Charleston, SC (AP) - A top South Carolina Ports Authority official says the agency hopes to have the shipping channel leading to Charleston deepened by the end of the decade.
Barbara Melvin, an authority senior vice president, told dozens of people attending a public meeting on the half-billion dollar project Tuesday that deepening the channel to 52 feet will allow the port to handle the new workhorse ship in the maritime industry at all levels of the tide.
Melvin said that new ship is capable of the carrying the equivalent of 8,000 20-foot shipping containers.
The meeting was held by the Army Corps of Engineers to take comment on a draft environmental impact statement released earlier this month on the harbor deepening.
The agency is taking comment through Nov. 24.