Truck drivers who haul goods in and out of the Port of Savannah are planning their second protest in several months for Tuesday morning. This time, they’re calling on Georgia Ports Authority officials to meet with drivers to discuss their requests for better working conditions, including better pay and benefits. Ben Speight is a Teamsters union organizer. He says many drivers feel ignored by the Georgia Ports Authority.
The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to authorize spending for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. State officials hailed the vote as a major breakthrough for the state's top federal priority. But some opponents still say the nearly $700 million dollar project is far from a done deal.
On Wednesday, four new cranes began operating at the Port of Savannah. These cranes are some of the largest in the world. They are part of the port's efforts to be ready for large ships expected to sail through Savannah on route to the Panama Canal. GPB's Orlando Montoya got a behind-the-scenes tour from 140 feet in the air.
The Georgia Ports Authority is reporting another record year in auto imports. A rebound in the car and truck industry led to a nearly 12% increase in auto and machinery handling in the last fiscal year. Most of the agency's auto business is at the Port of Brunswick.