Truck drivers who haul goods in and out of the Port of Savannah are planning their second protest in several months for Tuesday morning. This time, they’re calling on Georgia Ports Authority officials to meet with drivers to discuss their requests for better working conditions, including better pay and benefits. Ben Speight is a Teamsters union organizer. He says many drivers feel ignored by the Georgia Ports Authority.
Soon, ships sailing through the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick will get to their destinations a little bit slower. That’s because of a federal regulation to protect the endangered right whale. Officials are now enforcing a speed limit for ships, designed to protect the whales during their winter birthing season.
While Christmas toys wait safely under the tree for their big day later this month, you might be surprised to learn how much testing they went through before they hit the shelves. Some of the testing that makes sure those gifts are child-ready goes on right here in Georgia. In the port city of Savannah, a new facility has opened to test all types of products coming into the U.S. Chemists in the lab have found some surprising violations, including candy laced with cocaine and stuffed animals stuffed with arsenic.
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.