January 15 - South Carolina's Charleston Harbor deepening project has been recommended to Congress for authorisation, informing the US government that the project requirements have been fulfilled.

The PreConstruction Engineering and Design (PED) phase of the project is underway, marking the final major phase of the deepening process before construction begins. PED work is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

"By the end of the decade, we will achieve 52 ft (15.8 m) of depth and Charleston will be the deepest harbour on the east coast," claims Jim Newsome, president and ceo of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA).