Jun 28 2017

Shelby Questions Army Corps Chief of Engineers on Port of Mobile

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today discussed the value of the Port of Mobile with Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

During today’s Energy and Water Development Subcommittee hearing, Senator Shelby highlighted that the Port of Mobile is the nation’s 10th largest seaport and is a major employer in the state. He went on to question Lt. General Semonite about the Mobile General Reevaluation Report (GRR), which is currently examining the potential deepening and widening of the Port of Mobile. The GRR is expected to be completed in fall of 2019.

Lt. General Semonite spoke to the Port of Mobile’s potential and its ability to continue to put “skin in the game.”  He continued, “These large shippers are going to go where it’s the best business for them … We want to be able to optimize those ports that really have the potential to have national capabilities, and Mobile is certainly one of those.”