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US ports to dredge deeper to match Panama Canal

Friday, November 28, 2014


Through an expanded Panama Canal will come larger, heavier cargo ships, leaving the southern US port cities of Charleston, Savannah and Jacksonville to either dredge deeper or be left behind, the radio station NPR reports.

It's a classic competition for jobs and economic development, but one that could have clear winners and losers. Jacksonville is already hesitating at the estimated $700 million price tag attached to plans to expand its harbor, according to the report.

But without that dredging, Asian cargo ships are surely bound for ports farther up the East Coast.

Source: NOLA