Senate approves bill that includes deepening Charleston Harbor


This depth advantage will add significant capability in the fastest-growing port region in the U.S. -- the Southeast.   Contributed image

The U.S. Senate recently passed the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), which includes Congressional authorization for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project.

WIIN approves a report detailing the construction phase of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. A 52-foot-deep harbor will accommodate new container ships without issues. The WIIN Act, formerly called the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), passed the Senate and House and awaits the president's signature.

“The passage of WIIN marks one of the most significant milestones in the history of the Port of Charleston,” South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said. "With this important step by Congress, we now turn our attention to inclusion in the president’s fiscal year 2018 budget, relative to the construction phase of the harbor deepening project. By the end of the decade, we will achieve 52 feet of depth and Charleston will be the deepest harbor on the East Coast."

This depth advantage will add significant capability in the fastest-growing port region in the U.S. -- the Southeast. This is vitally important for significant long-term volume growth and the deployment of large container ships.

“South Carolina, the Southeastern region and our nation will enjoy the positive impacts of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project for years to come,” SCPA Board Chairman Pat McKinney said. “Today’s Congressional authorization is the result of years of hard work and dedication by the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, Gov. [Nikki] Haley, our state, local and federal partners, and SCPA leadership. This world-class deepening project ensures SCPA will remain a competitive, growing port well into the future.”

The harbor has moved quickly through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers SMART Planning process. In 2012 the state's General Assembly set aside $300 million towards the project. 

For more information about the project or the SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.

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