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6/19/2001



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Savannah port expansion to enable CSXI to build on international volume, dock capacity


CSX Intermodal hopes to gain substantial on-dock terminal capacity at the Port of Savannah — perhaps as much as 30 percent more — due to Georgia Port Authority's (GPA) construction plans.
GPA is constructing a Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, to be served by Norfolk Southern Railway, at Garden City Terminal near Savannah, Ga.'s port. The authority also plans to build an eighth container berth at the terminal and install four high-speed container cranes.
After the state of Georgia completes a planned highway overpass and GPA finishes its Mason container facility later this year, the authority plans to provide CSXI direct rail access, enabling CSXI to further expand its terminal capacity and boost international volume by 25 percent.
"With this expansion, we'll have more room to expand our international business, providing customers with the convenience and efficiency of an on-dock container facility," said Clarence Gooden, CSXI president and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement.
CSXI, using six daily intermodal trains from its Savannah yard, currently handles about 70 percent of rail container freight moving to and from the port; the company plans to handle more than 70,000 freight loads at the port in 2001.


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