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.
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.
Vice President Joe Biden brought a sense of urgency to Savannah on Monday. The Vice President was in the coastal city to push for Congressional funding for the $600 million Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Georgia has been seeking to deepen the harbor for 17 years.
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.
When Congress returns to Washington from its August recess -- amid budget and debt-ceiling debates -- the House also must take up a bill that has big implications for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor: it would remove a cap on the cost of the project and allow work to begin.
Governor Nathan Deal signed an agreement in Southwest Georgia Wednesday aimed at boosting traffic at the Port of Savannah. The deal between Crisp County's Cordele Intermodal Services and the Georgia Ports Authority is part of state efforts to get more freight moving through the inland Port of Cordele.
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.
Georgia and South Carolina will spend $748,000 in the coming year to move forward with a proposed joint shipping terminal on the Savannah River, but local officials hungry for the jobs a new port would create complain the neighboring states are dragging their feet.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told coastal-area business leaders Thursday not to worry about the Savannah harbor deepening project. The $652 port expansion has languished because Congress and the White House haven't yet budgeted the bulk of the federal project's cost. Reed spoke at the Savannah Economic Development Authority's annual luncheon.
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.