Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a new inland port agreement with the Georgia Ports Authority and Cordele Intermodal Services. Georgia Ports Authority officials say the deal, which will be signed Wednesday afternoon in Cordele, will help create and expand international markets for regional businesses.
After years of battling between environmental groups and federal officials, a federal judge in South Carolina has approved a settlement allowing Savannah's harbor deepening to proceed. The settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleson allows the project to move forward with additional protections for water quality.
Georgia Ports Authority officials say a record 2.4 million tons of cargo moved through the state's ports in April. Officials say April's record is an increase of about 108,530 tons over the same time period last year. In a release Monday, GPA officials said the state's ports also saw a 4 percent increase in container traffic in April.
The Georgia Ports Authority is making an Arbor Day promise to protect some ancient live oak trees at the site of one of America's busiest shipping terminals. Officials at the Port of Savannah planned Friday to place a plaque at the foot of one of the oaks — a tree one expert has estimated is more than 360 years old.
The executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority says it is looking more likely that there will be a longshoremen’s strike against 15 ports along the east coast. That could have a ripple effect on businesses across the state.
Governor Nathan Deal said Monday he will be proposing more state money to help pay for the deepening of the Savannah port. Deal told the Georgia Ports Authority he plans to include an additional $50 million in his budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in July.
Two new refrigerated warehouses are promising to lower shipping costs for Georgia poultry exporters. The Port of Savannah in a few months will welcome two new cold storage facilities locating nearby. The freezers are important for Georgia's $13 billion poultry industry.
The Georgia Ports Authority says the state’s shipping terminals in Savannah and Brunswick are off to a promising start in the new fiscal year that started July 1. Overall tonnage of cargo moving through Savannah and Brunswick was up 5.6 percent to more than 4.5 million tons of imports and exports during the same two months.