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The Georgia Ports Authority is reporting another month of record growth, in part because of larger cargo ships arriving in Savannah via the expanded Panama Canal.

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Griff Lynch, the authority's executive director, said Monday the Savannah and Brunswick seaports handled 2.94 million tons of cargo in February — up nearly 10 percent from the same month last year. It was also their second-highest monthly tonnage ever. That record was set in January.

Five miles from the Port of Savannah, developers will add five million square feet of storage space on 500 acres of land recently sold by the Georgia Ports Authority.
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The Georgia Ports Authority recently sold 500 acres of land for a private developer to build warehousing, distribution and transload facilities.

This is in response to growing demand from businesses for more storage space. The Georgia Ports Authority said it expects this sale will help it get closer to becoming a U.S. gateway port.

In 2015, more than 10.3 percent of all U.S. container exports left from the Port of Savannah.

The Port of Savannah is poised to rapidly increase service to an arc of inland markets, from Atlanta to Memphis, to St. Louis, Chicago and the Ohio Valley. Key to expanding rail service is a $128M project linking Garden City Terminal’s two rail yards.
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The Georgia Ports Authority says one of its top priorities this year is building what it calls the "Mid-American Arc."

It's a $128 million project that would connect the CSX and Norfolk Southern rail yards leaving the Port of Savannah.

The arc project will double rail capacity in Savannah and improve its link to Atlanta and cities in the Midwest.

The Georgia Ports Authority said more than 3.4 million container units moved through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick in 2016.
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Georgia's ports are on track to declare this year as their second busiest ever.

The increase in traffic volume was a surprise turnaround for the state.

With the exception of February, during the first half of this year both imports and exports moving through Georgia ports were down from last year.

 The container ship Zim Istanbul makes it's way up the Savannah River past historic River Street in Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, to the Port of Savannah.
Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Total cargo moving through Georgia's seaports dipped over the past 12 months after volumes reached record-smashing levels in fiscal 2015, the Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday.

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Gov. Nathan Deal is calling a completed expansion of the Panama canal a "historic moment" for Georgia.

Georgia Ports Authority chairman Jimmy Allgood and other state officials attended Sunday's opening of the $5.25 billion expansion. Officials say the expansion will also allow larger ships to pass, increasing efficiency.

Deal says the Port of Savannah is a top East Coast trading partner with the Panama canal.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

The Georgia Ports Authority approved $7.5 million on Monday for the first big steps toward building a new seaport terminal on the Savannah River, to be operated jointly with South Carolina.

Both states have spent years discussing, studying and debating the proposed $4.5 billion Jasper Ocean Terminal, which would occupy 1,500 acres in Jasper County, South Carolina, not far from downtown Savannah. South Carolina is expected to commit its $7.5 million share, and together that money will be spent preparing for the required permits over the next three years.

The chief executive of the Georgia Ports Authority said Wednesday he plans to step down this summer after leading the state agency during six years of explosive growth at the seaports of Savannah and Brunswick.

Curtis J. Foltz, the port authority's executive director, announced his decision during a specially called meeting of the agency's governing board. He plans to leave at the end of the current fiscal year, on June 30.

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The Port of Brunswick is set to receive $152 million from the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), to help keep up with the Southeast’s growing automobile manufacturing industry.

The Port of Savannah gets a lot of attention for its more than $600 million expansion, but Brunswick’s port is important to the Southeast because of its specialty: shipping and receiving cars.

Republican Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania
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The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation Committee says raising the federal gas tax is off the table, but he’s still confident a long-term transportation bill will pass Congress this year.

Republican Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania said Tuesday that he thinks the funding idea that has the strongest chance of making it through Congress is what some senators call "repatriation."

 The container ship Zim Istanbul makes it's way up the Savannah River past historic River Street in Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, to the Port of Savannah.
Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Georgia's seaports handled record-breaking cargo volumes in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year in part because of labor disputes that have bogged down trade on the West Coast.

The Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday that overall cargo tonnage in Savannah and Brunswick was up nearly 7 percent in the six-month period from July 1 through Dec. 31. Savannah, the nation's fourth-busiest container port, handled 1.75 million cargo containers, an increase of more than 13 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Jason Carter Blasts Gov. Deal Over Donations From Appointees

Aug 22, 2014

State Sen. Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor, cried foul Friday over a report showing members of three state boards donated big sums to Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign.

At a press conference in front of the state Capitol, Carter called the report disturbing and said it represented “another in the long line of Gov. Deal’s ethics problems.”

"It just goes to show again what comes first for the governor are his campaign contributors, his wealthy friends, and what comes second or last is average Georgians," said Carter. 

Savannah Port Posts Record Year

Jul 28, 2014

The Savannah Port has posted a record year in individual units and total tonnage moved, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

The port handled more than 3.14 million 20-foot container units and 29.4 million tons of freight in the 2014 fiscal year, which ended in June.

The Georgia Ports Authority says that’s a 6.3 and 8 percent increase, respectively, compared to last year. It’s also the first time the port moved more than 3 million container units.

Port Authority Director Curtis Foltz attributes the gains in part to an improving economy.