A port in Rhode Island is handling more automobile imports than ever before, making it the seventh largest auto importer on the continent.
The Port of Davisville at the Quonset Point business park handled more than 150,000 imported automobiles last year. Another 41,000 vehicles came in by rail.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced the accomplishment Tuesday. He called the port one of the state's key economic assets and notes that it handled more imported auto shipments than Boston, Seattle or Charleston, S.C.
Chafee, an independent, says the record number of autos moving through the port shows the need to expand port operations. Chafee is calling on lawmakers to approve a $7.5 million dredging project to allow more ships to enter the port.