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On September 24 the US Senate approved a House-Senate conference report for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007, by a vote of 81–12. The Act, adopted by the House of Representatives in August, authorises a seven-year backlog of US Army Corps of Engineers programmes, including the Miami Harbour Phase III Dredging Project, which will deepen the Port’s South Channel from its current 42 ft to 50 ft.

Go-ahead for Miami dredging project

The Miami Harbour Phase III dredging project is a national-level project, say its backers. With a 50 ft channel depth, the Port of Miami can maintain its role as a strategic hub for international commerce and as the primary maritime gateway to and from Latin America and the Caribbean. As well as being a project of national significance, it will promote trade and commerce in the South Florida region.

“The Miami Harbour Phase III dredging project is critical to the long-term economic viability of the Port of Miami, as it will enable the Port to berth the largest containerised cargo vessels in the world, as well those presently on order,” said Bill Johnson, Port of Miami director. “It is expected to have a significant impact on cargo volumes and new business investments.”