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Savannah Pilots Association

The Environmental Protection Agency could give Savannah's harbor pilots more time to comply with stricter pollution controls. 

 

The pilot boats that go out to meet container ships coming into the Port of Savannah have to be relatively small, under 65 feet. Otherwise they would face speed restrictions designed to protect right whales.

Sea to Shore Alliance, taken under NOAA research permit 20556

Six endangered North Atlantic right whales died in June, four of them last week alone. This brings Georgia's official state marine mammal even closer to extinction. 

Researchers estimate that just 411 North Atlantic right whales remain. Six of them dying in one month — among them, three of breeding age — is significant. 


Sea to Shore Alliance, taken under NOAA research permit 20556

Six endangered North Atlantic right whales have died in June, four of them this week. This brings Georgia's state marine mammal even closer to extinction.


Stephen Morton / Georgia Ports Authority

A delegation from Georgia was in Panama Sunday to mark the opening of the new expansion of the Panama Canal. It will allow larger cargo ships to pass from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is getting Georgia's ports ready to receive those ships. They do call at the Port of Savannah already, but they can't carry a full load of cargo and they can only travel up the river at high tide.