“We are encouraged by the significant progress being made by the Federal government and its efforts to fund and complete the economic and environmental studies required for final approval of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP),” said Doug J. Marchand, executive director, Georgia Ports Authority.
Marchand detailed a total of $21.712 million included in the joint US Senate and House conference report, which was recently approved by the House to fund the deepening and maintenance of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors. The funding included:
Savannah Harbor Expansion (Construction): $1.429 million
Savannah Harbor Maintenance Dredging: $13.482 million
Brunswick Harbor Maintenance Dredging: $6.8 million
“The approval of $1.49 million in construction funds is another solid vote of confidence by the Congress in support of Georgia’s effort to prepare the Savannah Harbor channel for the new generation of larger ships that represent the future of ocean commerce,” said Steve Green, GPA Chairman of the Board. “We are very grateful for the support of the House Appropriations Committee, and particularly the work of Mr. Kingston and Mr. Barrow with our entire House delegation, and the great support of our Senators.