CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Wilmington, Savannah, Jacksonville and Charleston all want the same thing. They all want to be the Southeast's main shipping port. On Tuesday, South Carolina State Ports Authority President Jim Newsome said he knows there's a lot of competition but the Port of Charleston is going to rise to the top.
"We need to build on work that has already occurred and move forward," said Grooms. "The Army Corps of Engineers needs to move as quickly as possible for the security in the economy of South Carolina and our neighboring states."
Newsome and SC State Senator Larry Grooms also brought up the port's deepening study that was completed in for Charleston's harbor in 2004 when the port was dredged to 45 feet.
With the report outlining the basic foundation for the deepening study that took place seven years ago, Port officials are suggesting the Army Corps of Engineers use the report to speed up the study this time around.
"We're trying to get to a next generation harbor not a last generation harbor," said Newsome.
The Ports Authority president says the keys to Charleston's success are getting into the Army Corps of Engineers work plan for 2012 and also into the President of the United States of America's budget in 2013.