Posts Tagged ‘maritime’

Port to get improvements costing nearly $2M

by Associated Press Published: December 17,2012

Tags: construction, contract, contractor, enhancement, fund, funding, improvement, maritime, navigation, port, traffic, transportation, travel

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Port Authority has set aside $1.8 million for surfacing and drainage improvements at the Port of Pascagoula. The Sun Herald reports the authority is awarding the money to Talley Contracting under a contract for improvements to the port’s south terminal. The project calls for expanding the port’s storage and cargo […] [...]

River not dropping as fast as expected, but concerns remain

by Associated Press Published: December 6,2012

Tags: barge, boat, boater, boating, drought, dry, maritime, navigation, port, ship, shipper, shipping, traffic, transportation, water, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — A revised Mississippi River forecast is offering a bit of a reprieve for shippers, showing the water level isn’t dropping as quickly as feared. Still, at least two large barge companies already are reducing their loads over concerns about the river’s depth. Months of drought have left the Mississippi near historic low […] [...]

Corps’ Mat Sinking Unit working overtime on lowered river

by MBJ Staff Published: October 16,2012

Tags: boat, boater, engineer, engineering, maritime, navigation, river, ship, shipping, transportation, travel, water

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Vicksburg District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) reports it is currently working on the Mississippi River near Mayersville on river mile 495. Thus far this season the MSU has placed 167,391 squares or approximately 384 acres of articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River. […] [...]

River shipping resumes after emergency repairs to lock

by Associated Press Published: September 20,2012

Tags: barge, drought, dry, goods, lock, maritime, port, repair, river, ship, shipping, towboat, traffic, transportation, water, water level

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping resumed today through one of the Mississippi River’s busiest locks after crews completed emergency repairs that took days and that stranded hundreds of barges destined for points north or south. By the time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Lock 27 at Granite City, Ill., just north of St. Louis, […] [...]

Measuring river’s depth not like it used to be

by Associated Press Published: September 18,2012

Tags: barge, boat, boating, depth, drought, dry, gaiuge, maritime, measure, measuring, river, sea level, shipping, stick, towboat, traffic, water level, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Reading the depth of the Mississippi River is high-tech stuff compared to decades ago, when engineers used sticks and pressure lines to measure water levels. Still, a clear measure of water in the river when levels are low can be confusing even when updated hourly on the Internet. To get the amount, […] [...]

Grounded barge forces another closing of Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Another barge grounding near Greenville has closed the Mississippi River to shipping. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Robert Anderson said a barge ran past buoys marking the shipping channel Saturday evening. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said yesterday it was refloated, but vessel traffic was not expected to resume before today. […] [...]

Towboats still creeping through trouble spot on Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping is being allowed to move slowly through a stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville that has been a trouble spot as low water caused by drought exposes sand and mud bars. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said today barges are being allowed to proceed south with northbound traffic expected […] [...]

Authorities reopen Mississippi; ‘trickle of barges’ getting through

by Associated Press Published: August 23,2012

Tags: barge, boat, boating, commercve, drought, dry, maritime, port, river, severe e=weather, ship, shipping, towboat, transportation, water level, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Authorities have reopened the Mississippi River to some boat traffic, hours after freeing a barge that ran aground in dangerously low waters caused by an extensive drought. A trickle of barges had begun heading north as of late afternoon, but clearing all 33 northbound tows and 72 southbound barge strings was going […] [...]

Corps official on dropping Mississippi: ‘Worst is ahead of us’

by Associated Press Published: August 22,2012

Tags: barge, boat, cargo, Commerce, disaster, drought, dry, hot, maritime, natural disaster, port, rain, river, severe weather, ship, shipping, towboat, vessel, water level, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Low water levels that are restricting shipping traffic, forcing harbor closures and causing barges to run aground on the economically vital Mississippi River are expected to continue into October, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say. Meanwhile, more than 100 tow boats and barges remain backed up near Greenville due to the […] [...]

Low water shuts down Mississippi River; nearly 100 boats idled

by Associated Press Published: August 21,2012

Tags: boat, boating, Commerce, dredge, dredging, drought, dry, maritime, port, river, severe weather, ship, shipping, trade, traffic, transportation, water, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage yesterday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville has been closed intermittently since Aug. […] [...]

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