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Harbor upkeep underfunded at busy Brunswick port

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Work is underway to clear out sand and sediment accumulated in the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, which is having trouble moving ships at low tide or with full cargo loads because its harbor has become too shallow.

The Georgia Ports Authority says the waterway connecting the Brunswick port to the Atlantic Ocean is only 30 feet deep in places just seven years after the Army Corps of Engineers deepened the channel to 36 feet. Shippers using the port pay about $15 million a year in federal taxes designated for harbor maintenance, but less than half that money returns to Brunswick for upkeep.

Georgia ports executive director Curtis Foltz says the Brunswick harbor's condition is so dire that port officials are paying half the $6 million dredging cost.

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