Rhode Island’s General Assembly has sent two resolutions to Gov. Lincoln Chafee approving plans of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. to issue $7.5 million of bonds for maintenance dredging at Port of Davisville in North Kingstown.

Chafee supports the measure, which will enable Port of Davisville to accommodate larger ships. The port, on Quonset Point about 20 miles south of Providence, is the eighth-largest auto importer in North America.

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