Will billions in East Coast port spending bring more trade through the Panama Canal?

I’ve read a lot and written some over the last couple of years about the likely impacts on commerce of the Panama Canal expansion and the vast infrastructure spending in the U.S. to expand ports. And I’m pretty cynical about…

Analyst suggests little immediate impact of Panama Canal expansion on East Coast ports

From the Jacksonville Business Insider’s Panama Canal expansion might not impact East Coast immediately: Mark Szakonyi, an associate editor with the Journal of Commerce and former Business Journal logistics reporter, […] spoke Monday to Jacksonville’s Council of Supply Chain Management…

Just $1.28 million in Obama budget for Savannah port dredging

I haven’t been posting much to the statewide political blog Peach Pundit over the last few weeks. But I have a new post up right now: Despite significant infrastructure spending in Obama’s proposed budget, only a pittance for Savannah port…

Four takeaways from Washington Post’s fresh coverage of the Panama Canal expansion

Key takeaways:

1. Despite various economic projections, no one can be certain what the trade impacts of the Panama Canal expansion will be.

2. The massive expenditures of tax dollars in the U.S. are happening without any clear national plan to maximize spending. States with major ports see themselves in competition with other states, not as working cooperatively for the betterment of the country.

Latest on Savannah River dredging: Corps of Engineers sent letters to Biden, Boehner, others in attempt to bypass S.C. objections

By going directly to key members of Congress, the Corps has potentially opened a can of worms. Not only will groups like the Southern Environmental Law Center know whom to lobby, but members of Congress would seem likely to engage directly — and behind the scenes — with the South Carolina delegation before pushing for strong action.

S.C. Supreme Court revokes key environmental permit for Savannah River dredging

OK, folks, this is yet another small drama interrupting the timeline that’s likely to end with eventual completion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, a $652 million plan to dredge the Savannah River from 42 to 47 feet to accommodate…

Savannah Harbor Expansion Project gets official nod

An Assistant Secretary of the Army signed the Record of Decision on October 26th authorizing the massive, $650+ million dredging project for the Savannah River.

Bloomberg: Container lines losing price battle

With so many East Coast ports rushing headlong to expand capacity and with such uncertainties in global trade, I’m left wondering if the complex economic analysis of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project by the Corps of Engineers adequately took into account various scenarios that might have seemed unlikely a few years ago.

NYT notes experts’ skepticism about port expansions and costs

Christopher Lytle, executive director of the Port of Long Beach: “There’s just not going to be a huge movement of cargo from the West Coast to the East Coast.”

Obama executive order should expedite Savannah harbor deepening

“The first 7 of the initial 43 projects that will be expedited by the Executive Order are located at five ports – the Port of Jacksonville, the Port of Miami, the Port of Savannah, the Port of New York and New Jersey, and the Port of Charleston.”

New study skirts primary issues regarding East Coast port dredging

Which ports on the East Coast or in the Gulf would it be most cost-effective to deepen in anticipation of larger ships coming through the Panama Canal in 2014? What’s the best way to fund those dredging projects?

East Coast port expansions: more skepticism about costs and about job creation

Transshipment — moving goods from bigger vessels to smaller ones on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal — might mean that much of the planned East Coast harbor dredging is unnecessary.

I am now a contributor to Peach Pundit

I will be posting about twice a week on one of Georgia’s most influential political blogs, but will obviously continuing doing what I’m doing here.

Whose is bigger? McClatchy takes a long look at U.S. port depths and locations

If you’re interested in the ongoing debates, controversies, costs, and risks regarding dredging the Savannah River from 42′ to 47′, check out this interesting piece today by Curtis Tate of McClatchy Newspapers: As states seek funds for deeper ports, will ships come in?