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Mary Carr Mayle

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GPA tops 3.6 million containers for second year

Georgia Ports again topped 3.6 million 20-foot containers for fiscal 2016, coming close to matching the record 2015 numbers that included massive West Coast cargo diversions.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson visits Colonial Group

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, stopping by Colonial Group for a quick visit Monday, talked about business from the perspective of someone who’s been there, done that.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson speaks at a kaolin warehouse owned by the Colonial Group. Listening are Ron Engstrom, center, senior vice president and national political director for the U.S Chamber of Commerce and Chris Clark, right, CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Students rekindle history creating new Liberty ship

It’s almost a given these days that when we talk about ships in Savannah, we’re talking about the massive container ships that ply our river, dwarfing people and even buildings on their way to and from Garden City Terminal.

Savannah Tech's 'Oglethorpe Team' has been working for more than a year on this 13-foot, exact-scale model of the Liberty ship SS James Oglethorpe, which will be placed along the river in front of the Trade Center and dedicated to Savannah's shipbuilding efforts during World War II. From left, Bill Burns, head of welding and joining department; welding instructors Clay Laird and Robert Waters, welding students Jeremy Meyer, Ryan Thompson and Skylar Huggett. (Photos courtesy Savannah Technical College)

PortSide: Luncheon celebrates logistics industry

Last year’s inaugural Savannah Logistics Lunch was such a hit that organizers had to find a larger site for Thursday’s second annual event.

Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, speaks to Thursday's sold-out audience at the Savannah Logistics Lunch. (Photo by John Carrington for HunterMaclean)

Airlines' on-time rates up, customer complaints down

Ticket prices aside, passengers have had better overall experiences recently when taking to the skies, according to the latest air travel consumer report released last week by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

A Delta jet sits on the tarmac in Savannah. Delta ranks third overall in on-time arrival percentages, according to the Department of Transportation. (Photo courtesy of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)

3 finalists picked for new Hutchinson Island hotel. Is trade center growth next?

The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center is interviewing three hotel development companies interested in building a 300-room convention hotel on Hutchinson Island.

New Georgia Ports Authority boss making smooth transition

For someone who’s yet to turn 50, Griffith Lynch has a pretty impressive resume. With more than 25 years of terminal operations management — the last five as now-retired GPA executive director Curtis Foltz’s right hand — the Georgia Ports Authority’s new executive director is more than ready for the job.

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. (Georgia Ports Authority/Emily Goldman)

PortSide: MOL Benefactor ushers in a new era for Georgia Ports

It’s been barely more than two weeks since the first big container ship moved through the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal, but already Savannah has seen the difference.

Four ship-to-shore cranes were deployed Wednesday into Thursday morning to load the MOL Benefactor at the Port of Savannah. After moving more than 3,000 containers, the vessel sailed early Thursday. (Photo by Stephen B. Morton for GPA)

Savannah gets first big ship through expanded Panama Canal

The MOL Benefactor, the first vessel to call on Savannah through the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal, came into port at Garden City Terminal early this morning.

At a capacity of 10,100 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Benefactor is also the largest ship ever to call the Port of Savannah.

The MOL Benefactor is unloaded at the Global Terminal in Bayonne, N.J., on Friday, July 8, 2016. It is the first vessel to call on Savannah through the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal, and came into port at Garden City Terminal early this morning. (Chris Pedota/ via AP)

Qatar Airways orders three more Gulfstream jets

Qatar Airways and Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. kicked off the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Tuesday with the announcement of a new order for three new G650ERs, part of a long-range 30-aircraft sales agreement announced in May 2015 between the two companies.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport passenger numbers climbing

Passenger numbers at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport have been climbing of late, starting in 2015, when the airport topped 2 million passengers for the first time in nearly a decade.

Passengers are logging more than 200,000 flights a month in and out of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. (Photo courtesy Savannah Airport Commission)

Portside: National 3PL expands into Savannah

World Distribution Services, a leading provider of creative domestic and global supply chain solutions specializing in warehousing and logistics, has announced the opening of their new facility off Dean Forest Road near the Port of Savannah.

World Distribution Services has opened a new 100,000-square-foot warehouse near the Port of Savannah, creating what the company has called “a new hub for American commerce.” (Rendering courtesy WDS)

Georgia Ports awarded $44 million grant to expand rail, help traffic

The Georgia Ports Authority has received a $44 million “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” — or FAST — grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase rail capacity at the Port of Savannah.

Cargo is loaded onto rail cars in the Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal. The Mason ICTF serves Norfolk Southern, one of two on-terminal Class 1 rail providers at the Garden City Terminal. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah Tech to offer Historic Homeowners Academy

With the launch of its Historic Homeowners Academy this month, Savannah Technical College’s Center for Traditional Craft will offer weekend workshops for the public featuring visiting artisans skilled in such traditional building techniques as decorative plaster, brick making and stained glass.

Patrick Webb, a heritage and ornamental plasterer, will teach a weekend class as part of Savannah Tech's Visiting Artisans series. (Photo courtesy STC)

Local economy 'looking good,' buoyed by employment

While U.S. economic growth continued to slow during the first quarter of 2016, the Savannah Metro economy experienced accelerated growth, posting solid gains in employment and strength in all other sectors, according to the Coastal Empire Economic Monitor produced by Armstrong State University economist Michael Toma.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News – Michael Toma with the Armstrong Atlantic State Universty speaks at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon.

Portside: Savannah port wins national Environmental Protection Agency award

Curtis Foltz was green long before it was cool — or required. So it seems only appropriate that, as Foltz took his last bow as director of the Georgia Ports Authority Thursday, GPA’s Hope Moorer was returning from Washington D.C., where on Wednesday she accepted the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 Clean Air Excellence Award on behalf of the port for a project that Foltz began some four years ago.

Large rubber tire gantry cranes work the stacks on GPA's Garden City Terminal. Switching them from diesel to electric power reduces emissions by up to 95 percent. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Ads bring accusations against mayor to forefront

Hilton Head area businessman Calvin “Skip” Hoagland has issues with Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, issues he has publicly detailed in two full-page ads in Bluffton Today.

BankSouth a 'Top Community Bank'

For the fourth year in a row, BankSouth has been named a “Top Community Bank in the Nation” by Independent Community Bankers of America, an honor for which it is featured in the May issue of Independent Banker’s “Best of the Best” magazine.

Allegiant adds Newark/Savannah flights

Allegiant Air on Tuesday announced new nonstop service from Savannah to Newark’s Liberty International Airport, giving Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport direct access to all three major New York airports.

Savannah Tech's Culinary Institute to do educational exchange with France's Academy of Toulouse

Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah has selected five Culinary/Baking and Pastry Arts students to study at the Academy of Toulouse in France this fall.

Five Savannah Tech Culinary Baking and Pastry Arts students have been selected to study at the Academy of Toulouse in France this fall. From left are Megan Driggers, Hailey Maurer, Colby Todd, Jennifer Case, Rachel Peeples. (Savannah Technical College photo)