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Logistics summit puts Savannah in spotlight

David “Fish” Mihuta has been involved in logistics most of his life, long enough to remember when it was just known as transportation.

Rayonier to acquire Canadian firm Tembec Inc.

Jacksonville-based Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. and Montreal-based Tembec Inc. this week announced a definitive agreement under which Rayonier will acquire Tembec, providing the combined company with leading and complementary positions in key high purity cellulose end-uses and diversified earning streams from packaging, paper, high-yield pulp and forest products businesses.

Rayonier Advanced Materials Chairman, President and CEO Paul G. Boynton, left, shakes hands with Tembecs President and CEO James Lopez. (PRNewsfoto/Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc)

Savannah’s maritime community honors its own

It’s a springtime ritual repeated each May in Savannah and at ports around the country as Propeller Club members gather to celebrate National Maritime Day.

U.S Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach was named Maritime Person of the Year. Beach will be promoted to captain June 30. (Mary Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Trump budget holds $50 million for Savannah harbor deepening

The Port of Savannah was one of two big harbor deepening winners in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018, garnering more than $50 million of the $108 million the administration has proposed for harbor deepening. Georgia Ports Authority will share the total with allocation with the Port of Boston in what is close to a 50-50 split.

Savannah Maritime group graduates fifth class of logistics interns

The Maritime Logistics Education Taskforce has graduated its fifth class of logistics interns, partnering with four school systems and 20 business partners to give area high school students real-time experience in one of the area’s fastest-growing industries.

MLET intern Cade Layser of Woodville Tompkins High School in Savannah received high marks from his bosses at, where he will begin working full time in the fall. (Photo courtesy

Passenger numbers soar at Savannah airport as officials target Florida market

After posting record passenger statistics for 2016, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is rewriting the record books so far in 2017.

World Trade Center Savannah to offer seminar on export compliance

World Trade Center Savannah will offer a one-day seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at at its Hutchinson Island location.

PortSide: ‘Liberty ship’ flash drives support work of Savannah’s Port Welfare Committee

Retired English seafarer Nick Farley, who now makes Savannah his home, has been working tirelessly to get the new Savannah Ports Welfare Committee up and running since the group was formed last summer.

Specially made 16G flash drives in the form of a Liberty Ship are now available for a minimum $20 donation to the PWC. (Savannah Morning News)

Savannah airport live drill simulates plane crash

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, along with various emergency agencies in the area, completed a full-scale airport emergency plan exercise on Tuesday morning.

A live emergency drill at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Tuesday morning simulated the “crash” of an Airbus A319 into a field southeast of runway 19. The FAA requires full-scale live drills every three years. (Photo courtesy Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)

Futuristic-looking, Savannah-made JCB machines star in ‘Alien: Covenant’

When the cult feature film “Alien: Covenant” premieres Friday in theaters around the nation, it will showcase some surprising stars from right here in Savannah.

Savannah-built JCB skid-steer loaders get a futuristic look for the movie, “Alien: Covenant,” opening Friday in theaters around the country. (Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox)

Memorial’s medical school affiliation an attractive perk for HCA

As Hospital Corporation of America settles in to its 60-day due diligence period before formalizing the purchase of Memorial University Medical Center and all its assets, it’s clear what the $710 million deal brings to the Savannah-based hospital that serves a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina.

Deal welcomes record-setting container ship to GPA

With the stern of the massive COSCO Development as a backdrop Friday, Gov. Nathan Deal welcomed the largest container ship ever to sail to the East Coast, calling the big ship’s visit the beginning of a new chapter of growth for Georgia’s ports.

Six container cranes work in the background as Gov. Nathan Deal welcomes the COSCO Development to Savannah in a ceremony at the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City dock. The cranes will handle 5,500 containers, a record for Georgia’s Ports. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Portside: Maritime village brings massive container ship in, out of port

If you think bringing in a big container ship — especially one the size of the 1,200-foot-long COSCO Development, which sailed into port Thursday morning — is just a matter of coming in, docking, moving containers off and on and then sailing out, you’d be right, in a sense.

The COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, sails down the Savannah River to the Georgia Ports Authority’s container port in Garden City. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

VIDEO: Massive ship successfully docks at Savannah port

The COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, arrived at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal on Thursday morning, ushering in a new era of big ships that are expected to become the norm for the country’s fourth-largest container port.

The COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, sails under the Talmadge Bridge on its way to the Georgia Ports Authority’s container port in Garden City. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Largest container ship ever to call on the East Coast arrives in Savannah on Thursday

The COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, is on its way to Savannah, ushering in an era of big ships that is expected to become more the norm than the exception for the country’s fourth-largest container port.

The COSCO Development sailed through the expanded locks of the Panama Canal with little room to spare last week. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority)

Colonial Group updates SEDA board on progress of Savannah Yacht Center

With the passage of legislation earlier this year giving yacht owners the same tax incentives for repair and service work in Georgia that they already get in Florida, Colonial Group’s Savannah Yacht Center on Lathrop Avenue is beginning to take shape

Third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft takes off from Savannah

The third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft successfully completed its first flight Friday, taking off at 8:51 a.m. from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport and flying for a total of 4 hours and 35 minutes before returning.

The third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft takes off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Friday morning. (Gulfstream photo)

Great Dane named Georgia Manufacturer of Year

Great Dane Trailers in Statesboro was named Georgia Manufacturer of the Year in the category of 150-500 employees at a luncheon in Atlanta last week. The company is headquartered in Savannah.

Portside: GPA celebrates Arbor Day, gets lift from Trump budget

In honor of national Arbor Day last Friday, the Georgia Ports Authority held a special tree-planting ceremony at Garden City Terminal to replace a historic oak lost during Hurricane Matthew last year.