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

  • 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)
  • Isle of Hope students display their winning submissions for an art contest coordinated by the Georgia Ports Authority and the Port of Shimizu, Japan. From left are Kylah Adams, seventh grade; Ayat Lara, first grade; Noa Harris, fifth grade; Brysen Mckinley, sixth grade and Layla Morris, third grade. Not pictured, Trinity Brisbane, eighth-grade. (Photo courtesy GPA)
  • Farley

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.

In addition to visiting successful programs and working with Pastor Andy Krey at the Maritime Bethel Savannah, Nick has come up with a unique fundraiser for the program.

Specially made 16G flash drives in the form of a Liberty Ship are now available for a minimum $20 donation to the PWC. The drives contain a wealth of material on World War II and the Liberty ships – many of them built in Savannah – that helped win the Battle of the Atlantic. There’s also a fascinating story about German U-boat commander Fritz Lemp and the unwitting help he provided to the Allies.

This information can, of course, be transferred off the drive, leaving a full 16 gigabytes for storage.

Farley has 250 of the drives to sell and – because an anonymous donor paid for production costs – hopes to make at least $5,000 to help the merchant mariners who come in to the Port of Savannah.

Those mariners have two main requests, Farley said – to communicate with family while in port and to get off the ship, even if it’s only for a trip to Wal-Mart.

“If you’ve ever had cabin fever during a rainy weekend, just imagine what it’s like to be at sea for months and months without setting foot on dry land,” he said.

If you’re interested in a flash drive, you can contact Nick at sixpenny@comcast.net.

Ports honor young artists

Students at the Isle of Hope School were honored Tuesday for their award-winning submissions to an art contest coordinated by the Georgia Ports Authority and the Port of Shimizu, Japan.

For the past seven years, Isle of Hope students have entered themed art projects into the competition. In-school coordinator and art teacher Magen Peigelbeck said this year’s projects focused on Japanese culture and things found in the Savannah community, such as ocean life.

The winners, determined by a panel of GPA employees, each receive a certificate and a shippo yaki —a decorative Japanese enameled tile — provided by the Port of Shimizu. A similar contest is held each year in Shimizu for which the Port of Savannah provides certificates and kaleidoscopes.

This year’s local winners are:

This year’s winners are:First Grade - Ayat Lara for “Koi Fish” (mixed media on paper)

Third Grade - Layla Morris for “Jellyfish” (mixed media on paper)

Fifth Grade - Noa Harris for “Bonsai Trees” (wire, plaster and beads)

Sixth Grade - Brysen McKinley for “Mandalas” (cardboard and acrylic paint)

Seventh Grade - Kylah Adams for “Paper Koi” (mixed media on paper)

Eighth Grade - Trinity Brisbane for “Fish wind chimes” (clay)

Peigelbeck said the contest highlights the importance of Savannah’s port and community as well as a global partnership with Japan.

“The partnership with GPA is always supporting the arts and we look forward to this contest every year,” she said. “It fosters a wonderful international relationship.”

30 hours in 3 minutes

With the help of aerial and time-lapse photography, Georgia Ports has produced a three-minute You Tube video that chronicles the 30 hours the COSCO Development was in port last week. If you missed all the fanfare then - or even if you didn’t - it’s well worth a look. Access it here:

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 YM UNITY Today

GTC NORTHERN MAGNUM Today

GCT EVER LAUREL Today

GCT MOL MISSION Today

GCT MSC MARINA Today

GCT CMA CGM CORAL Today

GCT SAINT NIKOLAOS Today

GCT CHARLESTON EXPRESS Today

OT TAMESIS Today

GCT MEHUIN Saturday

GCT CMA CGM LOIRE Saturday

GCT NYK METEOR Saturday

GCT CMA CGM LA TRAVIATA Saturday

OT INDEPENDENCE II Saturday

GCT YANKUL SILVER Sunday

GCT EBONY RAY Sunday

GCT MSC CHARLESTON Sunday

GCT LLOYD DON CARLOS Sunday

GCT MSC MARIA ELENA Sunday

GCT AXEL MAERSK Sunday

GCT MSC KALAMATA Sunday

GCT CAPE TAINARO Sunday

OT TALISMAN Sunday

OT TTM SUCCESS Sunday

GCT MAERSK GIRONDE Monday

GCT MAERSK ATLANTA Monday

GCT MSC VAISHNAVI R. Monday

GCT ZIM LIVORNO Monday

GCT MSC MONICA Monday

GCT ZIM ALABAMA Tuesday

GCT MAERSK SURABAYA Tuesday

GCT ARICA Tuesday

GCT WASHINGTON EXPRESS Tuesday

GCT APL HOLLAND Tuesday

GCT MAERSK KAWASAKI Tuesday

GCT MSC MELISSA Wednesday

GCT MOL MATRIX Wednesday

GCT ARIAN Wednesday

GCT ORCA I Wednesday

GCT NEVZAT KALKAVAN Thursday

GCT MAERSK KOKURA Thursday

GCT WIDUKIND Thursday

GCT NYK RUMINA Thursday

GCT SEASPAN DALIAN Thursday

GCT BROTONNE BRIDGE Thursday

OT BAHRI JAZAN Thursday

OT STAR ISMENE Thursday

OT GRANDE GABON Thursday

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