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$50m More for $650m Port Deepening Project

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that as part of his FY2014 budget proposal, he will seek an additional $50 million in funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project at the Georgia Ports Authority Board meeting.   “I am committed to allocating funds and time to this pivotal link in our logistics network,”said Deal. “Expanding the Savannah Harbor is vital to our renewed economic growth and plays an integral role in helping make our state the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business.”   If approved, the proposal will increase state funding for the deepening project to $231.1 million.   “Studies indicate that the port deepening will reduce shipping costs by at least $213 million a year,” said Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Robert Jepson. “The 5.5-to-1 benefit-to-cost ratio demonstrates that the expenditure would be a wise investment of federal dollars.”   Overall, the cost of the project is anticipated to be $652 million. The Record of Decision, signifying final federal approval for the project, was issued in October, allowing for construction to begin in 2013.   “The milestone decision made thus far by our federal agencies along with strong support from the state signifies great confidence in the surety and soundness of our deepening plan,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz


Georgia Ports Participate in C-TPAT

GPA among first in the Nation to enroll in program U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., on Wednesday, May 28, announced that the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is participating in the U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. The C-TPAT program is designed to enhance the prevention of terrorism throughout the entire supply chain by combining the security efforts of organizations involved in global commerce.


Georgia Port Funding Announced

Governor Sonny Perdue announced awarding $1.695 million in Port Security Grants to the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). "I want to thank President Bush, Secretary Ridge, and our excellent delegation in Washington for these homeland security funds that will help protect Georgia's coast from acts of terrorism and provide further security enhancements for our ports," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "We must continue to work with our


Panama Canal Hosts Georgia Governor

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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) welcomed Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (pictured left) to the Panama Canal September 24. Joined by senior leaders from the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and the Georgia Department for Economic Development, Governor Perdue visited the Canal to learn about the historic expansion of the waterway and the anticipated benefits the project will bring to Georgia. ACP Administrator/CEO Albert Alemán Zubieta met with the Georgia delegation during their visit


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


GPA Records Strong November Gains

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The Georgia Ports Authority achieved significant business gains in November, with a 6.6% increase in twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) for the month, and a 7.3% increase in total tonnage across all terminals. The GPA moved 243,233 TEUs in November and reached 2,414,630 in total tonnage for the month. That compares to 228,184 TEUs and 2,249,431 total tons in November 2012. “New customers, combined with better than anticipated growth in the national economy in recent


GPA, Shanghai Port Group Sign Agreement

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) signed an historic agreement recently that will allow both port systems to jointly promote all-water shipping routes between Asia and the Port of Savannah. "China's economy continues to fuel world trade among all nations and in doing so is growing a new domestic market of its own for the world economies to service via exports to China," said Doug J. Marchand, GPA's Executive Director


GPA Renews Partnership with ACP

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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), which owns and operates the Port of Savannah, renewed their ties today with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU, renewable for five years, was first signed in July 2003 and aims to unify efforts to encourage mutual economic benefits. “Considering the importance of the Port of Savannah and its Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in the logistics chain and in the ‘All-Water Route


Container Volume April Decline in Port of Savannah

Port of Savannah reports that container volume fell 4.2 per cent to 248,886 TEU in April 2012, while RoRo volumes rose at Port of Brunswick The Port of Savannah, long the US east coast star for Asian imports, posted a 4.2 per cent decline in container volume in April year on year to 248,886 TEU, compared to 260,063 TEU the same period last year and 259,796 TEU in March. Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Curtis Foltz said a "very fragile US economic recovery and on-going


Savannah Achieves Container Cargo High

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GPA records 19.2 percent jump in containers. The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.  “Improved confidence among U.S. retailers, newly added port customers, and shifting cargo from U.S. West to East Coast are all fueling the growing cargo volumes at Georgia’s deepwater ports,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz


PortFresh Expanding Savannah Port's Chilled Cargo Capacity

PortFresh Logistics is constructing a 100,000 square-foot facility at a location with immediate interstate access and only 15 miles from the Port of Savannahs Garden City Terminal.

A new Georgia-based company called PortFresh Logistics has announced plans to build a 100,000 square-foot cold treatment facility dedicated to perishable cargoes imported through the Port of Savannah. The facility, slated to open in late summer 2016


FAST Act Grant Awards Announced

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced 18 proposed grant awards for projects under the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program. The program, also known as the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National


GPA Awarded $44M Grant

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The Georgia Ports Authority has received a $44 million Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase rail capacity at the Port of Savannah.   "I would like to thank the Georgia Congressional delegation


Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling


Savannah Harbor Dredging Begins

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 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.  


GPA to invest $152M in Brunswick

The Port of Brunswick moved 680,414 cars, trucks and tractors in Fiscal Year 2015, making it the second busiest port in the nation for roll-onroll-off cargo.

  At the annual Brunswick State of the Port event Tuesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz discussed an ambitious capital improvement plan for Brunswick terminals. "In order to ensure efficient processing of cargo


Georgia, South Carolina Ports Advance Joint Venture

The Georgia and South Carolina Ports Authorities have signed a new joint venture agreement that provides framework for the two states to work cooperatively toward the development of the Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT), which will be jointly owned and operated by both port authorities.  


Georgia Ports' Container Volume Up 3%

Customer demand has required a steady increase in capacity at the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick Courtesy Georgia Ports Authority  Stephen B. Morton)

  The Georgia Ports Authority handled a total of 321,094 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) containers in October 2015, an additional 9,335 units, or 3 percent increase over the same period last year. For the fiscal year to date (July-October), the GPA has moved 1


GPA Hits Record Volume Growth of 11.7%

The Port of Savannah will add eight new ship-to-shore cranes by 2018, for a total of 30. (GPA photo  Stephen B. Morton)

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved record container volumes in 2015, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported to the GPA board Monday.   Over the last calendar year, the Port of Savannah moved an all-time high 3.73 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 391,356 TEUs


GPA Executive Director to Step Down

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Curtis Foltz steps down; Griff Lynch named new executive director of Georgia Ports Authority   Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Curtis J. Foltz will step down at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, the port authority’s board of directors announced today.  


U.S.-Georgian Consortium Wins Black Sea Port Contract

A U.S.-Georgian consortium has been awarded a $2.5 billion contract to build and develop a deep-sea port in Anaklia on Georgia's Black Sea coast, as the tiny ex-Soviet republic sets eyes on lucrative cargo transit from Asia to Europe. The Anaklia Development Consortium is a joint venture of


Savannah Handles Imported Grapes

Peruvian red globe grapes undergo customs inspection at the Port of Savannahs Garden City Terminal. (GPA photo)

The Port of Savannah is now handling grapes imported from Peru, adding to the list of cold-treated perishables using Savannah as a port of entry.   "Savannah currently handles avocados, citrus and sweet onions from Peru," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz


DP World Chairman Meets Georgian PM

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Freezones Corporation, HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi during their meeting in Dubai. Photo credit DP World

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Freezones Corporation, HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, at the Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai to explore possible future opportunities for economic co-operation.


Nordic Doubles Size of Savannah Operation

A worker moves cargo in the new cold storage facility at Nordic Logistics and Warehousing. The company held a ribbon cutting Friday, April 15, doubling the size of its Savannah operation. The 200,000 square-foot facility will handle both refrigerated and frozen cargo. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority)

Nordic Logistics and Warehousing has doubled capacity at its Savannah location, holding a ribbon cutting Friday for a new 200,000-square-foot cold storage and blast freezing facility.   "Exactly three years ago, Nordic opened its doors here in Savannah to give our customers the


GPA Will Continue Weighing Containers at No Cost to Shippers

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The U.S. Coast Guard announced last week that state-calibrated scales already in use at the Port of Savannah meet a new requirement of the international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention. “We would like to commend the U.S. Coast Guard for bringing clarity to the SOLAS issue






 
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