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New deal could increase business at Vicksburg port

Officials are working on a deal that could bring new equipment and business to the Port of Vicksburg.

State Rep. Alex Monsour was quoted by The Vicksburg Post on Monday as saying that the deal could increase the amount of business at the port fivefold.

Terminal manager Chris Maxwell of Watco Terminal and Port Services, which manages Vicksburg’s port, says a prospective business is looking to increase its usage of the port through a deal that would guarantee a minimum of 250,000 tons passing through it each year. The port currently handles around 65,000 tons per year.

Monsour says attracting the business would require major improvements including a new crane, an outside concrete pad, a new front-end loader and fencing.

The business was unnamed due to a confidentiality agreement.

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