Feds meet with harbor pilots on Charleston harbor project

Charleston, SC (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers is meeting with harbor pilots this week to try to save money and time in a study of deepening the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.

The pilots and corps officials have been conducting tabletop and computer exercises to narrow the alternatives that may need to be studied. The results of the discussions will be incorporated into a computer simulation of the harbor used for the main study.

Project manager Brian Williams with the corps says the work allows the corps to gain the expertise of the pilots on how ships perform before conducting a full study.

The $20 million study is needed before for a $300 million deepening of the channel to handle larger container ships.

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