Billed as the “largest single container terminal in North America”, the Port of Savannah, GA is a major U.S. seaport located in southeastern Georgia at the mouth of the Savannah River. With 3 million TEU of container traffic being handled by the port every year since 2014, the amount of traffic and strategic location have turned Savannah into the fourth-busiest container terminal in the US and one of the most popular in the world.
Several massive companies have contributed to the success of the Port of Savannah by opening exclusive shipping facilities there. Out of the number of terminals operating in Savannah, several are owned and used exclusively by massive companies like Target, IKEA, and Heineken. Train trade and railroad shipments are a large contributor to business at the Port, as the Maersk Line runs several railroad and boat shipping lines out of Savannah to ports in India and the Middle East. Local businesses and shippers also call Savannah home, such as Moran Savannah, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Carter Dredging Co., and many others.
The Savannah River also lends itself very easily to pleasure boating and cruise lines thanks to the area’s history for boat travel. Several old-fashioned steam ships and riverboats exist to take sightseers out on a tour of the shoreline, and while the Port does not feature a dedicated cruise line terminal, there are still a number of smaller, specialized cruise ships that dock in Savannah on their way to points further eastward in the Atlantic Ocean.
Boat accidents are just as common in Savannah as they are in any other major port and maritime injuries and illnesses can take many forms. The changing currents and conditions of the Savannah River contribute to boat collisions and capsizes, and the layout of the Port has led to accidents like crashes into bridges and harbors. The introduction of cruise ships into the area can lead to passengers getting cruise ship illnesses, and the presence of major railroad shipping could cause an increase in injured railroad workers in Savannah.
Whatever the problem may be, if you’ve been injured while working on the water, boating, or working on the railroad in Savannah, you need the experienced Jones Act lawyers at the O’Bryan Law Firm. We have the knowledge and training needed to stand up to the maritime industry and navigate the complicated waters of maritime injury law. Contact us today and let us fight for you.
*In those federal district courts in which Dennis M. O’Bryan is not generally admitted to practice, such as Savannah, he gains admission pro hac vice, on a case by case basis, by securing the sponsorship of a reputable local attorney. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, where his office is located.