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.
The Georgia Ports Authority said Thursday business was up across the board last month at its shipping terminals in Savannah and Brunswick. The state agency said the ports moved 13 percent more cargo from the same month a year ago.
Federal negotiators have announced a new set of talks between shipping companies and dock workers along east coast ports, after they broke down last month. The conflict included disagreements with overtime rules and royalty payments.
The executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority says the state is likely to see a drop in exports as Asia’s economy begins to slow down. This comes on the heels of what had been a record rise in some exports.
A federal judge says that both the Georgia Ports Authority and a South Carolina agency overseeing activities in the Savannah River may take part in a $650 million lawsuit challenging the deepening of the river shipping channel. But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also denied a motion Tuesday to expand the lawsuit to deal with what South Carolina environmental laws pertain to the project.
The Georgia Ports Authority wants to enter a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel. The authority also wants to block the Savannah River Maritime Commission, a South Carolina state agency, from being involved in the case.
Georgia Port Authority officials are reporting record tonnage numbers for the fiscal year that ended in June. Total non-containerized cargo jumped about 16% from the previous fiscal year. The dock at Colonel's Island reported a 19% growth in auto and machinery traffic.
Georgia ports received record volumes in the 2012 fiscal year for total tonnage and the amount of containers and autos that came through the ports. The ports boosted overall tonnage to 26.5 million for an increase of 561,038 tons.