SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday requested $93.6 million in federal funding during the next fiscal year to keep the expansion of Savannah's busy shipping channel on track.

The figure was included in the release of Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2021, which begins Oct. 1. Congress will have the final say on how much money the project receives.

Trump's request would fund another full year of the dredging project, Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler said in a statement issued jointly with GOP Rep. Buddy Carter.

The Army Corps of Engineers in overseeing a $973 million deepening of the stretch of the Savannah River that connects the Port of Savannah to the Atlantic Ocean. Completion is scheduled for the end of the 2021 calendar year. Like other East Coast seaports, Savannah is deepening its channel to make room for larger cargo ships now arriving through the expanded Panama Canal.

Savannah has the nation's fourth-busiest port for containerized cargo — goods from consumer electronics to frozen chickens shipped in large metal boxes. Savannah's port handled 4.6 million container units, it's largest total ever, in calendar 2019.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.