With a state senator questioning their commitment to the project, the State Ports Authority’s board of directors last week reaffirmed their support for the Jasper Ocean Terminal, scheduled for completion sometime around 2035.
“For the first time in a long time, I’m more optimistic that I think this will become a reality some day,” SPA chairman Bill Stern said of the seaport planned along South Carolina’s side of the Savannah River in rural Jasper County. Port authorities in South Carolina and Georgia have formed a joint venture to build the terminal.
Once built, the Jasper port would be capable of handling 7 million cargo containers a year. It would be the largest terminal ever built in the U.S., at a cost of at least $5 billion. To date, only a few million dollars have been set aside for permits and engineering studies.
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