Albany Herald | Isakson: Port in Savannah No. 1


Albany Herald | Isakson: Port in Savannah No. 1

Albany Herald | Isakson: Port in Savannah No. 1.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, (R-Ga.), says the most important issue facing Georgia today is the deepening of the port of Savannah.

Isakson made that comment during a meeting Thursday morning with the editorial board of The Albany Herald.

“There is nothing bigger right now for the entire state,” Isakson said referring to the project. “The port provides more than 297,000 jobs directly to the state of Georgia. There is no bigger contributor, other than agriculture, to our economy.”

“Savannah is the second largest export port in the country at more than 53 percent exports with 47 percent imports.”

Much of those Savannah exports are agricultural in nature, Isakson said.

Last week the state legislature approved $50 million in additional funding for the project, pushing its total allocation to more than $230 million.

Deepening the harbor from 42 to 47 feet will allow the port to handle an expected increase in the number of super-sized container vessels that will use the Panama Canal after its own expansion project is finished in 2015.

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