S.C., Ga. agree to fund Jasper port deal for another year

The proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal site (upper right) is on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.

It seems fitting to mark a watershed moment for a big maritime project.

In the case of the proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal, the approval of a new budget was cause to celebrate.

At a meeting last week, the S.C. State Ports Authority and the Georgia Ports Authority agreed to contribute $1.25 million apiece to fund the fiscal 2016 spending plan for the long-planned Jasper County shipping terminal.

The board in charge of the project passed a budget that includes accomplishing further studies of the site design, sediment, access corridor and the channel improvements that will be needed to accommodate huge ships carrying 14,000 or more cargo containers.

The board also agreed to recruit a third party to complete an environmental impact study.

“This was a watershed meeting for our board,” David Posek, chairman, said in a statement. “A significant amount of work has been completed this fiscal year, and as we look forward to a new year ahead, we’re well on our way to beginning the permitting process for the terminal.”

The 2016 work plan includes geological studies and conceptual work on terminal design by Moffat & Nichol, and the year is expected to culminate with a permit application to the Army Corps of Engineers for the new terminal and channel deepening and widening.

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 the Port of Charleston and the Port of Savannah reach capacity limits. The South Carolina and Georgia ports authorities have contributed $8.3 million toward the bistate project since 2011.

Today’s a notable occasion for Patriots Point and the family of a fallen war veteran. The state-owned Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant is dedicating its Huey Helicopter 66-15005 to the memory of Army Specialist 4 Kenneth Plavcan, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War while onboard the aircraft on Oct. 1, 1968. He was 21.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. Plavcan’s family from Ohio is scheduled to attend.

A Wando High School senior’s innovative business idea won him $3,000 and a chance to compete on a national level in the fall.

Connor Simonson, a lacrosse player who moved from Seattle to Mount Pleasant a year ago, took the top prize at the 4th annual YEScarolina State Business Plan Competition last week at the College of Charleston. He picked up a check for seed money for his Deep Fried Dyes idea, which provides lacrosse players with professional string and dye jobs.

He will travel to New York City in October in an all-expense-paid trip to compete against about 40 others in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s National Challenge for a chance to win $25,000.

Simonson was one of 18 high schoolers from across South Carolina in the Charleston-based group’s competition.

Caleb Milligan, a rising jun- ior at West Ashley High, picked up second place and $2,000 for his business idea, called New Generation of Magic. Milligan’s interest in magic started when he was 3. His magic kits and wands will be sold in Wonder Works toy stores in the Charleston area. He also was invited to the national contest.

Third place and $1,000 went to sophomore Nick Green of Fort Mill High near Rock Hill. He won for World Famous Golf, a customized golf cart business.

“I promise to continue to lift up our youth, teach them the necessary skills to succeed, and help them grow into respected professionals in our community,” said Jimmy Bailey, YEScarolina founder and president.

Setting the world’s record for the largest iced tea took a little help from a lot of people and businesses, including Kion North America Corp. of Summerville.

The forklift maker, a sponsor of the event on National Tea Day earlier this month, provided one of its trademark vehicles to help move ingredients around for the 1,425-gallon concoction. That’s enough to fill more than 23,000 cups. Summerville bested the record held by Chick-fil-A since 2010 by 513 gallons.

Other businesses also got in the act. The tea was brewed in a 10-foot container provided by Scout Boats of Summerville using natural gas provided by South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., 120 pounds of local tea leaves from Charleston Tea Plantation, 1,600 pounds of Dixie Crystals sugar and 3,000 pounds of ice.

Alex Angert, an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records, was on site to oversee, verify and present the record.

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Raymond Craig, a board member and principal of Charleston-based Critical Solutions International, can offer a good deal on a boat — for anyone who happens to have a spare $16.9 million laying around.

Craig is trying to sell the Amarula Sun, a 2011 Westport 130-foot, tri-deck yacht that’s owned by a revocable trust that’s in his name, according to a Coast Guard database. Galati Yacht Sales has the boat listed on its website, where it also offers charters aboard the vessel for a weekly rate of $220,000.

With a top speed of 24 knots — or about 28 mph — the yacht has plenty of room for 12 guests in five cabins and accommodations for up to 12 crew members.

“Arranged for privacy and convenience, her luxurious interior is welcoming and inviting,” Galati says of the Amarula Sun on its website.

The creature comforts include: a surround-sound theater with 50-inch high-definition satellite television; a large dining area with ocean views and mahogany accents; a lounge with wet bar and fireplace; a sundeck with hot tub; marble flooring; king-size beds; and an electric barbecue grill.

The only thing that doesn’t stay with the boat — other than personal items — is the grand piano in the main salon.

The yacht has been docked at Marina Jack in Sarasota, Fla. It has drawn so much attention that a brochure listing the sale price is posted on the dock so the three crewmembers working on the boat don’t have to keep answering questions, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The listing, photos and a video are online at tinyurl.com/nwwsd9l.

Craig is the former chief operating officer for Force Protection Inc., which employed as many as 1,000 people in North Charleston to make armored military vehicles.

General Dynamics Corp. bought that business in 2011 and later shut down production.

Critical Solutions International provides blast-protected vehicles that can detect mines and other explosives to the U.S. and other militaries.