CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The United States Senate passed the water infrastructure improvement for the nation act. This will mean easier access for the deployment of large container ships.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project has taken a monumental step toward becoming the 'Premier Port on the East Coast' with Senate passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN).
The WIIN Act, formerly known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), passed the Senate by a vote of 78-21 and the House by a vote of 360-61. It now moves to the President's desk for signature.
"This is a big day for the Port of Charleston," said Graham. "No longer will we be studying how deep the Port should be. No longer will we be designing what to do. We are going to start constructing the Port of Charleston to get it to fifty-four feet in depth."
Graham said the legislation will save the Harbor Deepening project, "time, money, and allow us to become the premier port on the East Coast. It's the best news I've heard about the Port of Charleston in the last decade."
This project is significant in the history of the Charleston ports.
Construction will begin for the project soon. The South Carolina ports authority hopes to achieve 52 feet of depth, making Charleston the deepest harbor on the East Coast.
The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project will also make Charleston the fastest growing port region in the United States.