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Mary Carr Mayle

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Portside: Carter invites colleague with clout to visit port

There’s a saying that claims “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Despite some softness, regional economy continued to grow in second quarter

Following an extraordinarily strong first quarter, the region’s economic numbers softened somewhat in the second quarter of 2017 but continued to grow steadily, a trend Armstrong State University economist Michael Toma predicts will continue beyond the New Year.

Builder DR Horton has new houses for sale on Coffee Point Drive on Savannah’s south side. Despite declining national residential construction figures, the local housing market registered its third consecutive quarter of growth, with building-permit issuance for single-family homes in the Savannah Metro area increasing by 8.5 percent in the second quarter, a 17-percent jump from the year prior. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Technical College to offer Logistics Certification with APICS partnership

The emergence of Georgia Ports Authority as the fourth-largest and fastest-growing container port in the country has made logistics a household word in our area and opened up a world of career possibilities on every level.

Beginning next month, Savannah Technical College, in conjunction with APICS Savannah, will offer certification in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution. (Photo by Stephen Morton)

Variety of programs offer help for victims of Irma

The Coastal Empire may have fared better than many communities in its brush with Hurricane Irma, but there is still plenty of pain to go around — from flooded homes and tree damage to the economic impacts of shuttering a business for days.

No one was injured as winds from Tropical Storm Irma blew three trees on to a house on Neva Avenue early Monday morning. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Coastal Logistics founder and longtime Savannah businessman Richard Barrow retires

The word “retire” has never been part of Richard Barrow’s vocabulary.

Richard Barrow, right, greets friend Bernard Kent Jr. at Barrow’s birthday/retirement luncheon held at the Coastal Logistics Group’s headquarters. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Three Savannah-area firms to expand logistics footprints

On Thursday, the Savannah Economic Development Authority announced that three companies — ONL-RBW Logistics, Distribution Services International, Inc. (DSI) and ICON Health &Fitness — will expand their local footprints, bringing another 90 jobs and $42 million in investment to Pooler.

ICON Health & Fitness will move into a new building at 350 Morgan Lakes Industrial Blvd in Pooler. The expansion represents 20 new jobs and $17 million in investment. (Photo courtesy SEDA)

Trade Center posts strong numbers for new fiscal year

The Savannah International Trade &Convention Center is off to a good start in fiscal 2018, coming in $50,000 ahead of budget for August and a total of $71,000 better than budgeted for the year’s first two months.

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, across the river from City Hall, has posted record numbers for the first few months of FY 2018, underscoring the need for expansion of its convention facilities. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

IP, Rayonier plants in Georgia gearing back up after Irma disruption

International Paper’s local mills are back in business after shutting down operations Sept. 8 in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.

Ports of Brunswick, Savannah post August gains

Both containers and wheeled cargo volumes grew at Georgia Ports Authority’s deepwater terminals last month, making it the ports’ busiest August on record and its second-busiest month ever for container volumes.

J. Reid Williamson remembered for protecting Savannah’s historic treasures

Reid Williamson was a man of many talents and accomplishments. The Connecticut native and Yale University graduate was a sportsman, a businessman and a veteran — serving his active duty at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C., before joining the U.S. Air Force Reserves, the move that brought him to Savannah.

Port of Savannah bounces back from Irma to welcome 14,000-TEU John Adams

Talk about coming back in style.

Cranes and crews work the massive, 14,000-TEU ship CMA CGM John Adams on Thursday as the Port of Savannah returns to business as usual. (GPA photo)

Ports to close as Irma approaches

While it may seem like it’s been business as usual at Savannah’s port this week, the Georgia Ports Authority, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Office Savannah and the maritime community as a whole has been quietly preparing to deal with whatever Irma might send our way.

The Georgia Ports Authority is working to secure its terminals, including tying down its big ship-to-shore cranes, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irma Monday. (GPA photo)

Ports of Savannah, Brunswick prepare to batten down hatches

With the spectre of a large hurricane on the horizon, Georgia Ports Authority has begun putting its preliminary plans in motion to secure the country’s fourth largest port against the threat of high winds and water.

Georgia Ports Authority is making plans to secure its cranes, containers and other equipment ahead of Hurricane Irma. The latest forecasts Wednesday put the storm near Savannah Tuesday afternoon. (GPA photo)

City welcomes largest container ship ever to call on East Coast

It’s a scenario we have yet to tire of — even when the weather is less than ideal.

Walter and Mary Logan of Savannah brought lawn chairs as they waited for the arrival of the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt container ship to the Savannah port. The largest ship ever to call on the East Coast, the 1,200-foot-long Roosevelt will depart Sunday for Charleston and later to the Port of New York/New Jersey. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Industry experts share ways to mitigate cyber risk with businesses

So you suspect — or worse, you’re sure — your business has experienced a data breach.

Tyler O’Connor , right, with CRC Insurance Services, Inc. , speaks on cyber liability as fellow panelist Diana McKenzie, with Hunter Maclean, and Bryan Thornton, CEO of Net Reaction, listen. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Portside: Largest ship ever to call on Port of Savannah expected today

Today might be a good day to have a late lunch on River Street or across the river on Hutchinson Island. As of this writing, the massive CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is due in port between 3:30 and 4:30 Friday afternoon, putting it in front of City Hall sometime between 2:30 and 3:30.

Gulfstream partner appears to have lock on contract to replace Air Force’s aging electronic warfare planes

The U.S. Air Force is recapitalizing its Compass Call fleet and it appears the new version may be designed on a Gulfstream G550 airframe, despite protests from both Boeing and Bombardier that the single-source award to L3 Technologies is in violation of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Final Gulfstream G600 test aircraft takes flight from Savannah headquarters Tuesday

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced that the final aircraft in the Gulfstream G600 flight-test program has flown for the first time. Outfitted with a complete interior, the aircraft serves as a cabin testbed to ensure a superior customer experience. The aircraft is the fifth to join the G600 flight-test program since it began on Dec. 17, 2016.

The fifth and final aircraft in Gulfstream’s G600 flight test program takes off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Stephanie Lipscomb for Gulfstream)

Largest container ship ever to call on Savannah now due in port Friday

The largest container ship ever to reach the U.S. East Coast docked in Virginia on Monday and will wait out the stormy weather before setting sail for Savannah, where it is now expected Friday.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is unloaded Monday at the Virginia International Gateway in Norfolk. The arrival of the ship breaks the record for largest container ship ever to visit the East Coast. (Keith Lanpher/Port of Virginia via AP)

XPO Logistics honors Savannah driver for safety; biggest ship yet heads our way

XPO Logistics, Inc., one of the largest providers of less-than-truckload – or LTL — transportation in North America, has recognized professional driver William Henderson of Savannah for surpassing 3 million miles on the road without a preventable accident.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, with a total capacity of 14,855 TEUs, is the largest ship ever to come through the Panama Canal. It’s scheduled to call on Savannah in the next few weeks. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal)