SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Port of Savannah is being awarded a $34.6 million grant to fund an important upgrade, a Georgia congressman said Tuesday.

Republican Rep. Buddy Carter said in a news release that the U.S. Department of Transportation will provide the funding through a Port Infrastructure Development Grant.

The money will be used to demolish one of the Savannah port's oldest berths where cargo ships dock. An extended berth that aligns with the others will be built in its place, Carter said, and the water will be deepened to 47 feet (14.3 meters) to match the depth of the expansion of the Savannah River shipping channel that's schedule for completion by the end of next year.

The Port of Savannah is the fourth-busiest U.S. seaport for handling cargo packed in shipping containers, such as retail goods ranging from consumer electronics to frozen chickens. The port handled 4.6 million container units in the 2019 calendar year.

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