Top port officials meet in Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Gov. Nathan Deal and top port officials from all over are in Savannah on Wednesday for the U.S. Southeast Freight Mobility Forum.

The panel discussion began at 8:45 a.m. at the Savannah Hyatt Riverfront.

At the annual State of the Ports luncheon on Tuesday in Atlanta, Deal said that Atlanta-area businesses shipped more than $9 billion through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick and that's just further proof the harbor deepening project must move forward.

The project would deepen the Savannah River by 6 feet to allow larger container ships into Port of Savannah.

Deal and Atlanta's mayor said they've met with President Obama's administration to clear more federal funding for the $600 million project.

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