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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
All four of the super post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes that arrived at the Port of Savannah in June are now fully operational at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal. The cranes arrived on a specialized vessel June 5. After the cranes were offloaded, crews began raising the booms, and the electrical and machinery housings roughly 100 feet to their proper position. Additional on-site work included elevator installation and final wiring connections.
The Georgia Ports Authority opened calendar year 2014 with a strong January, achieving gains of 12.5 percent in twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and 7.3 percent in overall tonnage, compared to January 2013. "We are encouraged by the strong growth in January that continued a
For the first six months of Fiscal Year 2014, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said it has logged 8 percent growth in total tonnage. From July through December 2013, the GPA moved 14.36 million tons of cargo, up from 13.3 million tons over the same period in the previous fiscal year
The Georgia Ports Authority won recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency as a leader in reducing carbon emissions. The Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC), a public-private partnership formed by the U.S. EPA Region 4 office, named the GPA as a Community Leadership Award winner.
Christopher Grundler, director, office of transportation and air quality for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Stan Meiburg, acting regional administrator for the EPA’s Southeast Region, will visit the Port of Savannah on Friday, Jan
TMEIC has received an order to supply MAXSPEED electrical drive systems upgrade for three Ship-to-Shore Crane at Georgia Ports Authority. The project will be to replace the original DC drives with TMEIC’s TMdrive 10e2 drives and controls
At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported that the GPA achieved record volumes and added additional customer accounts in October. "Strong growth, new customer accounts and additional harbor deepening funding announced this month are all
ZIM’s Special cargo team handled a unique shipment of a 100-ton, 92-foot long yacht, shipped on board C/V ZIM Ontario from Asia to the Port of Savannah. The new barge crane, the Savannah Giant, was used for the first time during the discharge operation in Sept.23.
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
Records set in containers moved, total tonnage, and truck and intermodal moves made August an impressive month for the Georgia Ports Authority, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported to the GPA board Monday. “Although we set new records in many categories during August
In Savannah visit, Georgia officials accompany Vice President. After touring the Port of Savannah Monday, Vice President Joe Biden called for expediting port improvement projects on the U.S. East Coast. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Fox, Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson
In his State of the Port address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported record cargo volumes, an influx of new business, and more than 1 million square feet of distribution center space leased or developed. “Not only did the ports authority achieve strong
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., recently delivered PV Georgia, a 64' all-aluminum Pilot Boat to the Savannah Pilots Association of Savannah, Ga. Georgia is the second vessel built by Kvichak for the Savannah Pilots. Designed by Camarc Design, U.K
The Georgia Ports Authority marked record volumes for fiscal year 2013 in total tonnage, bulk cargo, total auto-machinery units, and freight moved by intermodal rail. “Our deepwater ports provide vital support to our agricultural, forestry and manufacturing sectors
A bumper crop of wheat has led to a booming export business at the Port of Brunswick, with the first export vessel of the season departing today. “This is going to be a banner year, in the range of 90,000- to 100,000-tons of wheat moved across our docks at Colonel’s Island Terminal
Mobile HQ can operate from any location in emergency situations. In the case of a hurricane or any other natural or man-made disaster Georgia Ports Authority’s new Mobile Command Center ensures that data is safe and port operations can continue. (GPA Photo/Stephen Morton)