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State Panel Eyes Feasibility of Delaware Port Expansion

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A panel charged with exploring the feasibility of expanding operations at the Port of Wilmington is holding its inaugural meeting.
    
The panel, which meets Wednesday, was created by a resolution passed by the General Assembly in June.
    
The port, which handles more than 400 vessels and 5 million tons of cargo annually, is a key U.S. entry point for fresh fruit from overseas.
    
Lawmaker say an expansion of the Panama Canal scheduled to be completed this year could provide an opportunity for the expansion of the Port of Wilmington, providing an economic boost to the state, but that a detailed analysis is needed to determine whether the port has the capacity to accommodate an expansion.
    
The task force is scheduled to submit its report by mid-January.

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