Today is a busy day for the state’s maritime community.
The Jasper Ocean Terminal Project Office, the bi-state commission charged with planning the $5 billion port in Jasper County, will hold its board meeting this morning at the S.C. State Ports Authority headquarters in downtown Charleston.
That will be followed by the S.C. State Ports Authority hosting its monthly board of directors meeting at 1 p.m. The meeting will include financial, cargo and productivity reports for SPA’s operations.
The Jasper Ocean Terminal Project Office, comprised of officials from South Carolina and Georgia, will meet at 9 a.m.
The Jasper port is a joint venture between the states of South Carolina and Georgia, longtime rivals in the Southeast maritime trade.
Last meeting, which was in October, included discussions about the construction timeline for the port planned to open in 2029.
The Jasper Ocean Terminal was conceived in 2008 for a 1,500-acre site that is now a dredge spoil area downriver from the Port Savannah.
The project is still in the early planning stages and has become tangled in controversy over a plan to deepen the river to support Savannah, a key rival for the Port of Charleston.
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