Tag: Savannah River

Savannah River dredging approved for 47′, not 48′: will one foot matter?

The AJC and Charleston Post & Courier headlines about today’s approval of Savannah River dredging focus on the one foot difference, which could reduce cargo by 800 containers per ship.

Savannah River dredging: final report released by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Here’s the entire press release this morning from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (with a couple of key issues in bold). I’ll have much more later. There’s sure to be much discussion about…

Charleston Post & Courier on “Savannah’s dredging gamble”

If you scroll through my recent posts, you can see links to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 3-part series about the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP), a $650 million dredging that would make the Savannah River deeper to accommodate larger ships after the Panama Canal widening is complete.

Despite myriad doubts raised in that 3-part series about the economic benefits, the Savannah River’s depth after dredging, and the environmental impacts […]

AJC’s “Port Wars”: final installment considers battle for dredging dollars among East Coast ports

The final installment of Dan Chapman’s 3-part, over 6,000-word look at the proposed dredging of the Savannah River channel begins like this: “Critics say a national strategy should govern the deepening of ports.” For all the study of the proposed…

AJC’s “Port Wars”: part two looks at dredging depth, navigation, cost, and environmental impacts

The first subhead says a lot: “Deepened Georgia port will still be shallower than many of its rivals.”

AJC’s “Port Wars”: part one looks at uncertainties of global trade

Click here for part one, which talks about uncertainties regarding global shipping generally and Savannah specifically.

Regular readers of this blog and my columns already know the basic terrain of the issues laid out clearly in Corps of Engineers’ analyses:

AJC investigative series to look at Savannah Harbor dredging claims

The AJC announced today that the paper will publish a three-part series next week looking at claims regarding the long-proposed, much-studied, and much-debated Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. I have written a lot on the subject, and was one of the…

A few thoughts and links regarding today’s column about dredging and jobs

Click here to read my City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News> about Savannah River dredging, jobs, and the environment. Two weeks ago, AJC PolitiFact examined Governor Deal’s claims that dredging would create jobs in the state: We found…

New lawsuit just another complication for Savannah River dredging

My City Talk column on Sunday is about the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project — the controversial plan to deepen about 30 miles of the Savannah River channel to accommodate larger cargo vessels expected to come to the East Coast after…

South Carolina House unanimously approves resolution challenging key permit for Savannah River dredging project

And so the inter- and intra-state fighting continues. Now, according to The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.: House lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle Wednesday decried a controversial decision that, they say, is disastrous for the Charleston port…

More predictions for 2012 for local and state economy, including housing

I’ve already posted excerpts from and links to a number of credible predictions for the 2012 economy of the Savannah metro area on up to the national economy Today, two more. From Mary Carr Mayle’s Savannah’s outlook for 2012: More…

S.C. Coastal Conservation League director vows “long and expensive battle” against Savannah River dredging

Steve Eames, director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League’s Beaufort Office, has a provocative editorial up today at FITSNews. I appreciate Eames’ piece because he actually knows the facts involving the Corps of Engineers’ predicted environmental impacts, especially regarding…

A number of errors in NPR’s “The Race To Dig Deeper Ports For Bigger Cargo Ships”

I think there are a number of objections that one could raise to NPR’s The Race To Dig Deeper Ports For Bigger Cargo Ships, which ran this afternoon on All Things Considered. But it’s still worth a listen, I think.…

A curious editorial about Savannah, Jasper, and Charleston by the chair of the S.C. State Ports Authority

I wonder if newcomers to the ongoing battle over the proposed Savannah Harbor Expansion Project — the dredging of the Savannah River to 48 feet to accommodate larger ships that will be coming through the Panama Canal after its expansion…