The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to authorize spending for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. State officials hailed the vote as a major breakthrough for the state's top federal priority. But some opponents still say the nearly $700 million dollar project is far from a done deal.
On Wednesday, four new cranes began operating at the Port of Savannah. These cranes are some of the largest in the world. They are part of the port's efforts to be ready for large ships expected to sail through Savannah on route to the Panama Canal. GPB's Orlando Montoya got a behind-the-scenes tour from 140 feet in the air.
The Georgia Ports Authority is reporting another record year in auto imports. A rebound in the car and truck industry led to a nearly 12% increase in auto and machinery handling in the last fiscal year. Most of the agency's auto business is at the Port of Brunswick.
Gov. Nathan Deal is in Panama touring the major expansion underway of the Panama Canal and says the project there underscores the need for the Port of Savannah to deepen its shipping channel. Deal returns to Georgia on Tuesday.
US Army Under Secretary Joseph Westfal became the latest Obama administration official to voice support for a plan to deepen the port of Savannah yesterday. Westfal toured the port on a two-day trip to the the Georgia coast.
Jasper County officials are threatening to take over the Jasper Ocean Terminal project. They complain that the effort, overseen jointly by Georgia and South Carolina, is mired in never-ending studies. South Carolina officials say progress is being made.
The Georgia Ports Authority has set another record. Ports officials say for the fiscal year ending in June, they moved more cargo than ever. GPA counted a little more than 27 million tons of cargo in one year.