05.17.19

Senator David Perdue Tours Savannah Port To See Progress On Harbor Deepening

“SHEP will give our country a competitive edge across the world.”

SAVANNAH, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) toured the Port of Savannah and received a briefing from Georgia Ports Authority leadership on the progress of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

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“There’s no doubt the Port of Savannah is an economic engine for Georgia,” said Senator Perdue. “It’s the third largest and fastest growing port in the entire country, and it consistently shatters records for container cargo moved. Finally, after 20 years of attempts to deepen the port five feet to accommodate the larger Post Panamax ships, President Trump has fully funded the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project for three straight years and it is now on track for completion by 2022. This is huge news for Georgia and will give our country a competitive edge across the world. Georgia Ports Authority has been a strong partner in this project, and thanks to their leadership, we will continue to meet Georgia’s infrastructure needs.”

“Senator Perdue has been an unwavering advocate in Washington for our ports and the Savannah Harbor expansion,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “His deep understanding and experience in international trade and business has served the port and the state of Georgia well during his tenure.”

Background:

  • In December 2017, the entire Georgia Congressional delegation called on the administration to include critical funding for SHEP in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget request.
  • In June 2018, Perdue and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), along with Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA-01), secured full federal funding for SHEP for the first time at the federal level.
  • Last year, the Savannah Morning News editorial board praised Isakson, Perdue and Carter for their roles in achieving full federal funding for the first time.
  • In November 2018, Isakson, Perdue, and Carter secured additional federal funding to keep SHEP on track in 2019.
  • In March 2019, Isakson, Perdue, and Carter again secured full capability funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed budget for fiscal year 2020.
  • On March 26, 2019, Senator Perdue wrote an op-ed in the Savannah Morning News to highlight the third year of full capability funding for SHEP.

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