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Georgia Ports Authority Completes TWIC Enrollment

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has completed the initial employee enrollment process for the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The federally mandated TWIC requirement created by the Department of Homeland Security is a common identification credential for individuals requiring unescorted access to secure or restricted areas of seaports. The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) opened the TWIC Enrollment Center in Savannah, Ga. in November 2007. Since November, the GPA has enrolled all of its employees in Savannah and Brunswick. “The cooperation of all port users is required to ensure the program’s successful implementation in Georgia,” said GPA’s Executive Director Doug J. Marchand. Applicants are required to visit the Enrollment Center located at 5214 Augusta Road in Garden City, Ga. Each applicant is required to provide biographic information, sign a disclosure form, provide a complete set of fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph, provide the necessary identity verification documents and pay an enrollment fee of $132.50. The credential is valid for five years.

GPA Grows Market Share and Container Capacity

Doug Marchand, Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), announced at a meeting of the Board of the Directors today that the Port of Savannah had attained another month of impressive container growth. "GPA is simultaneously gaining market share while growing container capacity," said Marchand. "While April results represent a 36.6 percent increase in TEUs over last year, even more impressive is that we have sustained record growth all year long."

GPA Marks 14.2% Growth in Containers

GPA photo/Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority marked strong and sustained growth across all major markets in the month of February, including bulk, breakbulk, autos and machinery, and containerized freight.   "The additional cargo attracted to Georgia speaks to the reliability and ease of doing business in this state," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. "More freight moving through GPA terminals means greater opportunity for the people working at more than 21

Marchand in Int’l Maritime Hall of Fame

The International Maritime Hall of Fame announced recently the Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Doug J. Marchand will be honored as one of its newest members on May 13, 2009, at the United Nations in New York City. The International Maritime Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 and recognizes maritime visionaries, who, through excellence in their company, organization, or services, best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in

Konecranes to deliver 4 STS and 20 RTG cranes to GPA


  Konecranes will deliver 4 Super Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 20 Rubber-Tired-Gantry (RTG) cranes to Georgia Ports Authority in the US. The Georgia Ports Authority Board recently approved more than $80 million to purchase the cranes to be used to handle containers at Garden City Terminal. The cranes are scheduled to arrive to Savannah by March 2016. The order will be booked in the second quarter 2014.

22 Seaports to Receive AAPA Awards

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), a trade group representing port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, has selected 22 seaports to be recognized for exemplary projects, programs and initiatives at its annual awards event later this summer. The awards, for achievements in facilities engineering, environmental improvement, information technology and communications, will be presented to winning ports at a Sept

Agribulk, Ro/Ro Lead Brunswick to Banner Year


Outstanding trade in agribulk and roll-on/roll-off cargo at the Port of Brunswick led to an impressive 47 percent increase in total tonnage for fiscal year 2013. “Our deepwater ports provide vital support to our agricultural, forestry and manufacturing sectors,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Because American-made goods are able to reach the global market efficiently through Georgia’s ports, these products are more competitive in international trade

Savannah Container Volumes Jump in April

(Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Port of Savannah container volumes jumped 25.8 percent in April, with a total volume of 335,337 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or an additional 69,000 units. The Georgia Ports Authority also saw strong growth in roll-on/roll-off traffic, moving 77,574 units through Brunswick and Savannah, a 14.1 percent gain.   "Across the logistics industry, focus has centered on GPA's ability to handle large volume increases with no congestion," Executive Director Curtis Foltz said

Container Shipping Industry Course at U.S. Georgia Tech

Image credit Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Professional Education offers Transportation & Distribution Course in Savannah to address changes in the container shipping industry. Georgia Tech Professional Education will offer a Transportation and Distribution Planning and Management (LOG 3120 ) course October 2-4, 2012 at Georgia Tech-Savannah that will focus on the many issues and developments affecting the trade and container shipping industry.

Hornbeck Offshore Files Registration Statement for IPO

Hornbeck Offshore Services has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. Hornbeck Offshore plans to use the net proceeds to the Company from the proposed offering to fund a portion of the costs of the construction of ocean-going, double-hulled tank barges, the retrofit of certain existing vessels, possible future acquisitions or additional new vessel construction

Savannah Harbor Dredging Begins

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

 The dredging project in the Savannah Harbor began on Monday. The Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency overseeing the harbor expansion, says that the project started on Tybee Island as crews on a 220-foot dredging barge worked about 5 miles offshore.  

Georgia Hooks Trident Seafoods

Trident Seafoods new production and distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., includes an 88,000 square-foot manufacturing floor overlooked by 18,000 square feet of office space and another 20,000 square feet of support area. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority)

Trident Seafoods has opened a $40 million production and distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., providing 175 full-time jobs and the capacity to produce 50,000 tons of finished products annually for the U.S. market.   "We are excited to add Trident to our family of customers

Georgia Ports Score Record Cargo Numbers

(Photo: Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

The Georgia Ports Authority moved a record 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2015, an increase of more than half a million TEUs.   "The deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick are cornerstones of Georgia's success

Savannah Port Sets Cargo Record

Port of Savannah. Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

 Port of Savannah set records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May, with the highest tonnage ever recorded in a single month.   The Port of Savannah has handled more than 338,000 TEUs, the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday. The container throughput represented a 16

Jasper Ocean Terminal Budget Approved

Georgia and South Carolina port authorities to each contribute $1.25 million to Jasper Ocean Terminal’s 2016 budget   The Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT) board of directors met earlier this week to solidify a budget and work plan for FY2016 as well as review work completed during the 2015

APM Terminals Reaffirms Poti Mega-Port Plans

Poti Sea Port

  Speaking at the 4th Annual Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference 2015 on May 29th on the subject of Black Sea Ports as agents of economic growth for the region, APM Terminals Poti Deputy Managing Director Joseph Crowley discussed the advantages of Poti Seaport as the prominent gateway

Georgia Port Increases Container Traffic

Port of Savannah by Georgia Ports Authority

 The Georgia Ports Authority increased containerized cargo in March by 27.8 percent compared to the same month a year ago, for an additional 72,499 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs).   “We are moving record volumes while maintaining excellent service levels for our

GPA Container Traffic Leaps Nearly 28%

GPA photo / Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority increased containerized cargo in March by 27.8 percent compared to the same month a year ago, for an additional 72,499 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs).   For the first time ever, the Port of Savannah moved 333,058 TEUs in a single month

Largest Ship Ever Calls on Savannah

The ZIM vessel Tianjin transits the Savannah River channel on March 18. At a capacity of 10,062 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Tianjin is the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah.

  The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah today when the ZIM Tianjin docked at Garden City Terminal. "This 10,000-TEU vessel represents the future of U.S.-Asia shipping," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J

Georgia Ports Enhance Breakbulk Cargo Handling

Photo courtesy of GPA

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has instituted a new tracking system to process breakbulk cargo more quickly, and provide real-time freight tracking for GPA and its customers.   "The new system means faster service and better communication with our breakbulk customers

International Auto Processing Handles 5 Millionth Vehicle

Hyundai Genesis  (Photo by International Auto Processing)

  A silver Hyundai Genesis rolling down the ramp of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel Isolde became the 5 millionth vehicle handled by International Auto Processing at the Port of Brunswick. “On behalf of the GPA, I would like to congratulate IAP

Brunswick GA's IAP Moves 5 Millionth Vehicle

 Vehicle #5,000,000 (Photo courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority)

International Auto Processing at the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, handled it's five millionth vehicle, Georgia Ports Authority announced yesterday. The five millionth vehicle was a silver Hyundai Genesis that arrived on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel Isolde.

Less Kazakh Crude, Pipeline Impacts Black Sea Liftings

Crude oil and refined oil product shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi fell 22.7 percent in 2014 from a year earlier, a senior official at the terminal said on Monday. Bad weather in Kazakhstan, where the oil is produced, lower-than-expected output from the Kashagan oilfield at the

Record Growth Continues at Georgia's Ports

GPA photo/Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority reported that its terminals in Brunswick and Savannah moved a combined 2.79 million tons of freight in October, a record for the authority. "Strong growth across all key sectors of our business is an indication that our ports are reaching a larger and more

Mount Whitney Departs Batumi, Georgia

The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney

  The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Batumi, Georgia, Oct. 18 after completing a successful port visit. While in Batumi, Sailors had the opportunity to participate in community relation projects, provide tours of Mount Whitney

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