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.
It's time for the executive in charge of Georgia's seaports to give his annual update on the shipping business in Savannah. Curtis Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, was scheduled to deliver his State of the Port speech Thursday.
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.
Israeli business leaders are in Savannah through Tuesday on a trade mission. But it's also part of a larger international push in the coastal city. Last year Savannah's Economic Development Authority formed a World Trade Center in Savannah. And other local officials created an International Alliance. Both are aimed squarely at boosting trade around the world.
The Port of Savannah re-opened to ship traffic shortly before noon Monday after being closed since Saturday night because of high winds. It was not immediately known how many ships were delayed because of the closure. Former Tropical Storm Beryl has become a depression with winds dying down. Still, it is soaking the region and ruined holiday plans along the Georgia and Florida coasts.
About 350,000 Georgia workers owe their jobs in some way to the Georgia ports. A report released by the University of Georgia says, 1-in-12 Georgia jobs is port-dependent. Critics say, the figures are inflated, counting every Wal-Mart greeter and store clerk as port-dependent since they work at a company that uses the ports.
Fourteen majestic ships recalling a bygone age of ocean travel have transformed Savannah's bustling port into a harbor of yore. The Tall Ships Challenge officially got underway on Thursday. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to view the ships on River Street. Many will tour the vessels and take cruises. The festival continues through Monday.
Fourteen majestic tall ships are temporarily transforming Savannah's historic waterfront into a harbor of yore. The old-style sailing vessels are docking in Savannah for the Tall Ships Challenge. It's the first time in 15 years the city has hosted a tall ships festival.
Georgia's business and political leaders eagerly awaited this week's final report on Savannah harbor deepening. But while it's the US Army Corps of Engineers' last word on the project, it's not the last word in the public debate over whether the deepening should happen. The agency next week will open a comment period.