Biden visiting ports in SC and Georgia - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

V.P. Biden: They're way, way, way, way, way ahead of us

Posted: Updated:
Biden visits Charleston on Monday morning before flying on to Savannah to visit the Georgia ports. Biden visits Charleston on Monday morning before flying on to Savannah to visit the Georgia ports.
State and local officials awaiting VP Joe Biden's arrival. State and local officials awaiting VP Joe Biden's arrival.
State and local officials awaiting VP Joe Biden's arrival. State and local officials awaiting VP Joe Biden's arrival.
CHARLESTON, SC -

 

The Port of Charleston served as the backdrop for a visit by Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The visit was to talk about a competitive and global economy and the area's role in it.Both of them praised the port and its contributions but added the game is changing expansion and efficiency should be the focus, as other countries around the world are gaining new ground.

As the hot sun beat down on the small crowd made up mainly of local and state leaders, Vice President Joe Biden reminded them that competition in the global economy is heating up and the U.S. is arriving to the game a little late.

"If I dropped a South Carolinian in the Port of Hong Kong or a Beijing airport and blindfolded them and opened it up and I said, where are you? They would say this is America. It's not America they're way, way, way, way, way ahead of us."

As the America's hold on the maritime industry slips, the wheels are in motion to firm things up at the Port of Charleston. The 350-million dollar dredging project to allow the giant post Panamax cargo ships into the harbor 24-7, has been put on the fast-track.

The Vice President said on Monday the dredging project will move forward because it has to. It's a statement Governor Nikki Haley plans to hold him to. "The Vice President put his money where his mouth is and said absolutely in order for us to continue to see jobs coming in, in order for us to see South Carolina grow and the American economy grow we got to deepen the Port of Charleston."

One official said on Monday that 75% of the U-S economy is either in the belly or on the deck of a ship. But there is much more to it that is why U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is with the Vice President on the port tours across the country.

"We're in a foot race with the world, there are ports that are growing in other parts of the world and are becoming an attractive place for commerce. We have the good infrastructure in place as a country there is no reason why we can't race to the top and compete with any country in the world."

With plans to double trade by 2025 and then double it again in 2040, a new federal initiative is in play-- it's a pep-talk at some of the country's largest ports. It's an effort to stoke the fires of a powerful economic engine that is slow to adapt.

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Port of Charleston in South Carolina Monday to talk about the need to invest in the nation's infrastructure.

Biden visited Charleston on before flying on to Savannah to visit the Georgia ports.

Both Charleston and Savannah, who are in keen competition in the shipping business, are pursuing projects to deepen their harbor shipping channels to handle a new generation of larger containerships.

Read more about the Charleston Port here

Last week, the vice president visited the Port of Baltimore. There he discussed a $10 million grant to help that port widen a shipping channel and increase storage capacity.

  • Broken water main that flooded UCLA is shut off

    Broken water main that flooded UCLA is shut off

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:41 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:41:56 GMT
    (AP) - Officials say a broken water pipe that flooded parts of the UCLA campus has been shut off after releasing millions of gallons of water.Los Angeles Department of Water and Power assistant general manager Jim McDaniel says the pipe was shut off around 7 p.m., some 3 1/2 hours after it broke under Sunset Boulevard and began spewing water onto the nearby campus.McDaniel says an estimated eight to 10 million gallons were released. He says the entire city of Los Angeles uses 55 million gallo...
    (AP) - Officials say a broken water pipe that flooded parts of the UCLA campus has been shut off after releasing millions of gallons of water.Los Angeles Department of Water and Power assistant general manager Jim McDaniel says the pipe was shut off around 7 p.m., some 3 1/2 hours after it broke under Sunset Boulevard and began spewing water onto the nearby campus.McDaniel says an estimated eight to 10 million gallons were released. He says the entire city of Los Angeles uses 55 million gallo...
  • Local leaders call for residents to help end violence throughout Charleston County

    Local leaders call for residents to help end violence throughout Charleston County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:52:26 GMT
    With an average of 1 to 2 shootings per week, Charleston County leaders are asking communities to help police tackle the increase in crime by being engaged. On Tuesday afternoon local officials in Charleston Countytogether at Charleston City Hallcalled for an end toan increase inviolent crimes throughout Charleston County. The press conference was organized by the National Action Network and was attended by Mayor Joe Riley, police chiefs Greg Mullens and Eddie Driggers, Representative Wen...
    With an average of 1 to 2 shootings per week, Charleston County leaders are asking communities to help police tackle the increase in crime by being engaged. On Tuesday afternoon local officials in Charleston Countytogether at Charleston City Hallcalled for an end toan increase inviolent crimes throughout Charleston County. The press conference was organized by the National Action Network and was attended by Mayor Joe Riley, police chiefs Greg Mullens and Eddie Driggers, Representative Wen...
  • Former marine fights back against attempted robbery

    Former marine fights back against attempted robbery

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:58:12 GMT
    The Charleston County Sheriff's Officeis trying to find two men responsible for an attempted robbery.Just before midnight on July 21st at the Kangaroo gas station on Ashley Phosphate, Anthony Morris and his wife were paying for their purchase.A man behind him may have seen that he was carrying several $100 bills. That man and a second suspect in a white SUV can be seen outside near the gas pumps.Morris says they followed him down Ashley phosphate to his Tedder Street home. Once there, one sus...
    The Charleston County Sheriff's Officeis trying to find two men responsible for an attempted robbery.Just before midnight on July 21st at the Kangaroo gas station on Ashley Phosphate, Anthony Morris and his wife were paying for their purchase.A man behind him may have seen that he was carrying several $100 bills. That man and a second suspect in a white SUV can be seen outside near the gas pumps.Morris says they followed him down Ashley phosphate to his Tedder Street home. Once there, one sus...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.