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根据美国佐治亚州港务局（Georgia Ports Authority）本周四发布的报告显示，萨凡纳港集装箱整箱吞吐量和铁路多式联运货运量均有提升，相较历年三月份，连通性和速度也都有提升。
佐治亚州港务局执行董事格里夫·林奇（Griff Lynch）表示，“我要感谢佐治亚州港务局的全体员工、码头的装卸工人以及国际码头工人协会（International Longshoremen's Association）为这一成绩所做出的贡献。能够使多式联运运量达到这个水平，同时减少海铁联运所需的时间，对我们的客户来说是件大好事。萨凡纳港的吞吐能力令人期待。”
上月萨凡纳港共完成集装箱吞吐量41万TEU，增长15.5%。铁路运力激增26%至82,135 TEU。此外，佐治亚州港务局今年3月的多式联运集装箱滞港时间（dwell time）创史上最短，从船上卸下到运上铁路平均仅需27小时。
梅森铁路项目（Mason Mega Rail project）可使萨凡纳港的铁路运力翻倍，达到100万集装箱/年，目前施工进度已完成四分之一。第一期将于2019年10月投入使用，第二期在2020年底可使用。
Port of Savannah Achieves Record March
The Port of Savannah handled more total containerized cargo and more intermodal rail volume, with greater connectivity and velocity than any March on record, the Georgia Ports Authority reported Thursday.
"I would like to thank our employees at GPA, the stevedores and the International Longshoremen's Association for helping to make this accomplishment possible," said Griff Lynch, GPA's executive director. "To have handled this level of intermodal volume, while reducing the time it takes for a container to move between rail and vessel operations, is a big win for our customers. We are just beginning to see this port's capabilities."
While the port handled more than 410,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, an increase of 15.5 percent, rail volumes spiked by 26 percent for a total of 82,135 TEUs. In addition, GPA achieved a record low dwell time for intermodal boxes in March, with containers averaging just 27 hours from vessel to outbound rail.
The Mason Mega Rail project, which will double the Port of Savannah's rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, is 25 percent complete. The first phase will come online by October 2019, and the second phase will become operational by the end of 2020.
"Our rail expansion will allow Garden City Terminal to accommodate additional 10,000-foot long unit trains and provide direct rail service to inland markets such as St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati," said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. "By stepping up to the plate to bring on additional rail capacity, we are expanding the size and scope of Georgia's market reach."
Not only is the Port of Savannah handling more rail cargo, it is moving the intermodal boxes faster than ever. In just one year alone, the dwell time for such cargo was reduced by 50 percent. For the fiscal year to date, containers moved by rail are up 22 percent, compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, to reach 701,000 TEUs.