The Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT) Board of Directors convened last week to review projects completed during fiscal year 2015 and to approve a budget and work plan for FY 2016.
The 2016 budget includes items such as conducting studies of the site design, sediment, access corridor and channel improvements that the largest container ships must have and the recruitment of a third party that is required to finish an environmental-impact study.
The FY 2016 budget will be partially funded by co-sponsors Georgia Ports Authority and SC Ports Authority, which will each contribute $1.25 million.
“This was a watershed meeting for our board,” Board Chairman David Posek said. “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.”
Included in the 2016 work plan are geological studies, as well as conceptual work on terminal design, which will be done by Moffat & Nichol.
By the end of the year, it is expected that a permit application will be submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will allow for the new Jasper Ocean Terminal, as well as channel deepening and widening.