Free Time (Breakbulk) - Savannah, Brunswick, Bainbridge


December 1, 2022


November 14, 2022

The Authority provides storage on its facilities only for the prompt assembly and distribution of waterborne cargoes. The following free time, which includes Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays is allowed on breakbulk and RORO cargo imported or exported via the Authority’s facilities.

Cargo, Not Otherwise Specified 15 Consecutive Calendar Days (Inside or outside)
Static Machinery which is placed in an inside storage location

7 Consecutive Calendar Days

Out-of-Gauge Cargo at Garden City Terminal and Ocean Terminal

 5 Consecutive Calendar Days

Linerboard, Paperboard, Pulpboard, Carton Stock, Newsprint, Printing or Wrapping Paper, Woodpulp

15 Consecutive Calendar Days

Waste Paper

5 Consecutive Calendar Days

Common Use Area (CUA) at Colonel’s Island Terminal

If the Authority does not require a space occupancy form per Rule 34-426. Includes Wheeled Machinery, Tracked Machinery, Static Cargo and Boats.

15 Consecutive Calendar Days (Note 2)


If the Authority determines that a space occupancy form is required pursuant to Rule 34-426 (This primarily applies to automobiles). 0 days free time (Note 4)


Free time on export cargo will begin the first 7:00 AM after receipt.

Free time on import cargo will begin the first 7:00 AM after the departure date of the vessel. (Note 3)

If the wharves, sheds, or warehouses become congested during terminal free time, the Authority has the option to transfer cargo to other storage areas to relieve such congestion. Any remaining free time on such cargo will continue to apply, no matter where such cargo is placed, as long as it remains on the Authority’s premises. See Rule 34-260 for charges regarding a transfer.

The Authority may revise the terminal free time allowed on any cargo if terminal operations or movement of cargoes are interrupted by a Force Majeure event, See Rule 34-085, or any unusual occurrence which, in the judgment of the Authority, warrants the revision of free time.

Note 1: The Authority will provide terminal storage space on the wharf of Ocean Terminal, provided such space is available and use of such space is coordinated, and approved, in advance, by the Lead Manager of Ocean Terminal Breakbulk and Warehouse Operations. Wharf free time at Ocean Terminal is five (5) consecutive calendar days.

Note 2: Prior to the expiration of, or subsequent to the permitted free time, the Authority reserves the right to require cargo in the Common Use Area (“CUA”) at Colonels Island Terminal to be consolidated within, or removed from, the CUA within twenty-four (24) hours of receiving notice from the Authority. The party who arranged for the use of the CUA will be responsible both operationally and monetarily for all cargo consolidation or removal.

Note 3:  If vessel departure is delayed due to repairs or governmental order, then free time will begin the first 7:00 AM after cargo discharge is completed.

Note 4:  Although the Authority most frequently requires that a space occupancy form be executed to store automobiles with the CUA, the Authority may require the execution of a space occupancy form for the storage of any commodity with the CUA.