The deepening of Charleston harbor was among the list of new projects included on the Army Corps of Engineers work plan for next budget year, according to a release Wednesday from the South Carolina State Ports Authority.
Ports officials say deepening the channel from 45 feet to 52 is needed for new, larger container vessels which have already begun calling along the East Coast. The Corps of Engineers has already deemed the project feasible and among its priorities, but has yet to set aside funds for the dredging.
“The significance of this funding for the timeline of our deepening project cannot be overstated – it is tremendous news for Charleston,” Ports Authority President Jim Newsome said in a statement. “By the end of the decade, we will achieve 52 feet of depth and be the deepest harbor on the East Coast, a depth advantage that will add significant capability in the Southeast, the fastest growing port region in the country.” [Read more…]