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Mary Carr Mayle

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Buddy Carter leads efforts to get more funding for Savannah harbor deepening

It’s going to take more federal money to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on time and on track, said Georgia’s congressional delegation in a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee. The letter warned that underfunding the massive civil works project could cost the country more than $1 billion.

The 300 foot dredge Alaska works to deepen the shipping channel into the Port of Savannah. Part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, dredging of the outer harbor off Tybee Island began in September, 2015, and is now more than 60-percent complete. (GPA file photo by Stephen B. Morton)

Global marine fuel company launches Savannah operations

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., a global marine fuel logistics company, announced Monday the launch of a new service center in Savannah, home to the fourth-largest and fastest-growing container port in the country.

Economic Monitor: Q1 2017 brings strong rebound from Matthew’s effects

The Savannah metro economy returned to healthy growth in the first quarter of 2017, exhibiting substantial strength as the effects of Hurricane Matthew began to quickly dissipate.

Savannahs ports have been on a record-setting tear for the first part of 2017, with each month setting records for volume handled. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Perdue chooses Savannah as backdrop for preliminary NAFTA talks

By all accounts, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue hit one out of the park when the now-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture played host to the agriculture ministers of Canada and Mexico in Savannah this week.

From left, Georgia Ports Authority Board Chair Jimmy Allgood and GPA executive director Griff Lynch welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada to Garden City Container Terminal, as the 11,300-TEU containership CMA CGM Lyra works in the background. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Optim finds last-minute buyer for Millen hospital

Savannah-based Optim Health System has sold its medical facility in Millen to GA Medical Holdings Corp., just days before the 25-bed “critical access” hospital was slated to close, Georgia Health News reported this week.

USDA Secretary Perdue hosts Canadian, Mexican counterparts in Savannah

On a day the Commerce Department announced the U.S. trade deficit rose to its highest level in a year during the first quarter, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue set the table for NAFTA renegotiations, hosting the agricultural ministers of Canada and Mexico in Savannah for their first trilateral talks on the issue.

Sonny Perdue

Savannah airport sets new record for passenger numbers

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport welcomed 236,923 passengers in May, breaking last month’s record for April of 223,402 and setting an all-time record as the busiest month in SAV history.

Savannah Trade Center business challenges records

With just a month left in fiscal 2017, Savannah’s International Trade & Convention Center is performing at its highest level ever, with hotel-room nights in the city’s convention district approaching the record set in 2004 when the G-8 Summit was in town.

Ag Sec. Perdue to host Mexican, Canadian counterparts here

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will host Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa in Savannah on Tuesday a trilateral meeting as well as other joint events.

Portside: How one simple box revolutionized global shipping

Although they’ve only been around for 60 years or so — a mere blip on the vast timeline of global shipping — it’s hard to imagine the highways and byways of our busy port community without intermodal shipping containers.

This graphic was made for “America on the Move” to illustrate how containers are used interchangably among all surface modes of transport - water, roads, and rail. It is a greatly simplified rendering of a complex system. (From the Smithsonian Collection on loan to the National Museum of American History)

Savannah summit to address container cargo theft

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, cargo theft activity around the Port of Savannah has escalated since the first of the year.

GPA’s Garden City Terminal volumes continue to grow

First it was the 13,000-TEU COSCO Development, her massive bulk cutting a huge swath through the Savannah River as she made her way from the offshore sea buoy to Garden City Terminal, delighting scores of ship-watchers from Tybee to River Street who turned out to see largest container ship ever to call on the East Coast.

More than 9,500 TEUs were moved on and off of the OOCL France, one of two 13,000-plus TEU vessels to call the Port of Savannah within 21 days. The arrival of larger vessels helped contribute to a record-breaking month for the Georgia Ports Authority. (GPA Photo)

Local best friends take fashion expertise to web, pop-ups

Best friends Mandy O’Dell and Allison Seferian met nearly two decades ago when both were working for Savannah-based urban fashion retailer Citi Trends – Ally as a vice president and Mandy as a major fashion buyer.

Georgia Ports sets container record for May

The Georgia Ports Authority announced Tuesday that it handled more than 350,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, last month, setting another record for containers handled in a single month.

World Distribution Services growing Savannah footprint

Ohio-based World Distribution Services has moved its Savannah operations into a larger and newly built warehousing and distribution facility close to the Port of Savannah, the Gateway of American Commerce.

The recently completed WDS warehouse and cross-dock facility is larger and closer to the port. (Mary Carr Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Largest container ship set to sail from Savannah at 9 a.m. Saturday

The OOCL France, the largest container ship ever to call on the East Coast, is expected to leave the Port of Savannah Saturday morning at 9 a.m., sailing for Charleston.

Portside: The need for seafarer welfare services grows with Savannah ports

As the Port of Savannah continues to get busier, it’s a logical follow that the fledgling Savannah Port Welfare Committee is seeing an increased need to reach out to the approximately 70,000 seafarers who call on the port annually.

People on River Street watch as the OOCL France arrives in Savannah Thursday afternoon. The 1,203 feet long and 159 feet wide cargo ship is the largest ship to arrive in Savannah since the Development. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah firm chosen to build hotel in Beaufort

Collins Construction Inc. of Savannah has been selected to build a 99-room Home 2 Suites by Hilton Hotel at 12 County Shed Road in Beaufort. Construction is expected to begin immediately.

Collins Construction Inc. of Savannah has been selected to build the Home 2 Suites by Hilton Hotel at 12 County Shed Road in Beaufort. (Submitted photo)

Next record-breaking ship due in port Thursday

Eventually, the sight of huge container ships gliding up the Savannah River will become so commonplace as to warrant barely a notice. But for now, ship watchers and tourists along the riverfront are getting ready to greet the latest record-breaking container vessel.

The OOCL France moves into the locks at the Panama Canal last week, breaking the COSCO Development’s record as the largerst ship to transit the new locks. The France, which can hold nearly 14,000 itwenty-foot container units, will call on the Port of Savannah Thursday. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority)

Allegiant Honors offers free perks for active, retired military families

Allegiant Air last week announced its Allegiant Honors program, designed to support and thank U.S. active duty and retired military for their service with select free perks on flights, including those to and from Savannah.

Photo courtesy Savannah Airport Commission Allegiant Air, which offers nonstop, low-cost flights from Savannah to nine destinations, now includes an honors program that provides active-duty and retired military personnel and their families even deeper discounts.