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GPA Statement: Imperial Sugar Refinery Fire

Savannah, GA ¡V February 8, 2008 ¡V The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Garden City Terminal just north of Savannah, GA was not impacted by the explosion and fire that occurred at the Imperial Sugar Refinery last night at approximately 7:15 PM.

growing volume of cargo at Savannah,¡¨ said GPA¡¦s Executive Director Doug J. Marchand.  ¡§They represent the promise of future growth and opportunity for our community and the state of Georgia.¡¨

This morning, GPA is staging a blood drive to help replenish the local blood supplies in the wake of the explosion at the sugar refinery.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured, the missing, their family members and the entire Imperial Sugar community.

Once again, terminal operations suffered no negative impacts and the Garden City Terminal remains open for business.

For additional information, please contact Robert Morris, Director of External Affairs, at (912) 964-3855 or fax at (912) 964-3921. E-mail is available via Visit the GPA web site at