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Mary Carr Mayle

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GPA’s Garden City Terminal volumes continue to grow

First it was the 13,000-TEU COSCO Development, her massive bulk cutting a huge swath through the Savannah River as she made her way from the offshore sea buoy to Garden City Terminal, delighting scores of ship-watchers from Tybee to River Street who turned out to see largest container ship ever to call on the East Coast.

More than 9,500 TEUs were moved on and off of the OOCL France, one of two 13,000-plus TEU vessels to call the Port of Savannah within 21 days. The arrival of larger vessels helped contribute to a record-breaking month for the Georgia Ports Authority. (GPA Photo)

Local best friends take fashion expertise to web, pop-ups

Best friends Mandy O’Dell and Allison Seferian met nearly two decades ago when both were working for Savannah-based urban fashion retailer Citi Trends – Ally as a vice president and Mandy as a major fashion buyer.

Georgia Ports sets container record for May

The Georgia Ports Authority announced Tuesday that it handled more than 350,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, last month, setting another record for containers handled in a single month.

World Distribution Services growing Savannah footprint

Ohio-based World Distribution Services has moved its Savannah operations into a larger and newly built warehousing and distribution facility close to the Port of Savannah, the Gateway of American Commerce.

The recently completed WDS warehouse and cross-dock facility is larger and closer to the port. (Mary Carr Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Largest container ship set to sail from Savannah at 9 a.m. Saturday

The OOCL France, the largest container ship ever to call on the East Coast, is expected to leave the Port of Savannah Saturday morning at 9 a.m., sailing for Charleston.

Portside: The need for seafarer welfare services grows with Savannah ports

As the Port of Savannah continues to get busier, it’s a logical follow that the fledgling Savannah Port Welfare Committee is seeing an increased need to reach out to the approximately 70,000 seafarers who call on the port annually.

People on River Street watch as the OOCL France arrives in Savannah Thursday afternoon. The 1,203 feet long and 159 feet wide cargo ship is the largest ship to arrive in Savannah since the Development. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah firm chosen to build hotel in Beaufort

Collins Construction Inc. of Savannah has been selected to build a 99-room Home 2 Suites by Hilton Hotel at 12 County Shed Road in Beaufort. Construction is expected to begin immediately.

Collins Construction Inc. of Savannah has been selected to build the Home 2 Suites by Hilton Hotel at 12 County Shed Road in Beaufort. (Submitted photo)

Next record-breaking ship due in port Thursday

Eventually, the sight of huge container ships gliding up the Savannah River will become so commonplace as to warrant barely a notice. But for now, ship watchers and tourists along the riverfront are getting ready to greet the latest record-breaking container vessel.

The OOCL France moves into the locks at the Panama Canal last week, breaking the COSCO Development’s record as the largerst ship to transit the new locks. The France, which can hold nearly 14,000 itwenty-foot container units, will call on the Port of Savannah Thursday. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority)

Allegiant Honors offers free perks for active, retired military families

Allegiant Air last week announced its Allegiant Honors program, designed to support and thank U.S. active duty and retired military for their service with select free perks on flights, including those to and from Savannah.

Photo courtesy Savannah Airport Commission Allegiant Air, which offers nonstop, low-cost flights from Savannah to nine destinations, now includes an honors program that provides active-duty and retired military personnel and their families even deeper discounts.

Logistics summit puts Savannah in spotlight

David “Fish” Mihuta has been involved in logistics most of his life, long enough to remember when it was just known as transportation.

Rayonier to acquire Canadian firm Tembec Inc.

Jacksonville-based Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. and Montreal-based Tembec Inc. this week announced a definitive agreement under which Rayonier will acquire Tembec, providing the combined company with leading and complementary positions in key high purity cellulose end-uses and diversified earning streams from packaging, paper, high-yield pulp and forest products businesses.

Rayonier Advanced Materials Chairman, President and CEO Paul G. Boynton, left, shakes hands with Tembecs President and CEO James Lopez. (PRNewsfoto/Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc)

Savannah’s maritime community honors its own

It’s a springtime ritual repeated each May in Savannah and at ports around the country as Propeller Club members gather to celebrate National Maritime Day.

U.S Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach was named Maritime Person of the Year. Beach will be promoted to captain June 30. (Mary Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Trump budget holds $50 million for Savannah harbor deepening

The Port of Savannah was one of two big harbor deepening winners in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018, garnering more than $50 million of the $108 million the administration has proposed for harbor deepening. Georgia Ports Authority will share the total with allocation with the Port of Boston in what is close to a 50-50 split.

Savannah Maritime group graduates fifth class of logistics interns

The Maritime Logistics Education Taskforce has graduated its fifth class of logistics interns, partnering with four school systems and 20 business partners to give area high school students real-time experience in one of the area’s fastest-growing industries.

MLET intern Cade Layser of Woodville Tompkins High School in Savannah received high marks from his bosses at, where he will begin working full time in the fall. (Photo courtesy

Passenger numbers soar at Savannah airport as officials target Florida market

After posting record passenger statistics for 2016, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is rewriting the record books so far in 2017.

World Trade Center Savannah to offer seminar on export compliance

World Trade Center Savannah will offer a one-day seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at at its Hutchinson Island location.

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

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.

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)

Savannah airport live drill simulates plane crash

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, along with various emergency agencies in the area, completed a full-scale airport emergency plan exercise on Tuesday morning.

A live emergency drill at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Tuesday morning simulated the “crash” of an Airbus A319 into a field southeast of runway 19. The FAA requires full-scale live drills every three years. (Photo courtesy Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)

Futuristic-looking, Savannah-made JCB machines star in ‘Alien: Covenant’

When the cult feature film “Alien: Covenant” premieres Friday in theaters around the nation, it will showcase some surprising stars from right here in Savannah.

Savannah-built JCB skid-steer loaders get a futuristic look for the movie, “Alien: Covenant,” opening Friday in theaters around the country. (Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox)