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Charleston Harbor Deepening Gets Key Approval

FEDERAL PANEL ADVANCES PLAN … || By FITSNEWS || A plan to deepen Charleston harbor to accommodate the largest modern shipping vessels received a key vote of approval in Washington, D.C. this week. Specifically, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) unanimously approved a final feasibility…

FEDERAL PANEL ADVANCES PLAN …

|| By FITSNEWS || A plan to deepen Charleston harbor to accommodate the largest modern shipping vessels received a key vote of approval in Washington, D.C. this week.

Specifically, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) unanimously approved a final feasibility study and environmental impact report on the Palmetto State’s deepening project – meaning the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA) has cleared a major hurdle.

“Today’s approval by the Civil Works Review Board allows our harbor deepening project to progress without delay,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “Once deepening to 52 feet is realized, Charleston will offer the deepest harbor on the East Coast with the capability to serve fully-loaded post-Panamax vessels 24 hours a day.”

Ports officials are counting on the deepening project to boost business – even though several other regional dredging projects are underway contemporaneously.  In fact one of those out-of-state projects, benefiting the Port of Savannah, was controversially spearheaded by South Carolina’s own governor, Nikki Haley.

Funny, huh?  Not really …

Anyway, state lawmakers have already appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars to the project – which will deepen the harbor from 45 to 52 feet.

This website supports the deepening project – although we would continue to encourage Haley, state lawmakers and ports authority officials to more aggressively push for private investment in our port infrastructure.

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13 comments

Centrist View June 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

For the importation of vastly more, and even cheaper foreign goods.

This perfectly complements the Trans Pacific Partnership, especially when the Panama Canal gets widened and deepened.

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CNSYD June 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm

That old bothersome free market again. Folks is horrified.

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Deepwaterwillie June 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Yeah, there is absolutely nothing exported thru the Port of Charleston.

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CNSYD June 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm

They use all those BMWs to build a fishing reef.

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FastEddy23 June 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Well, it is both the import business and the export business that creates wealth.

Besides, SC could turn the operations over to the Saudi’s so the sex slave trade and the hot luxury car trade could continue. Sending all of those empty containers home is a shame when it costs an extra ten grand or so each to fly the girls and boys over to Dubai … And They can’t even get one hot Lincoln Towncar into private jet.

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Bible Thumper June 25, 2015 at 9:02 pm

No! Let’s pay more for expensive domestic goods and take employees off jobs making BMW’s so they can stitch elastic on to underwear or glue heels on shoes.

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Jackie Chiles June 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm

“This website supports the deepening project – although we would continue to encourage Haley, state lawmakers and ports authority officials to more aggressively push for private investment in our port infrastructure.”

It’s interesting because would we need the deeper port if we didn’t have government money convincing manufacturers to come here in the first place?

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CNSYD June 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Please don’t connect the dots. Sic Willie doesn’t want his agenda squashed.

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euwe max June 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Do we really need the government to tell us how deep water should be?

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Rakkasan June 25, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Tyranny!!! Wait. Free markets!!! Wait. Not a core government function!!! Wait. Too much regulation!!! Wait. Why should the hard-working taxpayers of this poor state fund the needs of private industry? Wait. This is a job killer. Wait. This is a budget buster!!!! Wait. Wait. Wait.

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When Did This Happen? June 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm

“This website supports the deepening project”

What happened to supporting the Jasper County port over spending taxpayer money on a state-run port?

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stumpknocker June 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

The next generation of freighters is using a technology called forced air lubrication making them much more fuel efficient, the larger the ship the better it works, deepen the port or all we are going to see in the harbor is the red neck yacht club.

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