The budget cutting sweeping through Washington won’t help U.S. ports looking to prepare for the big, new ships that will start transiting the expanded Panama Canal in less than three years. But that’s just one of a myriad of obstacles depth-challenged ports face. In some cases, the Army Corps of Engineers’ hands are tied — its funding cut or diverted to other non-infrastructure needs. In others, environmental advocates are tying up approved projects for months — if not longer — beyond their expected start dates. The race is on to 2014. Who will be ready and who won’t? Click on a port for more information.