Savannah River could apparently handle new port

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - It appears the Savannah River could handle a second major container port.

The joint board from South Carolina and Georgia working to develop a $3 billion container ship terminal was told Thursday that a study of the capacity of the river indicates it can handle ships from both the existing Georgia ports and the planned Jasper Ocean Terminal.

The capacity study is still underway and should be finished this summer. But consultant Michael Rieger told the board meeting in Charleston that there seem to be no red flags to prevent a second terminal from being built on the South Carolina side of the river.

The board hopes to apply for a federal permit to build the terminal in September of next year. The port could be operating by 2030.

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