Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz traveled across the Savannah River with a suggestion that South Carolina and Georgia work together on maritime issues.
"In the business we're in, it's a river that needs to bring us together," Foltz told the Propeller Club of Charleston on Thursday. The club is made up of the city's maritime interests.
The Post and Courier reported Foltz acknowledged the river divides the states physically and politically but stressed the need for federal dollars to deepen the shipping channels in both Savannah and Charleston.
He also said that work needs to proceed on a joint container terminal being planned for the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.
"If both states get on board, that facility's not built for 15, 20 years," he said. "In 20 years, everything in Charleston is going to be full and everything in Savannah is going to be full."