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In This Issue
2007 • Volume 47 • No. 2

COVER STORY                                                                                                                                                                       G   E   O   R   G   I   A   P   O   R T   S   A   U   T   H   O   R   I   T   Y
Ceremony Celebrates Completion
                                                                                                                            Cover Photo: David Smalls
of Brunswick Harbor Deepening ........................................6




Feature
Deeper Water, Higher Bridge Redefine Mayor’s Point ................................................................................6                                             ROBERT C. MORRIS
Ceremony Celebrates Completion of Brunswick Harbor Deepening ....................................................6                                                               Editor
Mercedes-Benz USA Announces Relocation of Port Traffic to the Port of Brunswick ..................8                                                                              (912) 964-3855
Growth of an Auto Port ..........................................................................................................................................9
                                                                                                                                                                                 KAREN WILDS
Highway 17 Overpass at Colonel’s Island Complete ....................................................................................11
                                                                                                                                                                                 Managing Editor
GPA Board Approves Chatham Yard ICTF ....................................................................................................13
                                                                                                                                                                                 (912) 964-3885
China Trade and Logistics Conference ............................................................................................................14
Advantage All-Water ..............................................................................................................................................16             JAMIE MCCURRY
                                                                                                                                                                                 AMY SHAFFER
Emerging Markets                                                                                                                                                                 LEE BECKMANN
Bean There..................................................................................................................................................................18   Copy Editors

                                                                                                                                                                                 JUDY WOLFE
Carrier Services                                                                                                                                                                 Advertising Associate
Panama Canal Project Update: First Tender is for Dry Excavation ......................................................19                                                         (912) 964-3855
Savannah Welcomes Maersk M/V Djibouti ....................................................................................................19
Port of Savannah Welcomes First Vessel for INDAMEX Service............................................................19
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Economic Development
General Protecht U.S. Inc. to Build in Georgia..............................................................................................22
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One Million Square Feet - For Starters ..........................................................................................................23                              is the official publication of the Georgia
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Sailing Schedule ..........................................................................................................................................26                    distributed free of charge to more than
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Passing Through
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Moving Cargo as a “Fort-to-Port” Operation ..............................................................................................30
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Developing Proactive Partnerships ..................................................................................................................31                           Affairs office is contacted.


Portfolio                                                                                                                                                                        GEORGIA PORTS AUTHORITY
New Real-Time Inspection Tracking Software Presented to Savannah Community ....................33                                                                                ANCHORAGE
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Community Involvement                                                                                                                                                            Phone: (912) 964-3855
GPA/Port of Shimizu Essay/Art Contest ........................................................................................................34                                 Toll Free: (800) 342-8012
National Maritime Day 2007 ..............................................................................................................................34                      Fax: (912) 964-3921
WTOC-TV and GPA Salute Top Teachers ......................................................................................................36                                     Email: rmorris@gaports.com


Noteworthy
Bloess Hired as Safety and Loss Control Manager at GPA ....................................................................38
Atlantic Container Service, Inc. Promotes Three ........................................................................................38
GPA Hosts Wage Survey Luncheon ................................................................................................................38




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                                                                                                                                    PERSPECTIVE



Perspective:
Doug J. Marchand
New Depth Means New Opportunity for Georgia



                                                The deepening also allows this already strong        Executive Staff
                                                economic engine to become even stronger.
                                                                                                     DOUG J. MARCHAND
                                                Georgia’s two deepwater ports generate $3.5
                                                                                                     Executive Director
                                                billion annually in federal taxes, $1.6 billion in
                                                state taxes and seven percent of Georgia’s
                                                                                                     CURTIS J. FOLTZ
                                                total employment – more than 286,000 jobs.
                                                                                                     Chief Operating Officer

                                                In anticipation of the 36-foot depth, the
                                                Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has worked             DAVID A. SCHALLER

                                                diligently with state and local authorities on       Chief Administrative Officer
                                                several massive rail expansion projects to
                                                double rail capacity in Brunswick. The               THOMAS H. ARMSTRONG
                                                recently finished Highway 17 overpass has            Director of Strategic Development
                                                opened access to 900 developable acres               and Information Technology
                                                on Colonel’s Island’s south side – nearly
                                                quadrupling throughput capacity.                     LISE MARSHALL
                                                                                                     Director of Human Resources



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          s Brunswick’s market share            These investments have already translated
          continues to climb, its importance    into increased opportunities for Georgia’s           ROBERT C. MORRIS
          to state, regional and national       businesses and people. Mercedes-Benz USA             Director of External Affairs
          economies also grows. With its new    recently selected Brunswick as the site of its
36-foot depth, resulting from decades of hard   new vehicle preparation center for vehicles
                                                                                                     MARIE H. ROBERTS
work, the Port of Brunswick will continue to    being imported into the United States.
                                                                                                     Director of Finance
outpace the competition.
                                                The deeper channel means measurable
                                                                                                     WILSON TILLOTSON
The additional six feet of draft means          advantages for the GPA’s customers and the
                                                                                                     Director of Engineering and Maintenance
100 percent of the auto vessels on the          state of Georgia. We are confident this
water today will be able to call on the Port    improvement, with the help of the hard-
of Brunswick – Colonel’s Island. That is                                                             JOHN D. TRENT
                                                working men and women of Georgia’s ports,
great news for our expanding auto-                                                                   Director of Operations
                                                will enable the GPA to continue on its path
processing business.                            of redefining the pace of trade.
                                                                                                     JOHN M. WHEELER
The completion of this deepening means our                                                           Director of Trade Development
docks will be able to service an expanding
share of the world’s breakbulk vessels –
a market that is serviced on Brunswick’s
East River.




                                                 Doug J. Marchand, GPA’s Executive Director




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FEATURE



Deeper Water, Higher Bridge
Redefine Mayor’s Point                               Ceremony Celebrates Completio
D
           eeper water and a higher bridge are
           breathing new life into Mayor’s
           Point Terminal.
                                                     By Ross Glendye
                                                                                                                                 BRUN
                                                     T
                                                                he Brunswick Harbor Deepening Project is complete. After more than
The Port of Brunswick has two main facilities for
                                                                two decades of economic study, legislative wrangling and hard work,
ocean-going vessels: Mayor’s Point Terminal,
which handles bulk and breakbulk cargos, and
                                                                Port of Brunswick is open to the entire world fleet of Ro/Ro vessels
Colonel’s Island, specializing in vehicle                       and a much larger share of the bulk and breakbulk vessels. With this hard-won
import/export and agri-bulk.                         and demanding work done, the officials behind it gathered June 18, 2007,
                                                     for a ceremonial “ribbon cutting” for a port that can now handle even more traffic.
The deepening of the harbor channel to 36 feet
(38 feet at its entrance) will benefit the port as   “We’ve been working on improving the Brunswick Harbor Navigational Channel even
a whole, of course, but it is of particular          before man landed on the Moon,” said Former U.S. Senator and GPA Board Chairman
importance to Mayor’s Point. It will feel the
                                                     Mack Mattingly, who played a critical role in completing this project. “Business is good
greatest impact as the harbor can now
                                                     now and will be even better in the future.”
accommodate an additional 45 percent of the
world’s bulk and breakbulk vessels.
                                                     “Growth in trade has been so great that there is a strong need to improve our facilities
“The last strategic pieces to the puzzle, deeper     and harbors,” said John Paul Woodley Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
water and a high-level bridge, are now in place,”
said Georgia Ports Authority Global Accounts         Paired with the Sidney Lanier Bridge, which offers significantly higher clearance, the
Executive Mark Troughton. “Brunswick is now,         harbor deepening represents completion of a set of improvements that have taken
more than ever, in a position to become a bigger     access for ships both higher and deeper. Along with these improvements, a new
player in the breakbulk trade. Our intention is      connector rail line, a new north-south connector roadway and an overpass over Highway
to target business that in the past, despite the
                                                     17 have streamlined rail and truck logistics, providing access to 900 GPA-owned acres -
quality of our terminal operations and hinterland
                                                     the next step in Brunswick’s development on Colonel’s Island.
access, we simply could not pursue due to
draft limitations.”


The Mayor’s Point Terminal incorporates 355,000
square feet of warehousing adjacent to 1,750
linear feet of berthing, and with the deeper draft
in the harbor, future expectations are high for
this 22-acre facility.


“Beyond harbor improvements, our geography
remains our strongest ally,” said Troughton.
“Location and strong interstate connections
afford our customers access to the fastest
growing region of the country—the Southeastern
U.S. As a port, we understand our strategic role
within the supply chain. For wood and forest
products importers and exporters, it’s all about
meeting a customer's inventory demands and
minimizing transportation costs. With that in
mind, we are confident in the terminal's
developing role as a distribution center
for wholesalers and manufacturers alike.”


Mayor’s Point Terminal is within minutes of I-95
North/South, with two additional interstates, I-16
East/West and I-10 East/West, within one hour.
For inland origins and destinations beyond a
                                                                                                                                     Photo: Jonas Jordan
10-hour radius by truck, Norfolk Southern
Railroad and CSX Transportation provide              Colonel Mark Held, Commander USACE – Savannah district, and Captain Edwin Fendig, Jr., Brunswick Bar
numerous cost advantages.                            Pilots Association, discuss the impact of the Port of Brunswick’s new 36-foot depth.




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n of
SWICK HARBOR DEEPENING
   The harbor deepening had a stormy history. It
   was temporarily put on hold when the Corps
   of Engineers downgraded its priority to the
   nation. Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss
   and Johnny Isakson, working with U.S.
   Congressman Jack Kingston, successfully
   pled the project’s case and saw it back
   on track.


   “The deepening allows this already strong
   economic engine to become even stronger,”
   said    Georgia     Port     Authority’s     (GPA)
   Executive Director Doug J. Marchand.


   Captain      Edwin      Fendig,     Jr.,   of    the
   Brunswick Bar Pilots Association has
   spent a lifetime working this harbor. At the
   completion ceremony, Fendig summed the
   new developments up: “We woke up a
                                                                                                                                                        Photo: Jonas Jordan
   sleeping giant and now both of his eyes
   are open.”                                                 Assistant Secretary for Civil Works John Paul Woodley and U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston share a moment after
                                                              the harbor deepening ceremony.




                                                                                                                                                       Photo: Jonas Jordan


   Pictured (from left) : GPA Chairman Steve Green; Former U.S. Senator and GPA Board Chairman Mack Mattingly; U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston; Assistant Secretary for Civil
   Works U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) John Paul Woodley; Georgia DOT Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl; Captain Edwin Fendig, Jr. of the Brunswick Bar Pilots
   Association; GPA Executive Director Doug Marchand; GPA Board Member Jim Lientz; and Colonel Mark Held - Savannah District Commander USACE.




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FEATURE




Mercedes-Benz USA Announces Relocation
of Port Traffic to the Port of Brunswick
By Betty Darby




                                                   41 jobs – either transfers or newly created     In addition to the overpass, infrastructure
                                                   ones – for the Brunswick area, along with       improvements included a new high-level,
                                                   additional jobs in the shipping, rail and       fixed-span bridge able to accommodate any
                                                   trucking industries. The company’s VPC is       of the world’s Ro/Ro fleet, deepening of the
                                                   presently in Jacksonville, Fla.                 harbor,    rail    improvements          and   a    new
                                                                                                   connector road.
                                                   A VPC is a critical link in the movement of
                                                   new vehicles from the assembly line to the      Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue agrees.
                                                   showroom floor. When an imported vehicle is     “Mercedes-Benz USA is the first of what I
                                                   driven off a Ro/Ro ship, the VPC is its first   hope will be many of our state’s customers to
E320 Bluetec
Photo: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC                      stop after U.S. Customs. Vehicles must clear    benefit from our increased accessibility for
                                                   inspection in a VPC to ensure they meet         automobile manufacturers,” he said.
                                                   MBUSA standards before moving on to


M
           ercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) has
           chosen      Georgia’s     Port     of   dealerships across the country.                 Former     U.S.        Senator     and   GPA       Board

           Brunswick for its new vehicle                                                           Chairman      Mack        Mattingly      pointed      to

           processing center, with plans to        The GPA landed the new import business          MBUSA’s 13 consecutive years of sales

bring 50,000 luxury autos annually into the        from MBUSA, and consolidated its hold on        growth. “We are proud that they will continue

U.S. through the port. The company already         the existing export segment thanks to an        to grow and thrive because of the increased

uses the Brunswick port to export 15,000           aggressive infrastructure improvement plan      efficiencies provided by this new facility,”

American-made         Mercedes-Benz         SUVs   that has enabled the Port of Brunswick –        he said.

annually from its Vance, Ala., plant.              already the sixth busiest vehicle port in the
                                                   country -- to keep up with growth. The latest   MBUSA       becomes          the     second        major

"The move to Brunswick represents a                piece in that series of improvements, the       automaker         in    recent   years    to   expand

tremendous opportunity for Mercedes-Benz           overpass over Highway 17, officially opened     its   Brunswick          operations.     Hyundai/Kia

in terms of further improving efficiencies for     on the heels of the company’s announcement.     combined operations in Brunswick in 2003.

our southeast Vehicle Preparation Center
(VPC) - one of the critical steps in the
process of bringing new vehicles to market,"
said Ernst Lieb, President and CEO, MBUSA.
"The proximity to the port, combined with
better railroad and highway access and room
for expansion, make Brunswick an excellent
location for this facility. With quality being
our top priority, the new VPC is an important
step toward consistently delivering the best
vehicles to our dealerships and ultimately
our customers."


The    company       expects    to   complete
construction on its new VPC by the first
quarter of 2009. The new facility will attract




                                                   C300 Sport
                                                   Photo: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC


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                                                                                                                                               FEATURE




Celebrating 30 Years at Colonel’s Island
Growth of an Auto Port
By Betty Darby




          he     automobile      import/export     prestigious and well-established European


T         industry in Georgia went from zero
          to 60 in record time, thanks to
          developments      at   the   Port
Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island facility. Twenty
                                              of
                                                   manufacturer was an early boost for the
                                                   reputation of the new auto port.


                                                   Over the years, driven by the market forces
years ago, the first Ro/Ro (roll-on, roll-off)     in    America’s   showrooms,     as     well   as
vessel docked there. Today, Brunswick is the       developments      in   the   shipping     trade,
sixth largest auto port in the nation.             manufacturers have increasingly relied upon
                                                   Brunswick. Today, the customer count
This success story began modestly enough.          stands at a record 14 automakers and three
The port’s first auto import client, Yugo is       vehicle processing centers, including high-
now nothing more than a footnote in market         performance sports cars, family vans, luxury                                    Photo: GPA Archives
history, and the country that produced it          autos and heavy construction equipment.
disappeared in the redrawing of the map of                                                             investment. Perhaps the best example out of
Europe. Still, Yugoslavia’s Yugo led a charge:     The port opened its first dock adapted to           Brunswick is its Sidney Lanier Bridge. The $121-
last calendar year, 379,001 cars and other         handle Ro/Ro cargo in 1987 and has now              million cable-stayed bridge opened in 2003,
vehicles from 14 manufacturers passed              grown to three, according to Bill Dawson,           replacing a drawbridge that had previously
through Colonel’s Island.                          General Manager for Operations for the              forced ships to “thread a needle” through its
                                                   Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in Brunswick.         narrow opening. Ro/Ro ships, which are both
BMW of North America was the second                                                                    high and wide, can now easily and safely pass
manufacturer to form a relationship in             Growing a port to such a significant player in      underneath. Today, the port can be accessed
Brunswick, starting in 1988. The arrival of a      the    international   market   takes    capital    by any of the world’s Ro/Ro vessels.




                                                                                                                                     Photo: GPA Archives
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                                                                                                                                                  FEATURE




Highway 17 Overpass at Colonel’s
Island Complete
By Betty Darby




                                                                                                            load – arrive in Brunswick. These trains ferry
                                                                                                            MBUSA’s SUVs from the company’s plant in
                                                                                                            Vance, Ala. to ships that will carry them to
                                                                                                            consumers around the world.


                                                                                                            The overpass/connector project is the latest
                                                                                                            in a chain of choreographed investments in
                                                                                                            the full array of transportation corridors at
                                                                                                            the Port of Brunswick. The construction of
                                                                                                            the Sidney Lanier Bridge and the deepening
                                                                                                            of the harbor channel broaden the list of
                                                                                                            vessels that can call on the port. Add to those
                                                                                                            a major new rail connector and expanded rail
                                                                                                            storage capacity, along with the connector
                                                                                                            road and overpass project, and ships, trains
                                                                                                            and trucks all now have a smoother, faster
                                                                                                            path into and out of the Port of Brunswick.


                                                                                                            These recent improvements have helped to
                                                                                                            turn the Port of Brunswick into the sixth
                                                                                                            largest auto port in the country, and position
                                                                                      Photo: David Smalls   that port for further growth.


                                                                                                            The docks at Colonel’s Island are especially
                                                                                                            equipped to handle the world’s Ro/Ro fleet



T
          he     recent         completion    of    the   said Former U.S. Senator and GPA Board            for vehicle imports. Three well-established
          Highway 17 Overpass at Colonel’s                Chairman Mack Mattingly. “We congratulate         vehicle processing centers are on hand to
          Island      is    already      bringing    in   the Georgia Department of Transportation          handle final steps in the import and export
          additional business for the Port of             (GDOT) and the employees of the GPA for           process. Acres of parking are in place. And
Brunswick and has unlocked access to 900                  their hard work on these critical projects.”      the port owns an additional 900 acres on
prime acres of Georgia Ports Authority                                                                      Colonel’s Island, poised for expansion. But
(GPA) land.                                               The GDOT handled the overpass project,            Highway 17 runs between the docks and the
                                                          while the $1.06-million connector road is the     open acreage. With the overpass and road
The    Mercedes-Benz               USA       (MBUSA)      work of GPA.                                      improvements, unencumbered access is
announcement that it would import some                                                                      now provided – and the GPA is free to
50,000 vehicles a year through Brunswick                  Improved traffic flow from processing facility    seek new tenants and industry for that
virtually coincided with the completion of                to ship helped convince an established            real estate.
that overpass and the related north-south                 customer to relocate a key piece of its
connector      road        on    port   property     at   business to Georgia. In 2009, when MBUSA          The overpass serves another purpose as well
Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island.                             finishes its vehicle processing center for        – it eliminated an at-grade rail crossing for
                                                          the new imports, Brunswick will be a              the Golden Isles Railroad. “That’s a benefit
“These projects will increase capacity and                consolidated import/export hub for the            to motorists who are the port’s neighbors,
improve efficiency on Colonel’s Island –                  luxury automaker. Already, three “hot” trains     as well as to business,” said Bill Dawson,
which means more business for Georgia’s                   a week – that is, trains that arrive loaded and   General Manager of Operations at GPA’s
ports and more jobs for Georgia’s people,”                are expedited back empty to pick up another       Brunswick facilities.



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GPA Board Approves Chatham Yard ICTF




E
             ighteen and a half percent of the
             Port of Savannah’s total container
             throughput is handled through its
             intermodal     facilities.    According
to forecasts, Savannah’s total container
volume       will   more   than     double    during
the next decade, increasing its intermodal
volume simultaneously.


One of the critical aspects of the Georgia
Ports Authority’s (GPA) Facilities Master Plan
(Focus 2015) is ensuring its intermodal
facilities    are   capable    of    handling    the
projected growth. Norfolk-Southern (NS) and
CSX Transportation (CSX) both have on-
terminal facilities, which eliminate drayage
and marshalling costs.
                                                                                                                                      Photo: Jonathan Thomas


The GPA’s Board of Directors recently
approved funding for its Chatham Yard
Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF)
at the Port of Savannah’s Garden City
                                                        “      Moving more freight by rail provides significant
                                                               public benefits,” said GPA Board Chairman Steve
                                                               Green. “These benefits include reducing congestion,
Terminal (GTC), as a component of its Focus
2015 Capital Plan. This ten-year capital plan
is strategically designed to increase capacity
                                                               improving air quality and increasing fuel efficiency.
                                                        the terminal, and the design is such that there
                                                                                                                                                    “”
                                                                                                               Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Kansas
at the GCT from 2.6 million to more than                will be no impact on existing operations               City, Charlotte, Memphis and beyond.
6.5 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent                during construction.”
Units) annually.                                                                                               “The new Chatham ICTF will improve truck
                                                        The James D. Mason ICTF consists of four               traffic flow on the container yard while
“Moving more freight by rail provides                   2,500-foot working tracks, one 2,500-foot              increasing terminal capacity and velocity,” said
significant public benefits,” said GPA Board            runaround      track,    and    two   2,500-foot       John   Wheeler,   GPA’s   Director   of   Trade
Chairman Steve Green. “These benefits                   storage tracks. A fifth 2,500-foot working             Development. “The new ICTF will improve
include reducing congestion, improving air              track at the Mason ICTF will be complete               transit times for CSX routes, while reducing the
quality and increasing fuel efficiency.”                July 2007. The Chatham Yard ICTF will                  cost of intermodal transportation by eliminating
                                                        consist of three working tracks (6,300 total           the need for an out-gate drayage charge.”
“The primary reasons for construction of the            feet) and 10,000 feet of storage track and
Chatham Yard ICTF are elimination of rail               will   use   rubber-tired      gantries   or   rail-   With the Southeast being the nation’s fastest
tracks within the container storage yard and            mounted gantries exclusively.                          growing region, intermodal connectivity is an
consolidation of CSX intermodal operations                                                                     integral aspect of serving containerized
in   one     area    to    maximize       operational   The     Port    of      Savannah’s    intermodal       cargo and moving it to these populations.
efficiencies,” said Wilson Tillotson, GPA’s             capabilities reverse the West Coast mini-              Intermodal transportation is also a critical
Director of Engineering. “We were able to               landbridge by offering transit and access              component of GPA’s strategy for serving the
locate the facility in an underutilized area of         savings, to and from markets like Atlanta,             Asian and European import market in the future.



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          CHINA TRAD
          By John Powers




                                                                                              Photo: David Smalls


          Former U.S. Senator and GPA Board Chairman Mack Mattingly, and Peter Tirschwell, JOC Vice President and
          Editorial Director.


          CHINA: THE NUMBERS GAME
          • 1.3 billion citizens.
          • 667,000 newborns every month.
          • Total container throughput in 2006: 93 million TEUs.
          • Annual increase in container throughput: 18 million TEUs.
          • A GDP that will surpass Germany in two years, Japan in 15, and the U.S. in 30.


          Population, trade, world economic impact. No matter which yardstick you use to measure
          the China phenomenon, both the sheer size and the rate of growth are nothing short of
          staggering. “Forget percentages,” said Fred Castonguay, Managing Director of Modern
          terminals-Taicang Ports. “You have to focus on the raw numbers for a true sense of the
          scales involved.”


          Castonguay joined more than 300 delegates to the Third Annual Trade and Logistics
          Conference staged recently in Savannah, Ga. The group gathered to hear expert opinion
          on transportation and economic issues, as well as obstacles and opportunities
          surrounding the burgeoning Chinese marketplace.


          TRADITIONS IN TRANSITION
          For three decades, the Chinese model has been one of cut-rate manufacturing generating
          low-cost goods exported via Hong Kong. While this economic chain still plays a mighty
          role in the Chinese economy, change is in the wind.


          “In the last 18 months, we have seen China’s transformation from a low-cost sourcing
          platform to the place to be in the global market,” said David Jacoby, President of the
          Boston Logistics Group. By 2020, forecasts predict the nation will become the second
          largest economy in the world not only in manufacturing, but in purchasing and research
          and development.


          Concurrently, low-cost production is shifting westward to inland China and to other
          locales like India and Southeast Asia. To replace these departed industries, Chinese
          business interests and their foreign partners are establishing a wide array of mid-tech
          and knowledge-based enterprises…automotives, high-end consumer goods, and
          advanced electronics. In fact, China is expected to become the world’s largest
          manufacturer and consumer of automobiles by the end of the next decade.

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E and LOGISTICS CONFERENCE
                                                      routes. Transportation officials must also                “China      isn’t     the    only      country     with
                                                      balance the tremendous domestic demand                    infrastructure challenges,” said Terry Bunch
                                                      for passenger transit.                                    of Rayonier. “Our interstate system is
                                                                                                                inadequate and under-engineered. Our rail
                                                      Truck carriage is somewhat more reliable,                 network is obsolescent. We’re not dealing
                                                      but suffers from poor highway connections                 with     the        $1.6    trillion    needed       for
                                                      and rates five times those of movement                    infrastructure costs.” These U.S.-domestic
 China is preparing its 800 million workers to
                                                      by rail.                                                  shortcomings add up to delays and higher
 measure up to these new job descriptions.
                                                                                                                logistics costs.
 “Workers are being educated to feed
                                                      “There is a fundamental collision between
 the needs of the emerging high tech
                                                      increasing demand in China and port and                   One area of particular concern to shippers is
 and service sectors,” said Rosa Hakala,
                                                      infrastructure        constraints,”    said       David   the     continuing         bottleneck      for     mini-
 Senior Vice-President of Agility Logistics.
                                                      Hoppin of MergeGlobal Inc. “The market                    landbridge imports. “Actual arrival times are
                                                      requires time definite products, origin to                running three to four days above schedule,”
 David Hofmann of Interchina Consulting
                                                      consignee as opposed to simply port-to-                   said Hoppin. “You can’t do much to increase
 pointed to three key drivers fueling the
                                                      port.      Carriers   need    to    offer   financial     the efficiency of West Coast ports without
 march from producer to world’s largest
                                                      performance guarantees, not simply fixed-                 real estate, which is unfortunately scarce.”
 consumer, “Rapid urbanization, second and
                                                      day sailings.”
 third tier cities joining the economic fray, and
                                                                                                                THE FIX
 the emergence of a substantial middle class.”
                                                      The U.S. likewise suffers infrastructure limits           There is no shortage of consensus regarding
                                                      vis-à-vis anticipated trade increases with                infrastructure shortcomings in China, and
 POINT A TO POINT B
                                                      China. “Our very conservative estimates are               ambitious remedies are in the works. Once
 Numbers     again…       9.6    million     square   that in the next 15 years, trade through U.S.             again, the numbers are overwhelming.
 kilometers – a landmass that presents                ports will double. Our railroads, roads and
 daunting      delivery         challenges      for   ports are not keeping up,” said Sean                      China’s eleventh five-year plan includes
 manufacturers and consumers alike.                   Connaughton, Administrator of the U.S.                    aggressive plans to improve intermodal
                                                      Maritime Administration. He cited dredging                connectivity. “Inland development will be
 There is a old axiom that for every 100 miles        backlog       in   preparing       ports    for    new    fueled by the government’s ‘Go West’ policy,”
 you venture into inland China, you go back a         generations of jumbo vessels as another                   said Hakala. The master plan incorporates a
 decade in infrastructure. Remedies to these          critical concern.                                         heavy dose of infrastructure improvements.
 problems hold the key to the nation reaching
 its lofty economic potential.


 Currently, transportation exceeds 20 percent
 of total delivered costs, twice the rate in the
 developed world. “Our railways and roads
 are overloaded,” said Qi Zhang, Third
 Secretary of Commerce at China’s U.S.
 Embassy. “We have an imbalance between
 tracks and feeder lines; and our service
 quality is not so high.”


 Intermodal carriage is particularly afflicted.
 In 2005, a little more than two percent
 of the 75 million TEUs moving in and
 out of the country traveled intermodally.
 Ninety newly dedicated routes have been
 established, but scheduling is sporadic,                                                                                                           Photo: David Smalls

 and   equipment      limited.     Attempts      at
                                                      (From left to right) Miss China; Nick Qin, President and CEO, China Professional Tours; Page Siplon, Executive
 doublestacking are thwarted by equipment             Director, Maritime Logistics Innovation Center; Former U.S. Senator and GPA Board Chairman Mack Mattingly; and
 shortages and height constraints on electrified      Doug J. Marchand, GPA Executive Director.
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                                                                                                                                                          Photo: Russ Bryant
                                                  Rezk suggested additional advantages                  Trapasso explained the shipper’s decision
                                                  for Suez:                                             matrix in choosing which direction to turn when
                                                                                                        leaving China. “In comparing Panama versus
                                                  •   Virtually no vessel size constraints:             Suez routings, the fundamental concerns are
                                                      67 percent of Suez traffic is already             sources and destinations of products,” said
                                                                                                        Trapasso. “South China to the East Coast,
                                                      post-Panamax.
                                                                                                        goods generally go via Panama. From
                                                  •   Suez     can      handle    larger      vessels
                                                                                                        Indonesia and Vietnam, we go via the Suez.”
                                                      than Panama.
                                                  •   Continuing capacity constraints with the
                                                                                                        Trapasso also pointed out lingering concerns



ADVANTAGE                                         •

                                                  •
                                                      U.S. rail system drive all-water routing.
                                                      Panama Canal will reach capacity before
                                                      its expansion is completed.
                                                      India, which is far better served via the
                                                                                                        about vessel size limitations on all-water
                                                                                                        routings, pushing slot costs higher. Physical
                                                                                                        expansions at both canals will help mitigate
                                                                                                        this problem. In addition, he had concerns

ALL-WATER                                             Suez, both transit-time wise as well as
                                                      a more cost effective route, will become
                                                                                                        about Panama Canal rate increases, which
                                                                                                        have been passed along to shippers. Rising
                                                      a much larger trading partner for the U.S.        fuel costs are driving rail costs higher for
                                                                                                        MLB shipments simultaneously.
                                                      in the next five years.
                                                  •   Mid-East cargo is booming with the U.S.
                                                                                                        Advantage all-water. Trapasso ranked more
                                                      East Coast.



T
          he battle is on.                                                                              consistent transits versus mini-landbridge
                                                  •   Transit costs via the Panama Canal are on
                                                                                                        routings, as a clear advantage for the all-
           With capacity issues, congestion           the rise.                                         water option.
           and equipment shortages along the      •   Delays      and   rising   intermodal    costs
U.S. Pacific coast, shippers are increasingly         associated with U.S. west coast gateways          Regardless of which canal routing makes the
gravitating to all-water routing to move goods        are likely to increase.                           most sense for a particular shipper and a
from Asia to the U.S eastern seaboard. The                                                              specific shipment, the U.S. East Coast
vessel volume stakes are high, and interests at   Oscar Bazan, of the marketing division for            destination of choice remains unchanged.
the Panama and Suez canals are ramping up         the Panama Canal Authority painted a
their efforts to capture market share.            promising future for his routing alternative.         “Savannah and its distribution network
                                                  He said that transit and cost advantages              remain the focal hub for a staggering volume
Physical improvements to increase maximum         make Panama the preferred option for                  and array of goods moving to and from
vessel capacity and accelerate transits are the   cargoes moving from northeast Asia to the             China, Asia, IPB and the Middle East,” said
order of the day. By the end of 2007, the Suez    U.S. East Coast. In addition, Panama has              John Wheeler, Georgia Ports Authority
will measure 66 feet in depth. In addition, the   parried recent Suez fee and surcharge                 Director of Trade Development. “We have
number of “double parts” is being increased       concessions with some rollbacks of its own.           traditionally enjoyed a preeminent role as
to increase daily transit capacity from 78 to                                                           first-in, last-out port for cargoes transiting
98 daily.                                         In addition, Bazan details ambitious                  the Panama Canal. More recently, we have
                                                  expansion plans which will redefine the               embarked on a successful and ambitious
“Hong Kong lies on the borderline between         term Panamax in the none-too-distant                  campaign to entice the many new steamship
Suez and Panama Canal routings,” said Suez        future. “The Suez can currently handle                services opting for the Suez. Fortunately, the
Canal General Manager Mahmoud Rezk. “It           larger vessels, but the Panama Canal is               transit, cost and infrastructure advantages
represents the crucial battlefield for which we   catching up,” said Dominick Trapasso, Vice-           that have made Savannah the port of choice
will need to present a convincing case if the     President of Supply Chain Management for              for trade via Panama are equally applicable
all-water concept is to succeed.”                 Oneida, Ltd.                                          to Suez routings.”

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CHINA TRADE and
LOGISTICS CONFERENCE
                                                 Continued from page 15


Construction has already begun on a network of 18 mega-sized
logistics parks. Seven of these will be port-located with the
remaining 11 inland at provincial capitols and major
commercial centers. The first, located in Shanghai, went from
drawing board to operation in an amazing seven months.
Fragmented inland container handling terminals will be
replaced by a network of 100 newly constructed hubs.


On the rail front, 17,000 kilometers of new lines are on the
books. Ninety new dedicated container routes have been
designated. Plans call for all 18 of the new logistics mega-hubs
to be linked by doublestack service. Rail infrastructure
investments under the latest five-year plan will average $8.5
billion per year.


Notwithstanding the tremendous distances involved, plans for
highway improvements are equally ambitious. By early in the
next decade, 35,000 kilometers will have been added to the
highway network, much of it linking emerging inland
commercial centers with ports.


China’s vast inland waterway network dictates an ongoing role
for barge traffic. “The next leap in efficiencies will be
improvements in the barging system – to seagoing barges with
300- to 600-TEUs capacities,” said Robert Kiedal of Maersk.
Frank Jensen of Modern Terminals agreed that inland
connectivity is best achieved by barges versus trucks.


This massive expansion of China’s transportation systems is
critical to its overall economic ambitions. “Transportation
infrastructure development will be the driving force behind
the emergence of the middle class,” said Hofmann.




  Photo: David Smalls


Attracting more than 300 delegates, the third annual China Trade and
Logistics Conference focused on the unique challenge of doing business
with one of the most dynamic and vital marketplaces in today’s global economy.


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EMERGING MARKETS




BEAN THERE
T
            he Port of Brunswick is turning the promise of the China mega-market into reality.                     anticipation of these new dimensions,
                                                                                                                   Colonel’s Island Terminal’s dedicated
         The M/V Worada Naree called to load the port’s first ever soybean shipment                                agri-bulk berth has been deepened to 42
         destined for the Chinese mainland. The more than 26,000-ton shipment of U.S. # 1                          feet at MLW.
Yellow Soybeans was earmarked for applications in the food and livestock industries.
                                                                                                                   There is another important reason for
FGDI, LLC, a subsidiary of F.C. Stone Inc., was responsible for putting together the transaction.                  optimism regarding the future of soybean
Steve Speck, President and CEO, explained the end uses: “The beans are crushed and the oil                         exports via Brunswick. The use of
extracted for use in cooking oil. The remaining meal is utilized in the production of animal                       agri-products in production of alternative
feed.” Some of the oil is also processed for pharmaceutical applications such as the                               diesel fuels is skyrocketing, and the soybean
manufacture of vitamin supplements.                                                                                meal by-product of oil extraction is gaining
                                                                                                                   wide popularity as a resource material.
The shipment was comprised of beans grown in both the Midwest and Georgia. Charlie Regini,                         Energy applications are expected to
Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) agri-business point man, said that the handling flexibility at                     ultimately account for at least 15 percent of
Colonel’s Island was critical in assembling and loading the shipment. “Our vessel turnaround                       all farm product consumption.
time was a crisp three days. This was made possible by the fact that we were able to
simultaneously load product from storage and arriving unit trains at the same time.”                               Grain tonnages for the Colonel’s Island
                                                                                                                   Terminal surpassed FY 2007 projections
Speck was optimistic regarding additional Chinese exports via Colonel’s Island. “By                                before the end of the third quarter. There are
developing additional soybean sales from Brunswick, we will continue to bring the ever-                            multiple reasons to believe that future
growing demand of China directly to the farmers in Georgia and the Midwest.”                                       projections will have to be ramped up
                                                                                                                   significantly. Channel deepening opens up
Historically, U.S. soybeans have enjoyed brisk sales in Asia, particularly Japan. Fortunately for                  the port to a whole new list of contract grain
Brunswick, these cargo flows have taxed the throughput capabilities of other ports. “Many of                       carriers. Shoreside improvements have
the existing grain export facilities are chock-a-block,” said Regini. “There is a definite and                     increased     capacity    and     accelerated
emerging niche for Colonel’s Island for soybeans to China, combo vessels carrying                                  throughput. Soaring worldwide demand for
agri-products to the Caribbean, and winter wheat shipments worldwide.”                                             U.S. grain has exceeded the capacities of
                                                                                                                   many older facilities.
Veterans of the agri-products industry, Speck and Regini have been business acquaintances
for 25 years. They capitalized on the relationship to put this landmark shipment together.                         Central to the GPA’s efforts to grow
“This opportunity just came together within our existing business flow,” Speck said. According                     Colonel’s Island will be a vigorous China
to Regini, “We were able to find the right piece of available ocean carriage for China and                         strategy. Regini, a key player in developing
marry it with FGDI’s timetable and routing.”                                                                       the Brunswick grain business said, “China is
                                                                                                                   in our crosshairs for the future. They are by
FGDI is no newcomer to Brunswick. The firm has previously employed the port for shipments                          far the largest importer of U.S. soybeans. We
to markets worldwide. Speck explained the attraction: “We’ve been doing business in                                intend to emulate GPA’s success in the
Brunswick for quite a few years. We’ve always been impressed with the great attitude and                           China-U.S. container trades in the grain
service from the players who operate the port.”                                                                    sector. The market’s there.”

Speck reverted to his crystal ball for some insights on future grain traffic for Colonel’s Island.                 Look on the shelves of any American retailer,
“The primary limiting factors have always been vessel draft and clearance constraints. With                        and the proliferation of imports from China
the new bridge in place and channel deepening complete, business opportunities via                                 will become quickly apparent. By contrast,
Brunswick will multiple dramatically.”                                                                             the emergence of that nation as a global
                                                                                                                   consumer has been almost glacial.
With the new 36-foot depth leading to Colonel’s Island at mean low water (MLW) along with
the region’s average seven-foot tide range, vessels of 40-foot draft can be accommodated. In                       But change is afoot. Chinese citizens are
                                                                                                                   realizing significant increases in personal
                                                                                                                   wealth, and a sizable middle class is
                                                                                                                   emerging. Discretionary spending has
                                                                                                                   become a reality. The task of supplying a
                                                                                                                   fifth of the world’s population inevitably
                                                                                                                   demands a turn to global sourcing.

                                                                                                                   On the agri-products front, China has long
                                                                                                                   viewed the United States as a preferred
                                                                                                                   provider. As the East Coast’s most modern,
 Photo: David Smalls
                                                                                                                   dedicated grain export facility, Colonel’s
FGDI’s first soybean shipment destine for China departed from the Colonel’s Island Agri-bulk facility aboard the   Island is quickly becoming a prominent
M/V Worada Naree on March 1, 2007.                                                                                 station on the new Orient Express.


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Panama Canal Project Update:
First Tender is for Dry Excavation
By The Panama Canal Authority




P
            anama      City,   Panama      –   The         The scope of work under the contract will include: the removal of non-classified material and
            Panama Canal Authority (ACP)                   disposal of excavated material at indicated locations, and the construction of new gravel roads
            got one step closer to beginning               and ditches.
            its historic expansion on May 7,
2007,    with    the   release     of   the    first       "We are making history with the release of the first construction project tender. The expansion
construction project tender (request for                   is moving forward with good progress," said ACP Engineering and Programs Management
proposal submission) for dry excavation                    Director Jorge L. Quijano. "We hope to attract firms with significant experience in this type of
along the north access channel on the Pacific              work as we begin this important phase of the project."
end of the Canal.
                                                           Information about this tender (No. 67252) is now available through the ACP's online bidding
The Expansion Program adds a new lane of                   system (SLI), http://www.pancanal.com/esp/procsales/buy.html or via the ACP's Web site at
traffic along the Panama Canal through the                 www.pancanal.com. Interested parties have 55 days from the tender release date for bid
construction of a new set of locks, which will             submissions. The ACP expects to award the contract in July or August 2007.
double the tonnage capacity and allow the




                                                                                                                                                                       Illustrations: The Panama Canal Authority
transit of substantially larger vessels. The
North Pacific channel excavation, which will
be located west of Pedro Miguel and locks, is
the first of five dry excavation projects. The
first project will help link the new post-
Panamax locks on the Pacific end of the
Canal to the existing Gaillard Cut and
represents approximately 16 percent of the
total excavation for the new Pacific Locks
Access Channel.




Savannah Welcomes Maersk
M/V Djibouti
On April 10, 2007, the Port of Savannah welcomed the first vessel of the MECL2
service, the Maersk M/V Djibouti. The 5,060-TEU vessel, built in 2004, joins the
growing number of Suez services currently calling on the Port of Savannah. Service
rotation is Savannah, Norfolk, Newark, Algeciras, Gioia Tauro, Suez Canal, Jeddah,
Salalah, Colombo, and Madras/Chennai.
Herman J. Brown, Jr., GPA Sales Representative, Trade Development presented Captain Amity Kumar of
the Maersk M /V Djibouti with clock marking the first vessel of the MECL2 service to Savannah.                                                      Photo: GPA Marketing




                                                                   Port of Savannah Welcomes First
                                                                   Vessel for INDAMEX Service
                                                                   With Capt. S. Turkalj at the helm, the CMA CGM M/V Eiffel arrived in Savannah as
                                                                   the first vessel of the India America Express (INDAMEX) service on May 11, 2007. The
                                                                   4,400-TEU vessel initiated the service with a rotation calling on Colombo, Nhava
                                                                   Sheva, Mundra, Suez, Damietta, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Port Said,
                                                                   Suez, Mundra, Nhava Sheva and Colombo.

                                                                   Captain S. Turkalj accepts a clock from John Petrino, GPA General Manager of Trade Development in
                                    Photo: GPA Marketing           commemoration of the arrival of the M/V Eiffel and the IDAMEX service.

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                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: John Gilman, Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce
General Protecht U.S. Inc.
               to Build in Georgia
                By Ross Glendye




C
            hinese     manufacturer         General        The facility is expected to bring 240 jobs,                From FY2005 to FY2006, China imports
            Protecht U.S. Inc., announced in               as well as $30 million in investment, to                   through Georgia jumped 11 percent, and in
            May plans to purchase more than                Lamar County.                                              the past six years they have almost tripled. In
            200 acres in Barnesville, Ga., for an                                                                     FY2006, 1,116,062 TEUs or 53 percent of the
assembly and distribution center. General                  “The location of General Protecht U.S. to                  GPA’s total 2.1 million TEUs (throughput),
Protecht U.S. Inc. manufactures electrical                 Georgia represents significant economic                    consisted of direct imports and exports to
products,      wired     devices      and      other       investment into the state,” said Stacy                     and from China including Hong Kong.
interrelated products.                                     Watson, Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA)
                                                           Manager      of    Economic       and     Industrial       Georgia is the second largest importer and
“We chose metro Atlanta and Georgia                        Development. “The doors are open to                        exporter of goods to and from Asia on the
because of its position in the heart of the                attract more Chinese-based manufacturing                   U.S. East Coast (USEC). Looking at Hong
nation’s    most     attractive    regions,”    said       opportunities to the Southeast.”                           Kong alone, Georgia is the third largest
Wusheng Chen, General Protecht Chairman                                                                               importer and second largest exporter on the
and CEO. “We will be able to receive                       The Port of Savannah is the South Atlantic’s               USEC. With such strong Asian trade, the
components and parts easily from the Port of               primary connection to Asia. In FY2006,                     GPA is paving the way to accommodate
Savannah and assemble and distribute our                   China became Georgia’s third-largest export                future growth.
final products through Atlanta’s outstanding               destination at $1.1 billion.
logistics infrastructure.”


Standing left to right: Ken Stewart, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Hans Gant, SVP Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber; Georgia
Governor Sonny Perdue; Mme. Ma Xiuhong, Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China; Fang Li, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of the People’s
Republic of China in Houston; Mme. Yao Wenping, Vice President, CCCME; John Ray, Director, General Protecht US Inc; and President, Heritage Capital Advisors LLC.
Seated left to right: Barnsville Mayor Dewaine Bell; Wusheng Chen, President, General Protecht Group; Jay Matthews, Chairman, Lamar County Commission; Kenneth Roberts,
Vice Chair, Barnesville Lamar County Industrial Development Authority.



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One Million Square Feet – For Starters
By John Powers




D
            P      Partners,      a     Nevada-based
            developer of transportation parks
            and facilities, is the newest arrival
            on     the    Savannah         distribution
scene.      On     May    31,     the    firm     staged
groundbreaking           ceremonies          on     two
separate, speculative distribution centers in
Pooler, Ga.


The firm emphasizes strategic, centralized
locations for its facilities. Therefore, the
buildings are located in their 72-acre
“LogistiPort” only four miles from the Port of
Savannah’s       Garden         City    Terminal.   The
                                                                                                                                                         Photo: David Smalls
complex is situated on the west side of
Georgia Highway 307 and less than a mile                    Attending the recent ground breaking for LogistiPort at Savannah were (from left) James V. Mascaro, Eastern
north of Interstate 16, guaranteeing hassle-                Region Development Manager, DP Partners; Lynn Pitts, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Savannah
                                                            Economic Development Authority; Stephen G. Bailey, RLA, DP’s Eastern Region Manager; Jeremy Merklinger,
free access to port terminals and major                     Manager of DP’s Southeast Region; Aaron H. Paris, DP’s Executive Vice President & COO; Earl L. “Buddy” Carter,
highways alike.                                             Georgia State Representative, District 159; Doug J. Marchand, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority; and
                                                            Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb.


Building A will be a 689,400-square-foot
                                                            and Chief Operating officer for DP Partners.               the port, proximity to major population
crossdock facility. Located on a 35-acre site,
                                                            “We needed a mix of products to serve                      centers, diversified steamship services and
it offers access amenities to warm the heart
                                                            different types of clients. Our buildings are              great rail and truck connections. “Through
of the cargo handler: 32-foot clear ceiling
                                                            designed to address this diversity, as well as             all of our planning efforts, we enjoyed
height, bay sizes of 55 feet by 60 feet and
                                                            maximizing      usage     of    our   sites.”      Paris   exceptional partnerships with the Georgia
60 feet by 60 feet, 120 truck docks
                                                            anticipates    build-out       on   the    first    two    Ports     Authority,      Savannah        Economic
expandable to 144, four drive-in doors,
                                                            structures by December 2007.                               Development           Authority        and      local
parking for 186 trailers and 220 cars, energy
                                                                                                                       government,” said Paris.
efficient    T-5      lighting,    and     ESFR     fire-
                                                            DP Partners is also planning a second park in
suppression sprinkler system.
                                                            the Savannah area. Located eight miles west                LogistiPort is good news for the City of
                                                            of I-16 and 15 miles from port terminals,                  Pooler as well. “The project illustrates that
The second facility boasts 58 truck docks
                                                            “LogistiCenter” is a 1,738-acre tract. The                 Pooler is the bull’s eye, not just a target area,
expandable to 72, two drive-in doors,
                                                            property will accommodate five million                     for new development,” said Pooler Mayor
expandable to six, and parking for 66 trailers
                                                            square feet of new industrial and distribution             Mike Lamb. “Companies like working with us
and 160 cars. All other amenities are
                                                            footage, offering multi-tenant spaces in                   because we get things done. The results are
identical to Building A, aside from its square
                                                            increments as small as 100,000 square feet                 new jobs and an expanded tax base for
footage of 347,280.
                                                            and several buildings of one million square                Pooler. We are proud to have an outstanding
                                                            feet each.                                                 company like DP Partners in our city.”
“Our analysis revealed a Savannah market
mixture of very large tenants and 3PLs
                                                            “Nationwide, our objective is to be in all the             DP Partners is a national industrial developer
(Third Party Logistics) with multiple needs,”
                                                            key distribution markets,” said Paris. “Our                of parks and facilities with excellent access to
said Aaron Paris, Executive Vice President
                                                            research indicated Savannah is destined for                transportation infrastructures. Founded in
                                                            annual volume increases of over 200,000                    1960, the firm is ranked in the top ten
                                                            TEUs per year, which will accommodate three                privately owned industrial development
                                                            million square feet per year in distribution               enterprises in the country. Annually, the firm
                                                            center     expansion.”      Other         advantages       develops approximately three million square
                                                            included availability of suitable sites close to           feet of speculative and build-to-suit projects.




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Port of Savannah                                                                                                                                                          Savannah
Trade Area/Line                                            Agent                  Frequency                   Terminal                           Type Service             Ocean Carrier Agency Key

Africa (East-South-West)                                                                                                                                                  ACL     Atlantic Containers
CMA CGM ......................................................CC ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                  (800) 225-1235
Hapag-Lloyd ................................................HPL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF             APL     APL
Hoegh Autoliners ........................................HU ..................Fortnightly..................OT ..........................................RO/RO                     (800) 999-7733
Maersk ............................................................MS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF     AUS     Australia National
Mediterranean Shipping..........................MSC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                                 (912) 963-2825
Safmarine ......................................................MS ................Inducement ................OT ..........BB/CONT/REF/RO/RO                              B       Biehl & Company
ZIM ..................................................................ZIM ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF           (912) 234-7221
                                                                                                                                                                                  (770) 495-0567
Australia/New Zealand                                                                                                                                                     BAR     Barwill Agency
Australia National ......................................AUS..................Bi-Weekly ................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                            (912) 233-3239
CMA CGM ......................................................CC ..................Bi-Weekly ................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                                                                                                                                                          C       Carolina Shipping Montship
Hamburg Sud................................................HS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                                                                                                                                                                  Inc. - General Agent
Hapag-Lloyd ................................................HPL ..................Bi-Weekly ................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                                                                                                                                                                  (912) 234-7221
Maersk ............................................................MS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                                                                                                                                                          CAP     Capes Shipping
Marfret............................................................CAP..................Bi-Weekly ................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                                                                                                                                                                  (888) 627-3738
Safmarine ......................................................MS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                                                                                                                                                          CC      CMA CGM (America) Inc.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics..........WWL ..................10 Days ....................OT ..........BB/CONT/REF/RO/RO
                                                                                                                                                                                  (201) 770-5268
Caribbean/Islands of the Atlantic                                                                                                                                         COS     COSCO
China Shipping ............................................CS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                     (843) 769-5443
CMA CGM ......................................................CC ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF          CS      China Shipping
Emirates ........................................................ESL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                (912) 231-6568
Evergreen Line ..............................................E........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF           E       Evergreen Line
Hapag-Lloyd ................................................HPL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                     (843) 856-7600
Mediterranean Shipping..........................MSC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                         ESL     Emirates Shipping
NYK ................................................................NYK ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF             Agencies (USA)
ZIM ..................................................................ZIM ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF           1-866-488-5501

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                                                                                                                                                                                          SAILING SCHEDULE
Savannah
Ocean Carrier Agency Key            Trade Area/Line                                                Agent                    Frequency                     Terminal                              Type Service

HJ      Hanjin Shipping Co., LTD.   Port of Savannah Sailing Schedule Continued
        (912) 966-1220
        (678) 239-0200
HPL     Hapag-Lloyd (America)       Far East/Indonesia/Malaysia
        (912) 238-3510              APL ..................................................................APL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (800) 351-8811              Australia National ......................................AUS ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
HS      Hamburg Sud                 China Shipping ............................................CS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (888) 920-7447              CMA CGM ......................................................CC ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (888) 930 7447              COSCO ..........................................................COS ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
HU      Hoegh Autoliners Inc.       Emirates ........................................................ESL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (904) 696-7750              Evergreen Line ..............................................E........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
HYU     Hyundai                     Hanjin ..............................................................HJ ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (704) 972-3100              Hapag-Lloyd ................................................HPL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
ISS     Inchcape Shipping           Hyundai ........................................................HYU ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (912) 644-7151              K-line..................................................................K........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                    Maersk ............................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
K       K-Line
                                    Mediterranean Shipping..........................MSC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (800) 609-3221
                                    Mitsui OSK....................................................MOL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (770) 618-4100
                                    NYK ................................................................NYK ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
MOL     Mitsui OSK Lines
                                    Oldendorff ....................................................BAR....................Monthly ....................OT ....................................................BB
        (843) 965-4900
                                    OOCL ............................................................OOC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
MS      Maersk
                                    Pan Ocean ....................................................BAR ................Fortnightly..................OT ....................................................BB
        (800) 321-8807
                                    Rickmers Line ..............................................WIL ................Inducement ................OT ....................................................BB
MSC     Mediterranean Shipping      Safmarine ......................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (843) 971-4100              Saga ..................................................................C ......................Monthly ....................OT ....................................................BB
NL      Norton Lilly, NJ            Stolt ..................................................................ISS ..................Fortnightly ................GCT ............................................BULK
        (908) 791-6893              Toko....................................................................C....................Fortnightly..................OT ....................................................BB
NYK     NYK Marine                  United Arab ..................................................UA......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (912) 964-9413              Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics..........WWL ..................10 Days ....................OT ..........BB/CONT/REF/RO/RO
        (770) 956-9444              Yang Ming ......................................................YM......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
OOC     OOCL (USA), Inc.            ZIM ..................................................................ZIM ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (888) 388-6625
SS      Southern Shipping
        (912) 644-7083              Mediterranean
STR     Star Shipping               China Shipping ............................................CS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (912) 236-4144              CMA CGM ......................................................CC ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (770) 226-5900              COSCO ..........................................................COS ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
TER     Terminal Shipping           Evergreen Line ..............................................E........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (912) 964-5200              Hanjin ..............................................................HJ ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
TUR     Turkon Line                 Hapag-Lloyd ................................................HPL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (201) 866-6966              K-line..................................................................K........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (912) 966-1008              Maersk ............................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
UA      United Arab                 Mediterranean Shipping..........................MSC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (912) 233-1970              NSCSA ..............................................................B ......................21 Days ....................OT ..........BB/CONT/REF/RO/RO
        (908) 272-0050              NYK ................................................................NYK ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
WIL     Rickmers Line
                                    OOCL ............................................................OOC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                    Safmarine ......................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (888) 742-56377
                                    Turkon ............................................................TUR ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
WWL     Wallenius Wilhelmsen
                                    United Arab ..................................................UA......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        Logistics
                                    ZIM ..................................................................ZIM ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (912) 965-7450
YM      Yang Ming (America) Corp.
        (912) 238-0329
                                    North Europe/UK/Ireland/Scandinavia/Baltic
ZIM     Zim American-Israeli
                                    APL ..................................................................APL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
        (912) 964-3100
                                    Atlantic Container Line............................ACL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Savannah Terminal                   Australia National ......................................AUS ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                    CMA CGM ......................................................CC ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
and Cargo Service Keys
                                    Evergreen Line ..............................................E........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                    Hamburg Sud ................................................HS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
GCT     Garden City Terminal        Hapag-Lloyd ................................................HPL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
OT      Ocean Terminal              Hyundai ........................................................HYU ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
CONT    Container                   Jo Tankers ......................................................SS ..................Fortnightly ................GCT ............................................BULK
BB      Breakbulk
BULK    Bulk
RO/RO   Roll-On/Roll-Off
REF     Refrigerated                For all-water and inland transit times and services, visit the GPA Global Carrier Service Matrix at www.gaports.com.

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SAILING SCHEDULE
                                                                                                                                                                                       Savannah Terminal
Trade Area/Line                                                Agent                    Frequency                     Terminal                              Type Service               and Cargo Service Keys


Port of Savannah Sailing Schedule Continued                                                                                                                                            GCT     Garden City Terminal
                                                                                                                                                                                       OT      Ocean Terminal
                                                                                                                                                                                       CONT    Container
                                                                                                                                                                                       BB      Breakbulk
Maersk ............................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
                                                                                                                                                                                       BULK    Bulk
Marfret............................................................CAP..................Bi-Weekly ................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Mediterranean Shipping..........................MSC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                                      RO/RO   Roll-On/Roll-Off
Mitsui OSK....................................................MOL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF                        REF     Refrigerated
NYK ................................................................NYK ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
OOCL ............................................................OOC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Rickmers Line ..............................................WIL ................Inducement ................OT ....................................................BB
Saga ..................................................................C ......................Monthly ....................OT ....................................................BB
Star ..................................................................STR ....................10 Days ....................OT ....................................................BB
VOC STEEL ..................................................TER ....................Monthly ....................OT ....................................................BB
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics..........WWL ..................10 Days ....................OT ..........BB/CONT/REF/RO/RO
ZIM ..................................................................ZIM ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF



Red Sea/Persian Gulf/India/Pakistan/Burma
APL ..................................................................APL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
China Shipping ............................................CS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
CMA CGM ......................................................CC ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
COSCO ..........................................................COS ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Evergreen Line ..............................................E........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Hanjin ..............................................................HJ ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Hapag-Lloyd ................................................HPL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Hoegh Autoliners ........................................HU ..................Fortnightly..................OT ..........................................RO/RO
Hyundai ........................................................HYU ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
K-line..................................................................K........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
MacAndrews..................................................NL ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Maersk ............................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Mediterranean Shipping..........................MSC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Mitsui OSK....................................................MOL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
NSCSA ..............................................................B ......................21 Days ....................OT ..........BB/CONT/REF/RO/RO
NYK ................................................................NYK ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
OOCL ............................................................OOC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Rickmers Line ..............................................WIL ................Inducement ................OT ....................................................BB
Safmarine ......................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
United Arab ..................................................UA......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Yang Ming ......................................................YM......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
ZIM ..................................................................ZIM ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF



South/Central America
APL ................................................................ APL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
China Shipping ............................................CS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
CMA CGM ......................................................CC ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Evergreen Line ..............................................E........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Hamburg Sud ................................................HS ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Hanjin ..............................................................HJ ......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Hapag-Lloyd ................................................HPL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Hyundai ........................................................HYU ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
K-line..................................................................K........................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Maersk ............................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Mediterranean Shipping..........................MSC ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Mitsui OSK....................................................MOL ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
NYK ................................................................NYK ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Safmarine ......................................................MS......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics..........WWL ..................10 Days ....................OT ..........BB/CONT/REF/RO/RO
Yang Ming ......................................................YM......................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF
ZIM ..................................................................ZIM ....................Weekly ....................GCT ..................................CONT/REF




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                                              Port of Brunswick
        Brunswick
        Ocean Carrier Agency Key              Trade Area/Line                                                Agent                   Frequency                      Terminal                             Type Service


        C             Carolina Shipping
                                              Far East/Indonesia/Malaysia
                      (912) 265-9861          Eukor................................................................ISS......................Weekly ......................CI ............................................RO/RO
        HU            Hoegh Autoliners Inc.   Hoegh Autoliners ........................................HU ..................Fortnightly ..................CI ............................................RO/RO
                      (904) 696-7750          Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics..........WWL ..................Weekly ......................CI ............................................RO/RO
        ISS           Inchcape Shipping
                      (912) 644-7151
        STR           Star Shipping           Mediterranean
                      (912) 236-4144          Star ..................................................................STR ....................10 Days ....................MP....................................................BB
        WWL           Wallenius Wilhelmsen
                      Logistics               Mexico
                      (912) 264-9559          VW Transport ................................................C ....................Bi-Weekly....................CI ............................................RO/RO
                      (912) 280-1182

                                              Northern Europe/UK/Ireland/Scandinavia/Baltic
        Brunswick Terminal                    American RO/RO ....................................WWL ..................Weekly ......................CI ............................................RO/RO
        and Cargo Service Keys                VW Transport ................................................C ....................Bi-Weekly....................CI ............................................RO/RO
                                              Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics..........WWL ..................Weekly ......................CI ............................................RO/RO

        CI            Colonel’s Island
        MP            Mayor’s Point           South America (East-North)
        BB            Breakbulk               Star ..................................................................STR ....................10 Days ....................MP....................................................BB
        RO/RO         Roll-On/Roll-Off        VW Transport ................................................C ....................Bi-Weekly....................CI ............................................RO/RO




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PASSING THROUGH




MOVING CARGO                                                                                                               Photo: CW5 Randy Kirgiss




AS A “FORT-TO-PORT” OPERATION
                                                  G
                                                             eorgia’s Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield represent the U.S. Army’s premier
                                                             forces on the East Coast. Together, they are home to one of the most highly trained
                                                             forces in the world: the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), the “Iron Fist” of the
                                                             XVIII Airborne Corps.

                                                   From wartime deployment to training missions, the rapidly deployable mechanized force
                                                   relies on the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) to move its helicopters, Bradley tanks, armored
                                                   personnel carriers, construction and engineering equipment and hundreds of containers for
                                                   each mission.

                                                   When it comes to military deployment, the GPA’s top priority has been and continues
                                                   to be securing our nation’s military interests. Getting the proper equipment to our troops is
                      Photo: CW5 Randy Kirgiss
                                                   a vital operation and one that the GPA proudly assists with at the Port of Savannah’s
                                                   Ocean Terminal.

Recently, the GPA continued its commitment to our nation’s defense by staging a military
deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Port of Savannah is the primary Rapid
Deployment Port for the southeast coast. The GPA choreographed nearly 200 people,
including Reservists, National Guardsmen, civilian support, stevedores, rail support, MPs, Coast
Guard, and driver support from the 3rd Infantry Division. The operation involved transporting
more than 480,000 square feet of cargo to troops in the Middle East. Equipment came from all
over the country, including Forts Stewart, Hunter, Drum, Riley, Dix and Hood, just to name
a few.

“We loaded more than 3,100 pieces of equipment onto three military vessels over a 21-day
period. The cargo arrived via rail and truck and then we loaded it to the vessels in what we refer
to as a ‘Fort to Port’ operation,” said Donald Kessler, GPA’s Safety and Training Manager and
Military Liaison. “This is quite different from our normal commercial shipping operations in that
sensitive military equipment has to be segregated with 24/7 security in place.”

The GPA was involved in every part of the planning process, from the initial planning meetings
to the day the final vessel sailed on April 13, 2007.

The Port of Savannah, identified by the U.S. Maritime Administration as one of the nation’s 13
strategic ports, is expected to continue to play a crucial role in the movement of American
military forces. And every time the port is needed, the employees of the Georgia Ports                                   Photo: CW5 Randy Kirgiss
Authority will be ready.
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                                                                                                                              PROJECT CARGO




  DEVELOPING E
                                                                                          xceptional customer service begins before the
                                                                                          cargo arrives and continues long after it has left
                                                                                          the terminal at the Georgia Ports Authority



   PROACTIVE
                                                                                          (GPA). The GPA’s Client Relations Center (CRC)
                                                                                 offers its customers real-time issue resolution, people
                                                                                 who   speak     the   transportation   language,   logical



PARTNERSHIPS
                                                                                 procedures and evaluation.


                                                                                 Honda Trading America Corporation (HTA) discovered the
                                                                                 value of GPA’s CRC when it moved its cargo through the
Thanks to GPA’s Client Relations Center                                          Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal this spring. More than
                                                                                 50 bundles of steel bars, bound for Detroit by rail, passed
                  Geneva Pinkney, Process Supervisor of GPA’s Client Relations
                        Center, welcomes a test shipment of Honda steel bars.    through Savannah with ease thanks to proactive measures
                                                        Photo: GPA Marketing     taken by GPA’s CRC working together with its Trade
                                                                                 Development and Ocean Terminal operations teams.


                                                                                 Special requirements for this cargo called for it to be
                                                                                 blocked and braced in its gondola rail car, as well as
                                                                                 stored and shipped clear of excess debris.


                                                                                 “The CRC’s effort to understand and take ownership of
                                                                                 requirements through communication, planning and
                                                                                 coordination has proven thus far to be a value added
                                                                                 service to our logistics team,” said a HTA representative.


                                                                                 The CRC facilitated arrangements and communication
                                                                                 between Honda and GPA’s operations team at Ocean
                                                                                 Terminal prior to receiving the shipment, as well as
                                                                                 offering open dialogue for evaluation post-shipment.


                                                                                 “As a front-line communications tool, our CRC provides
                                                                                 Savannah customers a direct, responsive link to service
                                                                                 assistance, cargo coordination and issue resolution,”
                                                                                 said Doug J. Marchand, GPA’s Executive Director.
                                                                                 “Our team’s ability to deliver effective solutions to flow
                                                                                 cargo in and out of our terminals is an advantage for
                                                                                 our customers.”


                                                                                 The CRC is unique among U.S. ports, offering the GPA’s
                                                                                 customers a distinct advantage. With one person as the
                                                                                 point of contact at the CRC, communication lines are
                                                                                 consistent and always available. Open communication,
                                                                                 along with the operations model used at Ocean Terminal,
                                                                                 provides a proactive approach to moving cargo. The
                                                                                 model includes project coordination before its arrival,
                                                                                 on-going communication while cargo is transiting GPA’s
                                                                                 docks and terminals, as well as a debriefing evaluation
                                                                                 after the shipment leaves the gates.


                                                                                 "Our highly skilled CRC team strives to exceed our
                                                                                 customers' expectations by being knowledgeable about
                                                                                 all aspects of transportation," said Gordon Hammer,
                                                                                 General Manager for GPA’s CRC. "We partner with our
                                                                                 customers to provide real-time, proactive communication
                                                                                 about all aspects of shipments through the Port
                                                                                 of Savannah."


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                                                                                                                                                      PORTFOLIO


New Real-Time Inspection Tracking Software
Presented to Savannah Community


I
          n partnership with U.S. Customs
          and     Border    Protection    (CBP),
          the     Georgia    Ports    Authority
          (GPA) has developed a real-time
container inspection tracking system that
improves critical communication between
the two agencies.


To    introduce    this    new     software    to
the    Savannah       community,         Herman
Brown, GPA Sales Representative, was
the featured speaker for the Independent
Freight     Forwarders        and      Customs
Brokers     Association       of     Savannah’s
                                                      Photo: GPA Marketing
monthly meeting.
                                                    Herman J. Brown, Jr., GPA Sales Representative providing presentation to IFFCBA of Savannah on COAT.
This new web-based system, known as
COAT, was launched in first quarter 2007.           COAT is accessible to CBP anywhere its                    environment. Taking into account all of its
The system is named COAT to represent               officers have Internet access and replaces a              customer-friendly functionality, the new
CBP’s four processes: ATCET (Contraband             stand-alone database system previously used               COAT System is a remarkable product,”
Enforcement Team), Outbound, Agriculture            in-house by CBP in Savannah. The COAT                     said John Wheeler, GPA’s Director of Trade
and Trade. COAT allows local CBP officers to        system is directly integrated with Navis                  Development. "Our people, together with
notify GPA when a container is designated           Express at the Port of Savannah. GPA’s                    CBP's     Savannah       team,     identified     a
for inspection, creates work orders to move         customers     can    track    shipments      online       challenge and moved quickly through a
containers through the inspection process,          through Express in real-time. The COAT                    wealth of in-house talent to provide a
updates seal changes and tracks the release         software, GPA’s latest information technology             solution. We take pride in addressing
of individual containers – all in real time.        development, also alerts CBP to the location              customer       needs      through      innovative
                                                    of held containers in the process of being                thinking and the resulting product is no
Brown explained how the new COAT system             cleared, helping make the port secure.                    exception. Every day we're driven to
gives the GPA and CBP the ability to release                                                                  separate ourselves even further from the
containers in real time regardless of location      “Nothing is more critical to a customer                   competition; COAT is reflective of our
on terminal.                                        than 24/7 communication in a real-time                    determination to do so."




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GPA/Port of Shimizu
Essay, Art Contest                               NATIONAL MARI
                                                 By Edward H. H. Howard




                                                 PORT OF SAVANNAH



                                                 T
                                                            he        Savannah       maritime
                                                            community celebrated National
                                                            Maritime Day on May 18, 2007.
                                                            Celebrated       annually      since
                                                 1933, National Maritime Day has special
                                                 significance for Savannah. On May 22,
                                                 1819,   the     SS    Savannah,     the    first
                            Photo: Lynn Wright   steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean,
                                                 departed      from    her   namesake       city.



T
         he Georgia Ports Authority (GPA),
         on behalf of the Propeller Club         The Port of Savannah’s celebration
         of the United States – Port of          included a traditional wreath laying, the
         Savannah and the Chatham                Propeller Club’s changing of the guard,
County school system, honored the winners        and honoring people who have been
of the Port of Shimizu Essay/Art Contest at      involved      in     Savannah’s     maritime
the Port of Savannah’s National Maritime         community. The celebration was held                                            Photo: Lynn Wright
Day Celebration.


Students were presented with gifts from                                                             at   the   SS   Savannah     monument       on
the Port of Shimizu at the ceremony. In                                                             River Street.
honor of the GPA’s partnership with the
Port of Shimizu, located in Shimizu, Japan,                                                         CDR David W. Murk was honored as Maritime
the GPA asked students at three local                                                               Person of the Year. As the captain of the port
elementary schools - Pooler, Port                                                                   who has the responsibility of regulating
Wentworth and Thunderbolt - to write                                                                industry, Murk conveyed his appreciation:
essays and draw pictures to exchange                                                                “The Port of Savannah is truly a gem of a
with the Port of Shimizu.                                                                           port. It’s all of you within the maritime
                                                                                                    community that have made my tour here a
Contest honorees included: Jody Settle
(1st), Rashanik Mumford (2nd), and Erica
Waters (3rd) of Pooler Elementary School;
Manuel Cabrera (1st), Nathaniel Vaughn
(2nd), and Alex Fields (3rd) of Port
                                                                             Photo: Lynn Wright
Wentworth Elementary School; Isaiah
McIntosh (1st), Henry Pham (2nd), Reaunte
Vaughn (3rd), and Rekwan Cooper (3rd) of
Thunderbolt Elementary School.


The essays and pictures were sent to the
Port of Shimizu.




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TIME DAY 2007
 tremendous experience. I could not have asked for a better place and a better group of people
 to work with. I look forward to another great year.”


 Tom Wright was selected as Propeller Club’s Person of the year. Outgoing Propeller Club
 President Ralph Maggioni passed the gavel over to incoming Propeller Club President Hugh
 Loyd, GPA’s Accounting Manager, at the ceremony.


 PORT OF BRUNSWICK
 A faithful few gathered to honor Merchant Marines at the Port of Brunswick’s National Maritime
 Day celebration on May 18. The ceremony’s remembrance ensures history is preserved at the
 Port of Brunswick, according to Bill Dawson, GPA’s General Manager of Operations for
 Brunswick and Barge Facilities.


 The International Seafarer’s Center, the Golden Isles Maritime Club the Brunswick Propeller Club,
 the Navy League and the GPA sponsored Brunswick’s Maritime Day celebration.


 In accordance with naval tradition, a wreath was thrown into the water off the dock at Mary Ross
 Waterfront Park, honoring those who lost their lives in the line of duty as a merchant marine.
 Captain Charlie Carroll (retired) threw the wreath in honor of his many friends.

                                                                                                          Photo: Lynn Wright
 “For    Port    cities   like
 Brunswick, it is crucial
 to remember its unique
 history    as     a      port
 city,   along    with     its
 connection to the local
 and national economy,”
 said Tom Maytok of the
 Seafarer’s Center.




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WTOC-TV and GPA Salute Top Teachers
                                                                                                                         The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is a proud
                                                                                                                         sponsor of the WTOC-TV Top Teacher
                                                                                                                         Program.      This     community       partnership
                                                                                                                         involves    regional     school    districts    that
                                                                                                                         embrace learning and the education process,
                                                                                                                         along with the recognition and celebration of
                                                                                                                         the accomplishments of area teachers. More
                                                                                                                         than 250 teachers representing 50 schools in
                                                                                                                         K-12 education were nominated. The Top
                                                                                                                         Teacher recognition is given on a weekly basis
                                                                                                                         throughout the school year.

                                                                                                                         Not pictured: Jeff Adams, Wayne County High School;
                                                                                                                         Barbara Bryant, St. Frances Cabrini School; Chuck
                                                                                                                         Drawdy, West Chatham Middle School; Debra Fallin,
                                                                                                                         Claxton High School; Michele Finley, Islands
                                                                                                                         Elementary School; Fran Folson, Glennville Elementary
                                                                                                                         School; Marlene Griffith, Wayne County High School;
                                                                                                                         Shonta Hanks, St. Paul Academy for Girls; Cherie M.
                                                                                                                         Hooks, Swainsboro High School; Julie Hutcheson,
Left (left to right, Row 1): Kerri Matthews, Springfield Elementary School; Jean Adams, James E. Bacon Elementary        Walker Middle School; Joseph Hymes, Hubert Middle
School; Carol Smith, Metter Elementary School; Monica Simmons, Hodge Preparatory School, (Row 2): Justin                 School; Vera Johnson, DeRenne Middle School;
Chester, Portal Middle/High School; Lynn Lamb, Mattie Lively Elementary School; Katheryn Whitney, Spencer                Richard K. McCombs, Statesboro High School; Tim
Elementary School, (Row 3): Nicole Shuman, Reidsville Elementary School; Shirley Lindsey, Lyman Hall Elementary          Mincey, Langston Chapel Middle School; Candy Parker,
School; Karen J. Collins, Mercer Middle School. Right (Row 1): Andrea W. Verdis, Savannah Arts Academy; Pam              Smiley Elementary School; Susan Paul, Gould
Bilenski, Marlow Elementary School; Trang C. Black, Snelson Golden Middle School, (Row 2): Sabrina Roberds-              Elementary School; Gary Roberts, Morningstar at New
Smith, Heard Elementary School; Loretta Bennett, Juliette Low Elementary School; Brenda Newkirk, Juliette Low            Faith; Lisa Sherrod, Claxton Elementary School; Carol
Elementary School, (Row 3): Kaye Brown, Wade Hampton High School; Chris Brist, Bartow Elementary School,                 Smith, Metter Elementary School; Amy Squires, Lady’s
(Row 4): Marsha Davis, Windsor Forest Elementary School; Josie Wood, Jeff Davis Primary School; John Sutlive,            Island Elementary School; Tracy Taylor, Claxton High
Savannah Arts Academy.                                                                                                   School; Bradley Wallace, Savannah Arts Academy.




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                                                                                                       Project Cargo                          ISPM 15 Compliant
                                                                                                                        Special Projects




                                                                                                         8 Aviation Court • Garden City, GA 31408
                                                                                              P: 912.964.0707 • F: 912.964.0808 • www.clg-sav.com

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NOTEWORTHY


Bloess Hired as Safety and Loss Control Manager at GPA

J
            ohn Bloess has been hired as safety and loss control manager at Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). In his position,
            Bloess will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of GPA’s comprehensive safety
            and loss program.


Previously, he was employed as a loss control manager at The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.


Bloess holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Texas State University and a Georgia Tech certificate in
industrial safety.                                                                                                                                              JOHN BLOESS




Atlantic Container Service, Inc. Promotes Three

S
            avannah, GA – Atlantic Container Service, Inc. (ACS) and sister company, Lanport,                             Cary began his career with ACS in 1993 and
            Inc. announce the following promotions: Peggy Parrish to Vice President of                                    was promoted to general manager of sales in
            Administration; Tony Noles to Vice President of Operations; and Scott Cary to Vice                            1998. He remains active in the Maritime
            President of Sales.                                                                                           Association and the Propeller Club. With his
                                                                                                                          recent     promotion,        Cary    will   focus      on
Parrish began her career with ACS in 1982 as one of the company’s first employees. As the new                             expanding the ACS / Lanport customer base,
vice president of administration, Parrish is responsible for the administration of the seven ACS                          streamlining marketing efforts and visiting
and Lanport locations, as well as training all new hires in administrative duties.                                        site locations.


                                                                         In 1985, Noles joined ACS as the                 In the container maintenance and repair
                                                                         port supervisor and became the                   business for more than 25 years, ACS, along
                                                                         General Manager of Operations. As                with     its    sister    company      Lanport,     are
                                                                         past president of the Savannah                   headquartered in Savannah, Ga. The group
                                                                         Traffic Club, he was honored four                offers a full range of terminal services, chassis
                                                                         times an IICL chassis and container              rental, equipment sales and full service
                                                                         inspector.       With       this      new        maintenance and repair services for chassis,
                                                                         advancement, Noles will oversee                  container and refrigeration needs in Savannah,
  PEGGY PARRISH             TONY NOLES              SCOTT CARY           operations, productivity and ensure              Atlanta,       Norfolk,   Charleston,       Huntsville,
                                                                         customer satisfaction.                           Memphis and Boston.




GPA Hosts Wage Survey Luncheon




                                                                                                                                                    Photo: Edward H. H. Howard


In June 2007, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) hosted local human resource professionals to report data from a wage survey.

Pictured left to right: Donna Carter, Great Dane; Connie Lewis, City of Savannah; Jim Wisham, GPA; Lise Marshall, GPA; Don Stubbs, St. Joseph’s/Candler; Butch Krishnamurti, Great
Dane; Helen Godbee, Chatham County; Jan Brown, St. Joseph’s/Candler; Thor Egede-Nissen, TICO; Kristine Sheehan, TICO; Lazuenne Futrell, Home Depot; Tony Anderson, GPA;
Maria Miller, Home Depot; Mike Taylor, GPA; Lara Hoium, Home Depot; Ron Cady, Tronox; Butch Almeida, Colonial Group; Rosa Simmons, GPA; Ted Quarterman, GPA; and Gail Dick,
City of Savannah.

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