New limits on how deep a ship may ride in the river are reducing vessel drafts by at least three feet. This situation may get worse if the channel is not properly dredged, causing delays and other costly inefficiencies. Because of this, we risk other nations importing commodities from South America, where those ports may be up to the task.
We hope Congress and the White House will provide sufficient federal funding to dredge Southwest Pass to ensure it remains deep enough. Failure to do so could result in terrible economic losses that the nation can ill afford.
Paul Aucoin, LaPlace, La.
The writer is executive director
of the Port of South Louisiana.