At first the proposed development of a port in Jasper County caught the attention of both Georgia port officials as well as port officials in Charleston. Add to that tension the loss of much of the Charleston port’s business from the Maersk shipping line. Now, even the Peach State’s Chief Executive has developed a new outlook on the situation, thanks to an agreement between the two states called the Jasper Joint Partnership.
Georgia’s Governor says the development of the Jasper Port will make all of our regional ports stronger. At the Georgia Ports Authority’s Annual State of the Port Luncheon, Governor Sonny Perdue said that although it seems like a win for Savannah alone that Maersk chose to move much of their container business out of Charleston, and that it remains a priority to deepen the Savannah Harbor, when one port gets stronger, they all get stronger.
“There’s enough room for all of us in this market,” said Perdue. And our goal through the Jasper Joint Partnership with South Carolina is to have three successful ports in this region. Because geographically, geo-politically, globally, commercially, they’re going to be needed, and I’m looking foward to the success of Charleston, Jasper and Savannah.”
Perdue will have a new Georgia Ports Authority leader with which to oversee the development of the Jasper Ocean Terminal. Executive Director Doug Marchand announced Thursday that he is stepping down after 15 years at the helm. Current Chief Operating Officer Curtis Foltz will become Georgia Ports Authority’s new Executive Director in January.
(thanks to Claire Beverly, Adventure Radio Group, Hilton Head, Savannah)