By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - It's going to be a busy five years for the South Carolina Ports Authority. By 2020, the agency hopes to have the Charleston Harbor shipping channel deepened and the first phase of its new container terminal in North Charleston open - and perhaps expand its inland port in Greer, which opened two years ago.
Authority president and chief executive officer Jim Newsome outlined the agenda this month during his annual State of the Ports message. He says about $1 billion will need to be invested in infrastructure projects during the period to keep the ports competitive.
Other work on the agenda includes strengthening the wharves at the agency's terminals in Mount Pleasant and buying bigger cranes so the ports can serve a new generation of larger container ships.