Dredging Begins on Savannah Channel to Fit Post-Panamax Ships

September 16, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of deepening two major U.S. ports to accommodate post-Panamax container ships, which will becoming to the south-east more frequently. 

Dredging on the Savannah River’s outer channel began, after more than 15 years of planning, reports Business in Savannah.

“It’s a lot like a highway construction job,” Riehl told Business in Savannah.  “It’s just happening underwater.”

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., the project manager, will deepen the shipping lane from 42 feet to 47 feet to allow larger container ships better access to the country’s fourth largest container port.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also will begin work on deepening South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor to 52 feet and the entrance channel to 54 feet, which will make the harbor the deepest on the east coast, reports The Maritime Executive.