Political Notes — Ports Authority has a record year for shipping

[private]The Georgia Ports Authority said the state’s shipping facilities handled a record amount of cargo in fiscal year 2017 — 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), an increase of 6.7 percent over the previous year.

“Our volume growth continues to outpace forecasted demand,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Shipping lines are moving 13,000- and 14,000-TEU vessels into service on the east coast more quickly than anticipated, and concentrating their deliveries at efficient gateway ports like Savannah.

“Phenomenal cargo growth on this scale is made possible by the strong partnership we enjoy with the International Longshoremen’s Association, the unwavering support of Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly, and the confidence our customers have in Georgia’s ports,” GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said.

As one result of the growth in shipping, the GPA board this week approved spending $72.75 million for six additional Neopanamax ship-to-shore cranes. They are scheduled to arrive in 2020 as an addition to a previous order for four cranes that will be operational next year.

“This new crane purchase, along with the four already on order, will enable GPA to increase crane capacity by nearly 40 percent,” Lynch said.

Ralston appointments

House Speaker David Ralston has appointed five House members to the Joint Study Committee on Stream Buffers in Georgia: Reps. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan), the chair, and Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), Chad Nimmer (R-Blackshear), and Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville).

Ralston also appointed to the study committee Tom Crymes of Newnan, Dale Greene, the dean of the University of Georgia’s school of forestry, and Mike Worley, president of the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Deal appointment

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Bambi Riley, the wife of his chief of staff Chris Riley, to the Board of Review for the state Labor Department, a board that handles appeals of the department’s administrative decisions on unemployment benefits.

In a June 22 executive order, Deal also named Atlanta media figure Xernona Clayton Bradley and Harvey K. Persons III to the review board. Their terms expire in 2023.

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