Georgia ports officials are edging closer to beginning work on the long-planned expansion of the Port of Savannah. Dredging to deepen the port should begin by June, according to the chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority Board. Robert Jepson says he's confident work will be underway when he completes his term as chairman this summer.
Gov. Nathan Deal has included $50 million in this year’s state budget for the Savannah harbor deepening project. Port officials told lawmakers Wednesday the port’s strong performance in 2012 reaffirms the need for the project.
Atlanta's mayor says he believes a $600 million project to deepen Savannah's harbor will receive a "significant appropriation" this year from Washington, where he just paid a visit to the White House. Mayor Kasim Reed declined to give specifics about why he's so optimistic. He spoke with reporters Tuesday after addressing a seminar of port officials in Savannah.
Scientists at the Savannah River National Lab are working on a system designed to screen shipping containers for radioactive material as they enter sea ports. Officials say the new system is cheaper and easier to use than what is currently available.