South Carolina officials will be at a bi-state meeting this week about the Jasper Ocean Terminal. That's the proposed jointly-run seaport on South Carolina's side of the Savannah River. South Carolina officials had threatened to walk away from talks, saying issues around Savannah's harbor deepening project were a threat to the cross-state effort.
South Carolina officials are taking aim again at the proposal to deepen the Savannah harbor. This time, their criticism deals with how harbor deepening will affect plans to build a new port on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River. South Carolina lawmakers say, the site of the proposed port will be used as a place to dump river-bottom material.
Savannah harbor deepening is first and foremost among legislative concerns for Georgia's coastal delegation. But there's another port-related project coming up behind harbor deepening that supporters hope lawmakers take up. It's a new Savannah River seaport that is to be jointly run with South Carolina in that state's Jasper County.
A consultant working on a joint port project being developed by the states of Georgia and South Carolina says, it could be just two years before the port seeks its permits. The consultant also says, the Jasper Ocean Terminal, on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River, could be up an running by 2025.