Dec 10 2016

Charleston Takes Monumental Step Toward Becoming 'Premier Port On The East Coast'

Contact: Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417 or Taylor Reidy (202) 224-5972

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) 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).

“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.”

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.