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Mary Carr Mayle

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Georgia Ports caps record year with 17 percent container growth in June

Georgia Ports Authority continues to push the envelope at its Garden City container terminal, setting – and then breaking – records for containers moved.

J.T. Turner bankruptcy discharged, but criminal charges still possible

More than two years after he filed for bankruptcy protection, longtime Savannah construction company owner James T. “Jim” Turner has been granted a discharge of his debts by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Jim Turner, right, is the founder and president of JT Turner Construction Company while his son Tripp is the Chief Operating Officer. Tripp Turner is not included in the bankruptcy filings. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Portside: Ships get bigger, but moves become number to track

The Port of Savannah is handling much bigger ships these days, some with capacities of 13,000 TEUs or more. But the size of these vessels is only part of the story. Container exchanges — the number of boxes moved on and off a vessel — are experiencing exponential growth, even on what is now considered “mid-sized” vessels in the 8,000- and 9,000-TEU range.

The NYK Czech, a 9,000-TEU ship, called on Savannah Wednesday, delivering and taking on more than 5,200 containers, or roughly 9,300 TEUs. (Each TEU is the equivalent of a 20-foot container, so a 40-foot container would be two TEUs.) That means the Czech delivered roughly half its cargo to Savannah and took on the same amount. (Photo courtesy GPA)

Industry experts talk trends, innovation at third annual Savannah Logistics Lunch

The business of transporting goods remains a hot topic in the city that boasts the area’s fourth-largest and fastest growing container port, and Wednesday’s third annual Savannah Logistics Lunch was an indicator of that interest.

The Logistics Industry Disruptors Panel consisted of, from left, Derek Banta, Stephanie Crowe, Nagi Gebraeel and Bob Robers and was held Wednesday at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Longtime Savannah company Guerry Lumber purchases HomeSouth Architectural

Longtime Savannah building materials company Guerry Lumber is expanding its offerings for homeowners, builders and contractors with the acquisition of HomeSouth Architectural, a Savannah window and door company formerly owned by North Atlantic Corporation of Somerset, Mass.

The Guerry Lumber executive team, from left: Lynda Beam, owner; Steve Chick, president; Lindy Wheat, vice president. (Photo courtesy Guerry Lumber Co.)

Portside: Although SHEP funds disappoint, maintenance dredging funds adequate

While there has been much ado about the inadequacy of federal funds to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on track, a “good news” dredging story has been all but forgotten.

Bernard Williams & Co. named ‘preferred partner’

Frankenmuth Insurance recognized Bernard Williams &Company LLC, a provider of insurance and financial services for customers throughout Georgia and the Southeast, with its Preferred Partner distinction for the 2016 business year during Frankenmuth’s recent Executive/Agency Round Table meeting.

Fred Edmond, president and COO of Michigan-based Frankenmuth

Cmdr. Norman Witt takes reins of Coast Guard MSU Savannah

Savannah’s maritime community came out in force Friday morning to bid hail and farewell to U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach and welcome her successor at a change of command ceremony at the Ships of the Sea Museum.

Commander Amy M. Beach receives the Meritorious Service Medal at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Change of Command Ceremony on Friday at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. (Siobhan Egan/For the Savannah Morning News)

Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach to bid Savannah farewell

As she wraps up her three-year assignment as commander of the Marine Safety Unit Savannah and Captain of the Port, it’s hard to decide who will miss the other most – Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach or the Savannah maritime community.

Commander Amy Beach, United States Coast Guard, taking command of Marine Safety unit Savannah in June, 2014. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Buddy Carter leads efforts to get more funding for Savannah harbor deepening

It’s going to take more federal money to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on time and on track, said Georgia’s congressional delegation in a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee. The letter warned that underfunding the massive civil works project could cost the country more than $1 billion.

The 300 foot dredge Alaska works to deepen the shipping channel into the Port of Savannah. Part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, dredging of the outer harbor off Tybee Island began in September, 2015, and is now more than 60-percent complete. (GPA file photo by Stephen B. Morton)

Global marine fuel company launches Savannah operations

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., a global marine fuel logistics company, announced Monday the launch of a new service center in Savannah, home to the fourth-largest and fastest-growing container port in the country.

Economic Monitor: Q1 2017 brings strong rebound from Matthew’s effects

The Savannah metro economy returned to healthy growth in the first quarter of 2017, exhibiting substantial strength as the effects of Hurricane Matthew began to quickly dissipate.

Savannahs ports have been on a record-setting tear for the first part of 2017, with each month setting records for volume handled. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Perdue chooses Savannah as backdrop for preliminary NAFTA talks

By all accounts, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue hit one out of the park when the now-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture played host to the agriculture ministers of Canada and Mexico in Savannah this week.

From left, Georgia Ports Authority Board Chair Jimmy Allgood and GPA executive director Griff Lynch welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada to Garden City Container Terminal, as the 11,300-TEU containership CMA CGM Lyra works in the background. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Optim finds last-minute buyer for Millen hospital

Savannah-based Optim Health System has sold its medical facility in Millen to GA Medical Holdings Corp., just days before the 25-bed “critical access” hospital was slated to close, Georgia Health News reported this week.

USDA Secretary Perdue hosts Canadian, Mexican counterparts in Savannah

On a day the Commerce Department announced the U.S. trade deficit rose to its highest level in a year during the first quarter, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue set the table for NAFTA renegotiations, hosting the agricultural ministers of Canada and Mexico in Savannah for their first trilateral talks on the issue.

Sonny Perdue

Savannah airport sets new record for passenger numbers

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport welcomed 236,923 passengers in May, breaking last month’s record for April of 223,402 and setting an all-time record as the busiest month in SAV history.

Savannah Trade Center business challenges records

With just a month left in fiscal 2017, Savannah’s International Trade & Convention Center is performing at its highest level ever, with hotel-room nights in the city’s convention district approaching the record set in 2004 when the G-8 Summit was in town.

Ag Sec. Perdue to host Mexican, Canadian counterparts here

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will host Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa in Savannah on Tuesday a trilateral meeting as well as other joint events.

Portside: How one simple box revolutionized global shipping

Although they’ve only been around for 60 years or so — a mere blip on the vast timeline of global shipping — it’s hard to imagine the highways and byways of our busy port community without intermodal shipping containers.

This graphic was made for “America on the Move” to illustrate how containers are used interchangably among all surface modes of transport - water, roads, and rail. It is a greatly simplified rendering of a complex system. (From the Smithsonian Collection on loan to the National Museum of American History)

Savannah summit to address container cargo theft

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, cargo theft activity around the Port of Savannah has escalated since the first of the year.