- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - More than a dozen dredging companies are considering competing for the job of deepening the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.

The Post and Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1QrTVrg ) that representatives of 13 companies met with Corps of Engineers officials on Tuesday in a closed-door meeting to discuss aspects of the $510 million project.

Corps spokeswoman Glenn Jeffries says it was the first time the federal agency met with companies interested in the work. She expects companies to follow up in the coming weeks.

Jefferies says the session was a first step in potential contractors learning about the project. The work consists of deepening the existing 45-foot channel to a 52 foot-deep channel so the Port of Charleston can accommodate a new generation of larger container ships.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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