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The Port Plugs In: Innovations Help Savannah Move and Store Freight More Efficiently and Cleanly

First Person with Richard Cox
The Port Plugs In: Innovations Help Savannah Move and Store Freight More Efficiently and Cleanly

Richard Cox, general manager of equipment and facilities for the Georgia Ports Authority, is a quite, self-described “maintenance guy” who has led a quiet revolution at the authority’s Port of Savannah Garden City Terminal.  Since 2000, the facility’s throughput of containers has grown rapidly, from less than 1 million twenty-foot-equivalent container units, or TEUs, to about 3 million.  Its compounded growth rate during that time has been more than 10%--nearly double the growth rate of other major U.S. ports.  At the same time, the port is lower its cost for energy and maintenance and reducing its emissions.  The one-word answer to the question “How?” is “Electricity”.”  For the details, EPRI Journal interviewed Richard Cox. 

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