Towering almost 200 feet above water level, two massive new Super Post-Panamax cranes for local port facilities arrived at the Port of Savannahs Ocean Terminal last week. Ê Ê
To get here, the cranes made a 47-day journey aboard a custom-made ship, the 505-foot Dock Express 10, originating at the port of Tianjin, China.
The cranes are the largest ship-to-shore cranes in the world, according to the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). Each has a length of 465 feet, a height of 374 feet with its boom raised, a weight of 1,369 tons and a span capacity of 22 containers across and six containers high on deck. Ê
Were very happy the new cranes have finally arrived, said GPA Executive Director Doug J. Marchand, who has waited nearly two years for the shipment. With the cranes capacity to handle the worlds largest cargo vessels, the economic impact to the state of Georgia will be tremendous.
The cranes are not only the first cargo unloaded at GPAs as-yet-uncompleted Container Berth 8 (CB-8).
Theyre also probably the largest and most complex cargo that will ever be unloaded there as well,GPA spokesman Robert Morris tells Connect Savannah. So theyre not only the first, but the largest.Ê
When completed in 2006, Container Berth 8 will increase capacity at the port by 20 percent, creating an additional 10,800 jobs for the state, GPAsays.
Ê The Port of Savannah currently ranks as the nations fourth largest containerport and remains one of the fastest growing containerports in the U.S.
Local golf show premiers
Comcast Cable Seven will premier a new golf show, On the Green, with host Tim Iley, executive director of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
On the Green will air Sundays at 6:30 p.m. and will provide viewers with an in-depth look at golf courses in Savannah and the surrounding areas,says a Comcast spokesman.
Repeat episodes will be shown on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Get your wishes ready
Three Wishes, a new NBC show hosted by Grammy-winning singer and Georgia native Amy Grant, is looking for locals who want their wishes granted.
The show will spotlight people who have inspiring or touching stories to tell,says Three Wishesspokesperson Stacy Kitter. No story is too big or small. Were looking for emotional stories of people in need.
Kitter says The wishes can involve fantasies, reunions, and personal journeys -- as long as the wishes come from the heart.
If youd like to ask for a wish or nominate someone deserving, e-mail Stacy at
To be considered for the show, every submission must include background info on the person(s) being nominated; a creative and specific wish to be granted; a picture of the nominee and all contact info; and your name, city and state in the subject line of the e-mail.
Sorry, no home makeovers,Kitter adds.
This years Nutcracker to boast live orchestra
Following up on the success of her Savannah-themed Nutcracker ballet this past December -- featuring a cameo by Paula Deen -- Savannah Danse Theatre Director Suzanne Braddy plans to go herself one better this coming Christmas.
Braddy has contracted with forty area musicians, including many former members of the now-defunct Savannah Symphony, to perform on December 9-11 at the Lucas Theatre.
Ive been talking about this for a couple of years now,Braddy tells Connect. As a native Savannahian and with the symphony not around anymore, it was very important to me that this area have a live orchestra at the Nutcracker. Live musicians make so much of a difference.
Though the cost to hire the musicians may sound expensive -- about $40,000 according to Braddy -- for 40 of them its a reasonable price, she says.
Savannah Danse Theatre is currently embarking on a capital campaign to raise the money for the orchestra. To contribute or to get involved in that effort, contact them at 897-2100 or at Savannah Danse Theatre, 115 Charlotte Rd., Savannah, Ga. 31410.
Bio: A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for ten years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for ten years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series.more