SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is making moves in the Coastal Empire. on Monday, he met with leaders of the Georgia Ports Authority to work on deepening Savannah's port. He said he's confident they'll get the necessary permits to deepen the river from 42 to 48 feet within four years.
"There is no question that the port here in Savannah is a huge economic engine for our state and for the entire southeast. And what we now know is that beginning in 2014, we're going to have larger ships that are going to be coming through the Panama Canal, and we're either going to be equipped to handle them here at Savannah, or we're not," said Chambliss.
Port officials are still waiting on the Army Corps of Engineers' environmental impact study, which is expected this fall.