Port of Charleson “will lose out” if dredging doesn’t happen

Port of Charleson “will lose out” if dredging doesn’t happen

Wednesday, October 20 2010 @ 06:24 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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WCSC reports that the State Ports Authority officials say Port of Charleston “could end up losing out on a lot of business” if the harbour is not deepened. The officials recently visited the Panama Canal and say an expansion project there will have an impact on Charleston. Ports authority officials, state lawmakers, and Charleston business leaders saw the expansion site, which is set to be complete by 2014. It means bigger container ships will be able to pass through and change cargo shipping globally. “Ships today with a maximum size of 5,000 TEUs can go through the canal. In the future that will be 13,000,” TEUs. It’s probably the biggest game changer in the history of containerization,” said SCSPA President Jim Newsome. Newsome says if South Carolina wants business from companies with the larger container ships, then the Army Corps of Engineers needs to start a Charleston Harbour deepening project soon. Before the harbour is dredged the state must secure money from the federal government to do an impact study. Port officials say to handle the bigger ships the channel needs to be at least 5ft deeper. (www.sandandgravel.com)

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