Port Merger Agreement moves Closer

| November 19, 2015

Savannah Ports

SAVANNAH — Savannah’s place as a major container port was solidified as merger talks with South Carolina continue to make progress.

A proposed $4.5 billion port terminal to be shared by Georgia and South Carolina came closer to reality Monday as the states’ port officials signed a new deal for managing the project and voted to ask a federal agency for the permits required to start construction.

Governors of the neighboring states decided eight years ago to work together on developing the Jasper Ocean Terminal on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River. The plan calls for the states to jointly run a shipping terminal with space for up to 7 million cargo containers before growing business causes the ports of Savannah and Charleston to run out of room.

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