Ga Ports Authority: Bringing Business to the South


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It’s the dawn of a new Golden Age in shipping at the Port of Savannah. And Georgia Ports Authority is at the helm, propelling Savannah toward number one.

During the Vice President’s recent visit, men in black suits blocked off his view of the waterfront from city hall -- safety precautions. But Mayor Deloach managed to slip him a coin-sized peak. After all, what’s a trip to the Hostess City without a glimpse of Savannah’s crown jewel?

The largest single-container operation of its kind in North America, the Port of Savannah boasts two sprawling terminals—a 1200-acre container facility in Garden City and a 200-acre one at the base of the Talmadge Bridge.

Each day, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), established by the legislature in 1945, deftly choreographs the movements of thousands of workers in this miniature city within a city overlooking the Savannah River. Thirty-eight freighters dock each week, the largest to date approximately three-and-a-half football fields in length.

Once these behemoths clear the bridge, tiny tugboats guide them to shore where union workers secure them for loading and unloading by cranes extending upward of 412 feet in the air. Ever stood beneath the historic Candler Oak across from Forsyth Park? If you have, picture eight such trees one on top of the other and that’s how high the cranes soar.

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Events Calendar

  • Designer's Showcase: Dressed for the Season

    Nov 12, 2018
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Kaminski House Museum

    The Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, South Carolina will be dressing the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum this holiday season with...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Charitable Hearts for Children Unveil & Networking Event

    Nov 13, 2018
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ New York Life

    Please join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres, networking, and the exciting unveil of our new nonprofit - Charitable Hearts for Children - at this...

  • An Evening with Charles Frazier

    Nov 14, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Trinity United Methodist Church

    “An Evening with Charles Frazier” is part of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home’s Ursrey Lecture Series. The series is endowed in memory...

  • Bethesda Academy Open House

    Nov 15, 2018
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Bethesda Academy

    Bethesda Academy will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for prospective students and their parents or guardians to get a glimpse of the...

  • Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

    Nov 15, 2018
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ 39 Rue de Jean

    Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day at 39 Rue De Jean in Savannah! The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau symbolizes the official end of this year’s...

  • American Traditions Competition Johnny Mercer Birthday Gala: "An Evening of Wine and Roses"

    Nov 15, 2018
    6:30 PM - 9:45 PM @ Plantation Club at The Landings

    The ATC’s fourth annual Johnny Mercer Birthday Gala, “An Evening of Wine and Roses,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at The...

  • Savannah Classical Academy Strings Conservatory Concert

    Nov 15, 2018
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The Savannah Classical Academy Strings Conservatory Ensemble will showcase the talent of its students at 7 p.m, Thursday, Nov. 15 at Skidaway...

  • ATC on Tybee Presents New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Ordorisio

    Nov 15, 2018
    8:00 PM - 9:45 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Odorisio is the latest ATC concert from the new “ATC on Tybee” series at 8 p.m....

  • Howard Family Dental 10th Annual Free Dental Day

    Nov 16, 2018
    6:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Howard Family Dental

    Howard Family Dental is proud to offer their 10th annual Free Dental Day, held on Friday, November 16th, 2018. The staff and dentists at Howard...

  • ATC on Tybee presents From New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Odorisio

    Nov 16, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Our second concert in partnership with American Traditions Vocal Competition brings two outstanding performers to our stage: Joshua Carswell, the...

  • Donut Run 5k

    Nov 17, 2018
    8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Bernard Williams and Company is proud to bring you the 3rd annual Baker's Pride Challenge This is the craziest race in Savannah. The...

  • Asbury Memorial UMC's Pecan and Honey Harvest

    Nov 17, 2018
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Madison Square

    Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC) is slated to host its fifth annual Pecan and Honey Harvest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17,...

  • Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters Reinterpretation Community Celebration

    Nov 17, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

    Telfair invites the local community to participate in the unveiling of new interpretive exhibits at the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. The...

  • The Amazing Acro-Cats!

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  • Savannah UGA Alumni: UGA v. Massachusetts

    Nov 17, 2018
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    This season, The Grove will be the official UGA Savannah Alumni Chapter game watching location! With four bars + rooftop, delicious food and...

  • Philharmonic in the Streetz

    Nov 18, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Greenbriar Children's Center

    The Savannah Philharmonic and Greenbriar Children’s Center are gearing up for “Philharmonic in the Streetz” from 1-4 P.M. on Sunday, Nov. 18,...

  • Johnny Mercer's 109th Birthday Bash

    Nov 18, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Join us this Sunday afternoon for a concert celebrating the 109th birthday of Savannah’s favorite son, the immortal Johnny Mercer! A half dozen...

  • Fall 2018 Lecture Series - “BURDEN: A True Story for Our Times” by Courtney Hargrave

    Nov 18, 2018
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  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise

    Nov 22, 2018
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Scenes of the South

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.

Boo Bash

This spooktacular evening included hors d’oeuvres, “spirits,” music and dancing, a Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, Halloween-themed entertainment, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and talent contest. Contest categories included: Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Stand-up Comedy and Lip Syncing.

Masquerade at the Mansion

Plenty of patrons donned masks and beads for an unforgettable Mardi Gras at the Mansion. There unique entertainment, food, and decor including magic fire, beignets, king cake and a photo booth, plus music and dancing, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises.

DineSouth After Party

This year's DineSouth ended in a blast. Dozens headed over to Barrellhouse, who hosted the after party. They enjoyed great drinks and live music by Individually Twisted.

DineSouth 2018

This year's DineSouth sponsored by Fulfillment.com was the greatest yet! South magazine has once again put on a night filled with fantastic food and entertainment. Guests enjoyed delicious food & drinks in the city while getting the opportunity to meet and mingle with the best chefs in the South. The entertainment was amazing with American Idol winner Candice Glover, unique band Velvet Caravan and the acoustic sounds of Annie Allman. The event supported the local Salvation Army.

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.

Closet Raiders

Described as the “superbowl of fashion”, Closet Raiders was taped at the Lucas Theatre in front of a live audience. Contestants showed off their personal style fashion knowledge. Hosted by Savannah locals Reneé LaSalle and Kevin Cartee, offered the chance to win a closet full of designer clothes.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

Local celebrities competed on stage to help support the mission to provide training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children of Savannah and Chatham County.