Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Deepening harbor seen as key to S.C. economic growth.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
By John Celock, State Politics Reporter, Patch/Huffington Post WASHINGTON — Gov. Nikki Haley kept the focus on ports during a meeting with President Obama and fellow governors at the White House on Monday morning. Haley, in town for the annual National Governors Association conference, said at a press conference Monday afternoon that she used the White House meeting to urge the president to speed up the process for deepening the nation’s ports. Haley’s call comes as ports around the East Coast try to deepen following the upcoming widening of the Panama Canal. "If we don’t get our ports deep enough, we will waste that opportunity," she said. Haley indicated she would like to see the federal government allocate more funding for port …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Governor says DHEC decision was about merit, not politics.
Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Georgia earned a recent S.C. permit that will help grow business at the Port of Savannah. The governor came under fire after the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control approved the permit allowing the Georgia Ports Authority to deepen the Savannah River. Tasked with overseeing issues related to commerce on the river, the S.C. Savannah River Maritime Commission voted Monday to take legal action against DHEC, claiming the commission should be the permitting agency. The commission members are concerned a deeper Port of Savannah will hurt business in Charleston and ruin chances for a Jasper port. Haley was given a few minutes to speak Tuesday night at the Propeller Club of Charleston's State of …
SPA head gets 7-year extension and $50,000 a year raise
State Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome got a contract extension with a $50,000 a year raise late Tuesday from the SPA board, according to reporting in the Post and Courier. His new contract will extend seven years beginning in January with a new salary of $350,000. Newsome was scheduled to be in Charleston tonight to deliver the Annual State of the Ports Report at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Boulevard downtown. Though he had not heard about the extension, International Longshoremen Association #1422 President Kenny Riley welcomed the news when he spoke to Patch on Tuesday evening. "We feel pretty good about Jim being around leading the port for another seven years," Riley said. "We feel we are moving in the right direction as far as…
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Programs encourage truckers and companies to go green.
The Environmental Protection Agency wants truckers to ditch their old, exhaust-belching semis to improve air quality at the nation’s ports. The EPA is targeting dray trucks, the diesel semis that haul multiple loads daily from boats to storage yards. For example, port officials believe at least 250 dray trucks that service the S.C. State Ports Authority's Wando Welch Terminal are at least 17 years old, and are likely contributing to poor air quality. “By helping the trucks that service our ports become cleaner, we can make the air in and around our nation’s ports – and that the truckers themselves breathe – healthier for everyone,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator, during an announcement Tuesday in Mount Pleasant. The EPA's …