Good things don’t always come in small packages, as evidenced by the cutting-edge cancer treatment equipment that recently moved from Kobe, Japan, through Georgia Ports Authority’s Ocean Terminal in Savannah.
Proton therapy is an advanced, precise form of radiation cancer treatment. The technology is able to target cancer tissue with less damage to surrounding healthy tissue than traditional radiation treatments. However, the units are massive and heavy.
Last week, crews at Ocean Terminal unloaded more than 70 crates from a ship and loaded them onto trucks bound for ProNova in Knoxville, Tenn., the first proton equipment manufacturing facility in the U.S.
“This is another example of Ocean Terminal’s ability to handle outsized and super-heavy cargo,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “Our dedicated teams are well-versed in the special handling requirements for freight in this category.”
A fully assembled proton therapy cyclotron weighs 220 tons, or roughly the equivalent of two space shuttles.