December 12-- A project in Central America has big economic implications for South Georgia. Work is currently underway to make the Panama Canal accessible to super large ships and when that work is completed, the Port of Savannah wants to be ready to accomodate the vessels around the clock.
Leo Beckmann with the Georgia Ports Authority told Vidalia Kiwanians its vital to deepen Savannah harbor. "Those ships want to come here. They're already coming to the East Coast and calling on all the ports. When we can accomodate them at all tides, they will be able to achieve maximum efficiency. They're coming in light now because the economy is a slow right now, but when the economy picks up they're going to want to come in as heavy as possible," Beckman says.
Beckman hopes all the federal and state red tape can be finished in early 2012 so work on the harbor project can get started and be completed by 2016.