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US ports scramble to meet Panama Canal deadline

Monday, December 13, 2010


Port officials in Savannah, Georgia, are racing to dig six feet of mud from the bottom of the Savannah River by 2014 when the widening of the Panama Canal is complete.
 
Without the $625 million deepening project, a breed of huge ships loaded with foreign-made iPods, furniture and other goods will head elsewhere for potentially billions of dollars in business.
 
Like Savannah, other US East Coast ports from New York to Miami are scrambling like shoppers at a post-Thanksgiving door-buster sale, trying to become the go-to port once the canal is widened.
 
Original source: New York Times