Savannah River News

05 Sep 2019

Bahamians Struggle in Dorian's Devastating Wake

A file image of Equinor's South Riding Point storage terminal (CREDIT: Equinor)

Stunned residents of the Bahamas surveyed the wreckage of their homes and officials struggled to assess the number killed by Hurricane Dorian, as the storm bore down on the South Carolina coast, threatening record flooding on Thursday.The United Nations said 70,000 people in the Bahamas needed immediate humanitarian relief after the most damaging storm ever to hit the island nation.Aerial video of the worst-hit Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showed widespread devastation…

04 Sep 2019

Hurricane Dorian Update

The 8 AM tracking graphic (CREDIT: NHC)

At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 29.5 North, longitude 79.6 West.Dorian is moving toward the north-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h), and a northwest or north-northwest motion is expected through this morning. A turn toward the north is forecast by this evening, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Thursday morning.On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast through tonight.

01 Mar 2019

Insuring the Marine Industry’s Risky Work Environment

File Image / CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Currahee Shutter

From high-traffic ports to bustling boatyards, and busy shipyards to expanding marinas, marine professionals operate in a challenging environment. They work on land, on or around water, and are exposed to all kinds of weather. And the challenges won’t ease up any time soon. Our nation’s ports continue to expand as trade surges. Add in increased commercial vessel traffic and recreational boating, and it’s clear that marine businesses have to be in shipshape condition. It means that the marine insurance industry has to stay on its toes too…

12 Feb 2019

Roll Group Completes at Elba Island LNG

From left to right: Brent Brown, Gary Lyons and Robert Jackson. Image: Roll-Lift USA

Heavy lift specialist Roll Group said it has completed its activities on the expansion of the LNG plant at the Elba Island project in Savannah, Georgia."The activities on Elba Island have come to an end for Roll-Lift USA. Mid-January the last equipment was removed, after working more than two years with an extensive fleet of equipment and a large team on the expansion of the LNG plant at the Elba Island Project located in Savannah, Georgia," said a press release.The first challenge to overcome was the low weight limit and deteriorating condition of the only access bridge on to the island.

02 Jul 2018

HII Appoints Brady as Chief Operating Officer for SN3

Sharon Brady is chief operating officer of SN3, part of HII’s Technical Solutions division. HII photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) (NYSE:HII) has appointed Sharon Brady chief operating officer of SN3, part of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Technical Solutions division, effective June 4. In this new position, she plays a leading role in supporting SN3’s current portfolio and developing strategies for growth. Brady has been with SN3 since 2001, serving in various corporate and government contract positions. She most recently served as director of business services for the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)…

26 Jun 2017

Aegean Marine Strengthens Presence on the U.S. East Coast

Photo: Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has announced the launch of a new service center in Savannah, Georgia, the third largest container port in the United States. The operations in Savannah will be managed by the existing Aegean U.S. team. Under the terms of the agreement with Colonial Terminals, Inc., Aegean will lease tankage from Colonial's oil terminal on the Savannah River. Aegean will acquire and blend a full range of bunker fuel products and has agreed to supply Colonial Oil Industries, Inc. with a range of No. 6 oil products for Colonial's truck delivery business.

09 Jun 2017

Newport News Names Temple VP, Strategic Sourcing

John Temple (Photo: HII)

John Temple has been appointed vice president of strategic sourcing at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Temple, an Apprentice School graduate, began his shipbuilding career in Newport News’ pipe department. He has worked in quality inspection, cost engineering and contracts and pricing. Five years ago, he earned the “Master Shipbuilder” designation, which celebrates shipbuilders who have worked 40 years of continuous service. He most recently served as vice president of contracts and supply chain management at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina…

08 Feb 2017

Savannah Positioned as U.S. Gateway Port

Developers have purchased five parcels, totaling 500 acres, within the Savannah River International Trade Park for warehousing and distribution operations. Photo Georgia Ports Authority

Today the Georgia Ports Authority announced the sale of 500 acres of property for commercial development to accommodate growing customer demand for warehousing, distribution and transload facilities near the Port of Savannah. The new development, located on five parcels of land at GPA's Savannah River International Trade Park, is less than five miles from the Garden City Container Terminal and can accommodate up to 5 million square feet of logistics space. "Today's announcement will help further establish Savannah as a gateway port for the U.S.

13 Oct 2016

Crews Working to Restore Port of Savannah Navigation Aids

The Coast Guard Cutter Cypress crew works to correct aid to navigation in the Savannah River after Hurricane Matthew Oct. 12, 2016. The Cypress is a 225-foot buoy tender built for maintaining aids to navigation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress)

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Port of Savannah has been reopened Thursday to two-way traffic during daylight hours as response crews continue to identify, remove, replace or repair the surrounding navigational infrastructure. “Our Coast Guard crews have been working diligently to restore operations in the Port of Savannah, and it was because of their dedication that we were able to open the port to two-way traffic,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach, Marine Safety Unit Savannah commander.

12 Oct 2016

Georgia's Ports Back in Action

Containership MSC Kleven sails up river to the Port of Savannah after the Savannah River reopened following Hurricane Matthew in Savannah, Ga., Wednesday, Oct.12, 2016. Nine vessels worked at the Garden City Terminal on Wednesday. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

After being closed last week due to Hurricane Matthew, the Savannah River channel has reopened for commercial traffic Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., with 11 vessels transiting the channel by mid-afternoon, nine of which will be worked at Garden City Terminal and two at Ocean Terminal, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) reported. By the end of the day, the Garden City Terminal was working nine vessels, moving nearly 800 containers per hour, with an anticipated 7,800 container moves for the day.

09 Oct 2014

GPA Marks 13 Percent 1Q Growth

Harbor deepening moves into construction phase. On the heels of a state-federal agreement allowing the Savannah Harbor deepening to begin, the GPA has posted nearly 13 percent growth in container traffic for the first quarter of the fiscal year. "September's outstanding cargo volume continued a trend of double-digit growth," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. Since July, the Port of Savannah has moved 891,408 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), an increase of 102,122 units. September cargo grew at the same rate, with the Port of Savannah moving 295,698 TEUs, up 33,876 (12.9 percent) compared to the same month a year ago. Release of the positive cargo numbers comes after the signing of a cost sharing agreement between Georgia and the U.S.

26 Jun 2014

NNS Supports SCA Welding Education Program

Welder at work: File photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries informs that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has donated training materials to the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance (SCA) for a welding program in Allendale County, S.C. The SCA's Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Program has already provided 47 students with welding training. The SCA is now working to expand the program by implementing curricula developed and used by Newport News Shipbuilding. In addition to the training materials presented to the SCA today…

23 May 2014

WRRDA Spurs Savannah Harbor Expansion

A containership makes its way up the Savannah River to the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City container terminal in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen Morton)

The U.S. Senate’s passage of the federal Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) has cleared the way for construction to begin on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The House passed identical legislation on Tuesday. Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz called the bill’s passage a critical milestone. “Today’s action is an important step toward better accommodating the larger vessels that are the new standard in global shipping,” said Foltz.

22 Jan 2014

Newport News Shipbuilding Opens S.C. Office

Aiken office opening: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announce that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has opened a field office in Aiken, S.C., as part of its continuing efforts to expand the company's business in the Department of Energy and commercial energy markets. NNS leadership joined community leaders to officially open the office with a ribbon-cutting event (see photo). HII explain that the Aiken office will provide a location from which NNS will manage jobs currently under contract in the area and pursue additional opportunities in the energy industry.

25 Nov 2013

GPA Achieves Records in Total Tonnage, Autos

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 positive signs that Georgia's ports are moving in the right direction," said Foltz. Georgia ports moved a record 2.54 million tons of cargo during October – a 22% increase over the same month a year ago. The Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick and Savannah’s Ocean Terminal combined to move a record 62,343 units of automobiles and heavy machinery in October, for an increase of 10,045 or 19.2% over October 2012.

16 Sep 2013

Biden: U.S. Harbors Must be Deepened

GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and GPA’s Executive Director Curtis Foltz in front of the Maersk vessel Atlanta, Monday at the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal. The officials gathered just before Vice President Joe Biden shared remarks at the Port of Savannah. (GPA photo/Luke Smith)

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, Congressman Jack Kingston, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson accompanied the vice president on the tour. “I appreciate the opportunity to show Vice President Biden the Port of Savannah firsthand…

29 May 2013

NNS Appoints John Temple V-P at SRNS

John Temple: Photo credit HII

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) appoints John Temple as Vice President of Contracts Management for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII ) announce that John Temple has been promoted to vice president of contracts management for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) –  a joint partnership between Newport News Shipbuilding, Fluor Corp. and Honeywell that manages operations of the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.

30 May 2013

Savannah Harbor Expansion Clears Court Hurdle

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel accepted the settlement agreement between all parties involved in the mediation over the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) in an order that dismissed the federal litigation pending against the proposed deepening of the harbor channel. “We appreciate the patience and persistence of former Congressman Spratt and federal Magistrate Hendricks who worked throughout the mediation process ordered by Judge Gergel to bring this litigation to a successful conclusion,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. Parties to the mediation included the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Savannah Riverkeeper, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, the U.S.

02 Apr 2013

Additional $50 Million Approved for Savannah Port Deepening

The $50 million in additional port deepening funds proposed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has been approved by the state legislature and now awaits the governor’s signature. Along with previous funding, Georgia has allocated $231.1 million toward the state’s portion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). Deepening the Savannah Harbor from 42 to 47 feet will accommodate an increase in the number of super-sized container vessels transiting the Panama Canal after its 2015 expansion. With a deeper channel, larger and more heavily laden ships can arrive and depart with greater scheduling flexibility. These “Post Panamax” vessels will mean lower shipping costs per container slot.

08 Aug 2011

GPA Renews Partnership with ACP

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,’ we are…

09 Feb 2012

Grounded Containership Refloated in Savannah

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Ga., investigates vessel grounding on Savannah River. The Coast Guard is investigating the grounding of an 859-foot container ship on the Savannah River, Wednesday. Savannah Pilots reported the UASC Khor Fakkan, an 859-foot container ship, had run aground near Elba Island during inbound transit up the Savannah River at approximately 4 a.m., Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Charleston established a safety zone with a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tybee Island, Ga., until the vessel was refloated at approximately 6:40 a.m.

30 Sep 2009

$42M in Grants for Ferry Docks & Facilities

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $42m in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Congress authorized the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Program was created to fund ferry boat projects that provide critical access to areas that lack other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists. Program funds can be used for capital improvements to existing ferry operations which could increase the number of riders, relieve congestion or address environmental or significant operational concerns. The projects include funding…

06 Nov 2012

GPA Gets Go-Ahead for Savannah Harbor Expansion

(Photo: GPA)

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has received final approval for its harbor deepening, which will allow the Port of Savannah to more efficiently serve Post-Panamax vessels and lower shipping costs for containerized trade by $213 million a year. Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy issued the Record of Decision Oct. 26, approving the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). “The Record of Decision affirms that this is a project of national significance,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “It is a major milestone culminating what has been a 15-year effort.

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