State And Federal traffic and safety rules/regulations/laws as well as Georgia Ports Authority traffic and safety rules and regulations.
  • In the event of an accident/incident Port Police must be notified immediately and a police report must be completed. 
  • All posted speed limits will be enforced.
  • Driver and/or passenger(s) must remain in vehicle during a field service.
  • Cutting/driving through a container stack is prohibited.
  • Driver must maintain a minimum of three (3) truck lengths from the vehicle ahead of him/her at all times. 
  • Do not travel under any equipment or elevated portion of the equipment except as instructed for field services. 
  • Do not drive or operate a vehicle, truck or equipment while using a cell phone.
  • A Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) always has the right of way at an intersection.
  • All container doors shall be closed and properly secured prior to transporting on GPA terminal.
  • Leaking of a substance from a vehicle and/or container must be reported to Port Police. 
  • Vehicle shall not be left running and unattended.
  • Driver and passenger(s) shall comply with Georgia’s seat belt laws. 
  • Unauthorized parking or dropping of chassis/flatbeds in roadways is prohibited.
  • Drivers shall yield to pedestrians.
  • Driving through restricted areas, areas coned, roped off or barricaded is prohibited. 
  • Unauthorized parking areas include, but are not limited to the following: Crane and RTG runways, railroad tracks, 100’ from Toplifts, next to container stacks, docks and any area marked with painted hash mark/diagonal painted stripes - see example



  • Container Stack or Stack – A designated row or area of marked slots for stacking containers.
  • Field Service –  Loading container to/from from a flatbed or chassis with the use of a toplift or RTG.
  • Driver– The person driving or operating a motorized vehicle or equipment.
  • RTG (Rubber Tired Gantry) – Straddles a stack of containers and is used to load and unload containers from a stack.
  • Ship’s Dock or Docking Area/Apron – The roadway and paved areas, which parallels the Savannah River.   
  • Toplift or Container Handler – A large forklift like piece of equipment with expandable spreader bar.
  • Travel Pad or Path – A designated path marked with visible lines for cranes and or RTGs to travel.
  • Vehicle/Cab – Enclosed part of a motorized vehicle or equipment which holds personnel.