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Seasoned ILA veteran, community leader Tim Mackey takes reins of Local 1414

Mention Tim Mackey’s name to almost any longtime Savannahian and the most likely description you’ll get is “community leader.”

A tireless volunteer for a variety of organizations, Mackey has put his business skills to use on the city of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals, the Metropolitan Planning Commission and the boards of the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

It’s experience that has served him well in his day-to-day job as a member of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1414 — one of the three union locals that keep goods moving through the Port of Savannah at the speed of commerce.

Mackey, who was secretary of Local 1414 for nearly 15 years before being elected president of the 1,500-member group late last year, graduated from Beach High School at 16, earned a bachelor’s degree at Tuskegee University and a master’s at the University of Massachusetts.

A 30-year veteran of the dockworkers’ group, Mackey said that background, coupled with his community involvement, should serve him well as he takes on his latest challenge.

“All of these experiences shaped, molded and helped make me who I am today,” he said.

“Service in the ILA and on the community boards provided knowledge and understanding of how a city is run, how industry operates, and how decisions are made and executed.

I learned what is needed to make Savannah successful in all of its different facets and how to work with people of different backgrounds.”

As president of one of the busiest and most respected ILA locals in the country, Mackey said his focus now is on workforce development and training to ensure ILA members are ready and able to handle the volumes projected to come across the docks in the next years.

“Savannah’s advantage is an abundance of young people yearning for opportunity,” he said. “The shipping community has the ability to tap into this tremendous resource, and to partner with local schools, colleges, city and county government — all working toward achieving a trained, educated workforce. This will help propel Savannah into the future by carrying out the mission of workforce development.”

Training is something that shouldn’t just cover the obvious skill sets, such as truck driving and equipment handling, but also the new technologies that will be increasingly required to meet the needs of an evolving industry, Mackey said, adding that the Port of Savannah is an economic engine that fuels the entire state and beyond.

“Our continued success will require broad partnerships,” he said.

“We need to maintain close ties with the port, the port industry — including shippers and other port users — and the community,” he said.

Senior business reporter Mary Carr Mayle covers the ports for the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow. She can be reached at 912-652-0324 or at mary.mayle@savannahnow.com.

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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 MSC DONATA Today

GCT MAERSK WESTPORT Today

GCT NORTHERN MAGNUM Today

GCT JULIETTE RICKMERS Today

GCT MSC PINA Today

GCT CAFER DEDE Today

OT MP ULTRAMAX 2 Today

GCT OOCL HAMBURG Saturday

GCT MAIPO Saturday

GCT PHILADELPHIA EXPRESS Saturday

GCT HYUNDAI SATURN Saturday

OT GLOBAL GARNET Saturday

OT GROUSE ARROW Saturday

OT BAHRI HOFUF Saturday

GCT MSC MAUREEN Sunday

GCT MSC ALESSIA Sunday

GCT MAERSK KOKURA Sunday

GCT MOL MISSION Sunday

GCT EVER LEGEND Sunday

GCT CORNELIA MAERSK Sunday

GCT CMA CGM FLORIDA Sunday

GCT CMA CGM TANCREDI Sunday

OT ESSEX STRAIT Sunday

GCT MAERSK ATLANTA Monday

GCT MSC KOREA Monday

GCT MSC ANISHA R. Monday

GCT COSCO NINGBO Monday

GCT PERFORMANCE Tuesday

GCT CMA CGM CORAL Tuesday

GCT NYK NEBULA Tuesday

GCT CLARICE Wednesday

GCT ZIM TEXAS Wednesday

GCT TAMMO Wednesday

OT TIJUCA Wednesday

GCT HARRIER HUNTER Thursday

GCT MSC PAMELA Thursday

GCT OAKLAND EXPRESS Thursday

GCT SEA-LAND METEOR Thursday

GCT MSC KARLSKRONA Thursday

GCT OOCL SEOUL Thursday

GCT EVER LAUREL Thursday

GCT MSC KLEVEN Thursday

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