Maritime official in SC cites congestion at ports

Maritime official in SC cites congestion at ports

Charleston, SC (AP) - A top federal maritime official says that congestion in moving goods in and out of terminals is one of the biggest problems facing America's ports today.

U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen made the comments while visiting the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston on Friday.

He says there is congestion while getting trucks in and out of ports where communities have grown around the docks over the years.

The Federal Maritime Commission plans a series of meetings to discuss port congestion with the first of four regional sessions to be held in Los Angeles next week.

Jaenichen was in South Carolina to formally announce an $11 million federal grant to the ports authority for upgrades at a container terminal in Mount Pleasant.

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