Corps asked to conduct study on proposed port channel

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of a 47-foot-deep ship channel in Gulfport.

The Sun Herald reports the corps will take public comment on the proposed study at a meeting May 21 in Gulfport.

The port’s request to deepen the 20-mile ship channel would modify a corps study of port expansion that began about two years ago. Under the current permit, the corps is studying further expansion of the port’s West Pier, East Pier, north shore and turning basin.

The expansion would involve disturbing about 200 acres of water bottoms for wharfs, bulkheads, terminal facilities, container storage, container-transfer infrastructure and other improvements.

Those improvements would be in addition to the 84-acre West Pier expansion the port already has undertaken.

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