The US wants to expand ports for mega-ships

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at expanding infrastructure on and at sea for a total of USD 12.3 billion. One of the objectives is to make room for the next generation of large container ships.

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Going forward the US ports should be able to accommodate the biggest vessels in the shipping industry, which several of the major container carriers have ordered in recent years. This is one of the ambitions presented in a new USD 12.3 billion water-projects bill passed by the US House of Representatives.

And the bill includes dredging ports, expanding them to accommodate the larger ships built to transit the new water locks of the Panama Canal, expected ready in early 2016.

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