OCEAN Alliance leads in average vessel capacity at Port of Savannah
By Jordan Williams on 2 October 2018

Expansions at the Port of Savnnah, GA will allow for larger vessels by 2021. 

  At a recent State of the Port event, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) unveiled a 10-year plan that involves the expansion of the Savannah container terminal from 5.5 million TEUs to 8 million TEUs. The harbor deepening project, which is now 50 percent complete, will allow larger vessels to call the Port of Savannah. With work on the project expected to be finished in late 2021, the GPA says Savannah could handle vessels up to 19,000 TEU capacity, larger than any currently calling the U.S. East Coast. 
  Utilizing BlueWater Reporting's Port Dashboard, the chart above provides an overview of the average vessel capacity, as well as total number of services calling the Port of Savannah by dominant operator (i.e. carrier operating the greatest capacity on a service). 
  As of the September reporting period, OCEAN Alliance leads the pack in average vessel seize, deploying 70 vessels calling Savannah with an average capacity of 11,316 TEUs. Hapag-Lloyd holds a distant second place with an average vessel capacity of 8,091 TEUs on its shared India East Coast Express (INDAMEX) service. The remaining operators all deploy vessels with an average capacity less than 7,500 TEUs.  
  Currently, the port of Savannah welcomes 39 services operated by 15 different carriers. THE Alliance, 2M Alliance, and OCEAN Alliance operate a total of 23 services calling the port and hold the top three spots amongst carriers visiting Savannah. 
  According to BlueWater Reporting's Terminal Analysis, Savannah has a total of 2.1 million TEUs flowing through the port from its 39 services. Of the fifteen carriers operating these services, Grimaldi Lines is the only one to call Savannah’s Ocean Terminal while the remaining carriers call the Garden City Terminal.
  The GPA reports that since 2011, the Port of Savannah has grown by 45 percent or 1.2 million TEUs. It is currently called by all of the top 10 carriers in operating fleet capacity.