Photo courtesy Port of Savannah

With 410,000 TEUs moving through the port in October, it has seen a 12.3% increase in traffic in the first four months of the fiscal year, which started in July.

“Since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, Garden City Terminal (Savannah) has experienced meteoric growth,” Georgia Ports Authority executive director Griff Lynch said in a news release. “We’re now handling more ships, bigger vessels and larger cargo exchanges.”

Lynch said the Port of Savannah has the nation’s single largest container terminal in North America.

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, which deepens the Savannah River to 47 feet at the port, began in 2016.

In the release, Lynch said the deeper channel will allow 14,000-TEU ships to move heavier loads. The overall progress on the project is 35% completed, according to the release.

“Because these larger vessels provide lower cost-per-container slot, they help make American farms and factories more competitive,” Lynch said in the release.