A joint panel of South Carolina and Georgia officials are meeting in downtown Charleston today to discuss plans for a new marine terminal in Jasper County.

The board of the Jasper Ocean Terminal is meeting at the S.C. State Ports Authority's headquarters on Concord Street at 10 a.m.

The panel's discussions include cargo ship capacity of the Savannah River.

The board has been studying whether the river, which already is used by the Port of Savannah, can handle the additional cargo ships from a second river port.

The Jasper port project was conceived in 2008 for a 1,500-acre site that is now a dredge-spoil area down river from the Port of Savannah. The site will be charged with handling cargo once Port of Charleston and Port of Savannah reach capacity limits.

Last spring, research firm Moffat & Nichols reported that the Jasper County terminal would be a viable operation by 2025, but may not open until 2026 because of the permitting processes.

Officials for the firm said the findings were based on factors such as trends showing capacity topping out at existing ports in South Carolina and Georgia.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.