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US$138 million in Charleston dredging wins federal approval

US President Donald Trump has paved the way for the completion of the US$138 million project to deepen Charleston's harbour to 52 feet in 2021, after signing the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill into law

28 December 2019 - 05:48

US President Donald Trump has paved the way for the completion of the US$138 million project to deepen Charleston's harbour to 52 feet in 2021, after signing the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill into law.

South Carolina Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome said that a 52-feet-deep harbour will accommodate 19,000 TEU vessels without navigation or tidal restrictions, reported London's Container Management.



'A 52-foot deep harbour will ensure we remain competitive for decades to come as bigger ships bring more cargo to South Carolina ports,' said Mr Newsome.



Dredging continues on entrance channel to 54 feet, deepen a stretch from the lower harbour up to Wando Welch Terminal to 52 feet; and widen the turning basin of the Wando River from 1,400 feet to 1,650 feet.



The next contract will achieve a 52-foot depth from Charleston harbour up the Cooper River to the future Hugh K Leatherman Sr Terminal in north Charleston, due to also open in 2021. The new Leatherman terminal will double port capacity at full build-out.


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