Updated: Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:44

Broughton Street developer Ben Carter brings his yacht to town

<p node="media-caption">Brittney Lohmiller/Savannah Morning News </p><p node="media-caption">Broughton Street developer Ben Carter docked his private yacht, the Capricorn, at the Isle of Hope Marina.</p>

Brittney Lohmiller/Savannah Morning News

Broughton Street developer Ben Carter docked his private yacht, the Capricorn, at the Isle of Hope Marina.

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If you’ve driven or strolled down Bluff Drive recently, you’ve no doubt noticed the mega yacht docked at the Isle of Hope Marina. The privately owned, 140-foot motor yacht Capricorn can accommodate 12 guests in six luxury cabins and features a helipad, a cinema, Jacuzzis in the master cabin and upper deck, a captain and a crew of seven, including a chef.

If the picture looks familiar, maybe you also saw her docked on River Street during Savannah’s recent Fashion Week, where owner Ben Carter hosted a reception for the event’s sponsors.

“This is one of my two getaways,” Carter said, adding that the other is his farm in Madison.

“I used to have a 90-foot sailboat that my family and I took around the world,” he said. “It took about three years to complete.

“Next year, we’re going to do the same thing on the new boat.”

In a few days, the Capricorn will move to Thunderbolt Marine for maintenance work, then it’s up to New York and on to Newport, R.I., for the Newport Charter Yacht Show at the end of June.

“We do charter her occasionally when I’m not on board,” he said. “I think we did about a half-dozen charters last year.

“The Newport show is where brokers from all over the world get a chance to go aboard and tour the yacht, meet the captain and crew and familiarize themselves with the yacht so they can better match up clients,” said Savannahian Georgia Byrd, a charter broker with Nicholson Yachts Worldwide.

“Capricorn will be available some in the New England area through the end of the summer,” Byrd said. “She’s a beautiful yacht with all the amenities.”

And she can be yours for the low-season rate of $135,000 per week plus expenses, which include food and beverages, docking fees and fuel.


Drug bust at ports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s field operations team at the Port of Savannah recently seized some 346 pounds of cocaine from a shipping container at the Garden City Terminal.

Officers discovered 133 packages that contained a white powdery substance during inspections of shipping containers in mid-April. Field-tested samples proved positive for the properties of cocaine.

The estimated street value of the haul is more than $9 million.

“Most successful narcotics enforcement operations are the direct result of solid teamwork. This significant cocaine seizure is a great testament to the dedication, perseverance and resolve of our employees to keep these dangerous and deadly narcotics off of our communities’ streets,” said Lisa Beth M. Brown, Savannah Port Director for Customs and Border Patrol.

In November, Customs seized 6,400 pounds of a leafy substance that was identified as khat, a Schedule 1 narcotic. Listed on the ship’s manifest as tea, the khat’s estimated street value was about $1.7 million. Several people connected with the shipment were arrested.

The Savannah bust was the largest single khat seizure ever in the United States.

Both the cocaine and the khat seizures remain active investigations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations agents in Savannah.

Chief CBP Officer Melissa Mataxas declined to name the ship that brought in the cocaine, citing the ongoing investigation.

CBP routinely conducts random inspections operations on passengers and on sea and air cargo and searches for narcotics, currency, weapons and other prohibited or illicit products.


Young artists recognized

For six years now, the Port of Savannah and Isle of Hope Elementary have conducted a student art contest in cooperation with the Port of Shimizu, Japan.

Locally, Isle of Hope students enter themed art projects each year. The winners, who are determined by a panel of GPA employees, each receive a certificate and a decorative Japanese enameled porcelain tile provided by the Port of Shimizu.

A similar contest is held each year in Shimizu, where the winners receive certificates and kaleidoscopes from the Port of Savannah.

This year’s local winners were:

• Pre-K: Gianna Ruiz

• Second/Third Grade: Tashiyah David

• Fourth /Fifth Grade: Emily Nguyen

• Sixth Grade: Javon Harrison

• Seventh Grade: Isabelle Smith

• Eighth Grade: Aminata Luke

The in-school coordinator is art teacher Magen Peigelbeck.

 

Senior business writer Mary Carr Mayle covers the ports for Savannah Morning News and Savannahnow. Reach her at 912-652-0324 or mary.mayle@savannahnow.com.


SHIPPING SCHEDULE

Following are the ships expected to call on Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City and Ocean terminals this week. Schedules are supplied by GPA and are subject to change.

 

TERMINAL VESSEL ETA

GCT DUESSELDORF EXPRESS Today

GCT ZIM CONSTANZA Today

GCT AKRITAS Today

GCT MAERSK DHAHRAN Today

GCT ZIM PIRAEUS Today

GCT NYK RIGEL Today

GCT JO LOTUS Today

GCT MSC VANESSA Today

GCT OOCL SOUTHAMPTON Today

GCT WARNOW ORCA Today

OT GRANDE SIERRA LEONE Today

 

GCT NYK CONSTELLATION Saturday

GCT CMA CGM FLORIDA Saturday

GCT ALSIA SWAN Saturday

GCT HANJIN NORFOLK Saturday

GCT CMA CGM EIFFEL Saturday

OT CI YUN SHAN Saturday

 

GCT BERLIN EXPRESS Sunday

GCT MSC JUDITH Sunday

GCT CSAV LINGUE Sunday

GCT CSCL VANCOUVER Sunday

OT STAR LINDESNES Sunday

OT TIGER Sunday

OT ATLANTIC IMPALA Sunday

 

GCT FOWAIRET Monday

GCT NYK JOANNA Monday

GCT MSC DYMPHNA Monday

GCT ARNOLD MAERSK Monday

GCT VIRGINIA Monday

GCT JENNIFER RICKMERS Monday

GCT PHILADELPHIA EXPRESS Monday

GCT CHARLES DICKENS Monday

GCT HYUNDAI DYNASTY Monday

OT IOANNIS THEO Monday

OT ANJELIERSGRACHT Monday

OT WARNOW MERKUR Monday

 

GCT MSC MELISSA Tuesday

GCT EVER DIAMOND Tuesday

GCT MOL ENCORE Tuesday

GCT HANJIN MUNDRA Tuesday

 

GCT ZIM MONACO Wednesday

GCT MUSTAFA DAYI Wednesday

GCT NEW YORK TRADER Wednesday

GCT HS BACH Wednesday

GCT MOL PARTNER Wednesday

OT TULANE Wednesday

OT ASIAN DYNASTY Wednesday

 

GCT MERKUR BAY Thursday

GCT SAFMARINE BANDAMA Thursday

GCT MAERSK DENVER Thursday

GCT CSAV LARAQUETE Thursday

GCT BREMEN BRIDGE Thursday

GCT ZIM HAIFA Thursday

GCT YM ETERNITY Thursday

GCT MAERSK CAROLINA Thursday

GCT NYK DENEB Thursday

GCT MSC JOANNA Thursday

OT ATLANTIC PENDANT Thursday

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