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Mary Mayle

PORTSIDE: Brunswick port keeps cargo rolling

When you have the words “Savannah” and “port” in the same sentence, it’s a fairly safe bet that you’re talking containers.

Port of Savannah hits 1 million container mark in first quarter of fiscal year

In July, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch reported a record Fiscal 2017 to his board – 3.8 million containers and $373 million in revenues for the period ending June 30.

Six Georgia Ports Authority neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes work the container ship COSCO Development at the Port of Savannah in May. At a capacity of 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Development was — at the time — the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast. (Georgia Port Authority/Stephen Morton)

GPA celebrates year, announces 2 companies to bring 150 jobs

Griff Lynch had a tough time curbing his enthusiasm Thursday as he delivered his second “State of the Ports” address to a sold-out crowd at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

Griff Lynch, Georgia Ports Authority’s executive director, delivers his State of the Port address to an overflow audience Thursday at Savannah’s International Trade and Convention Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Businesses on waterlogged islands carry on

Businesses on Wilmington and Whitemarsh Islands were mostly up and running Wednesday morning, with none reporting any major damage from Hurricane Irma’s wind and water.

Davis Produce on Wilmington Island expects to open Friday morning with fresh produce from North Georgia and South Carolina. (Mary Carr Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Container ship T. Roosevelt due in Port Friday

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, the largest container ship ever to call on the East Coast, will begin its transit into the Port of Savannah from the Sea Buoy at 12:30 p.m. Friday, passing City Hall between 2 and 3:30 p.m. and arriving in port at Garden City Terminal between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Business education opportunities ramp up for fall

As the school year opens, so do the learning opportunities for the business community. Among the upcoming offerings: A small business financing forum by UGA Small Business Development Corp.; website globalization and the basics of international business by the World Trade Center Savannah.

PortSide: Port honors administrative assistants

It’s national Administrative Professionals Week and Georgia Ports Authority wanted to do something special for the more than 100 administrative assistants who keep the port humming along.

Officials: Merger will bring more options to area

State Bank Financial Corp., the holding company for State Bank and Trust Co., has announced that it has completed its mergers with NBG Bancorp Inc. and S Bankshares Inc.

Patient-centered health care proving successful in Chatham, others

As he begins to shape an agenda for the next four years, President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to replace President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, which has become prohibitively expensive for many.

Dr. Ben Spitalnick and Dr. Brandy Gheesling, pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Savannah, review data supplied by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, as part of the Enhanced Personal Health Care program. (Photo courtesy of Pediatric Associates)

Georgia Ports Authority, Konecranes mark milestones at port

Georgia Ports Authority and longtime partner Konecranes had lots to celebrate this week. For GPA, it was the completion of the latest phase of converting its fleet of rubber-tired gantry cranes – or RTGs – from diesel to electric power.

The GPA’s rubber-tired gantry crane team and GPA executive director Griff Lynch marked the 1,000th RTG produced by Konecranes and the completion of its electric RTG infrastructure phase. (GPA photo by Stephen Morton)