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Signet Maritime buys assets of Harvey Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine has sold its towing division to Signet Maritime Corporation. Signet said the acquisition includes eight offshore towing vessels. Houston-based Signet, which has facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi, said it has committed to retention of all crewmembers. Signet said the transfer of ownership was completed with financing […] [...]

Barbour participates in dedication of training center

PASCAGOULA — Former Gov. Haley Barbour was on hand Tuesday for the formal dedication of an $18.9-million workforce development building that will house training programs for hundreds of workers. The Sun Herald reports the Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Facility will be used by the Ingalls shipyard for its apprentice program. Barbour said the facility […] [...]

River traffic interrupted after tugboat sinks; owner of boat still unknown

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — One-way traffic is moving on the Mississippi River while crews search for a sunken tugboat. Although 15 ships were waiting to travel upriver at one point today, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash says the queue had been cleared by late morning Authorities don’t know why the 48-foot tugboat called “C-Pec” […] [...]

River mayors press on despite Farm Bill failure in House

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Leaders of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a mayoral-led effort to create a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, have signed a memorandum of common purpose (MOCP) in support of meeting today’s challenges facing the Mississippi River as well […] [...]

Commission sets fee for public to buy bridge video footage

VICKSBURG — Copies of videos from security cameras on the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge over the Mississippi River will cost the public $500 each. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted this week to charge the fee to turn over footage from its security cameras when formally requested. The Vicksburg Post reports a federal lawsuit was […] [...]

River reopens after towboat hits I-20 bridge

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi River re-opened this morning in Vicksburg after barges hit the old U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says that there was enough water covering a barge that sank yesterday to allow other vessels to safely pass through. After the river re-opened at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the coast […] [...]

Company expanding shipbuilding, repair operations

PASCAGOULA — Signet Maritime Corporate has announced plans for a $3.6-million expansion of its shipbuilding and repair operations at the Port of Pascagoula, creating 50 additional jobs. The company said the 50 spots have already been filled, and those new employees will assist the construction of a new tractor tugboat, Signet Magic, which is a […] [...]

Restoration of historic lighthouse runs out of funds

PASCAGOULA — The restoration project for Pascagoula’s historic Round Island Lighthouse is moving forward, but needs $350,000 more to be completed. Community and economic development director Jen Dearman tells The Sun Herald a significant amount of work has been done, but the department is asking residents to get more involved. The City Council approved a […] [...]

Auditor subpoenas financial accounts of state agency

BILOXI — The State Auditor’s Office has served a subpoena for access to two key Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ financial accounts. That’s according to a published report. Assistant Attorney General Sandy Chesnut tells The Sun Herald the auditor wants record from an account that holds disaster-relief money and from the Rigs to Reefs account. […] [...]

Shippers tip hat to Corps for keeping river open

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Barge operators are crediting the hustle by stewards of the Mississippi River for averting a potentially crippling shutdown of the vital commerce artery. Shippers say the Army Corps of Engineers has done all it can to keep the river open. Those efforts include ongoing work to rid a stretch of the river […] [...]

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