- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Port of Savannah is a step closer to its goal of converting its fleet of mobile cranes to run on electricity instead of diesel fuel.

The Georgia Ports Authority says 45 of its 146 gantry cranes, used to load and unload trucks carrying shipping containers to and from the Savannah port, now run mostly on electricity.

Savannah became the first U.S. seaport to invest in the 80-foot cranes, which run along electric rails while moving containers but still must switch to diesel power when moving between stacks. It began with just four of them in 2012.

Port officials say the switch to electrified gantry cranes now saves about 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel worth $2.2 million a year. Savannah’s entire fleet is expected to run on electricity by 2026.

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