6th District Congressman James Clyburn says he has been lobbying the White House in an attempt to secure the funds to finance the Army Corps of Engineers’ study of the deepening the Charleston port from 47 feet to 50 feet, but adds he’s worried about a second South Carolina port that is barely operational.
Clyburn says he understands that a number of his congressional colleagues are also talking to Vice President Biden about the Charleston Port , but says he needs help in touting the importance of refurbishing the Georgetown Port– which is important for industry and agriculture in the Pee Dee area.
The Georgetown port is not deep enough to handle most cargo ships, as it has begun silting in. The port handled 1.8 million tons of cargo a decade ago, but faces an uncertain future after Army Corps of Engineers dredging requirements changed.
Clyburn says he understands that the economic future of South Carolina is tied in large measure to the Charleston Port; however he says the Georgetown Port must also be prepared to play a greater role in developing business and creating jobs in the state.