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Service Specialist wins museum contract from Corps

VICKSBURG and RIDGELAND — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, has awarded a contract to Service Specialist of Ridgeland for the operation and maintenance of the Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Site (LMRM). The amount of the yearly contract is $305,000 and will provide staff, interpretive services, general maintenance and landscaping […] [...]

River reopens after towboat runs aground near Greenville

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is open again to traffic after being closed due to a barge grounding. The towboat Bootsie B ran aground yesterday pushing 13 empty barges and 15 barges loaded with fertilizer and salt. Coast Guard petty officer Ryan Tippets says the grounding happened near Greenville. Tippets says today that the […] [...]

Leaders, including governor, question plans for State Port

GULFPORT — Mississippi leaders are questioning whether the Port of Gulfport is doing enough to capitalize on $570 million in federal money being spent there in the aftermath of 2005′s Hurricane Katrina. Port officials told a community group Tuesday that the port is not close to deepening its 36-foot ship channel, one of the shallowest […] [...]

Coast Guard: No current plans to close ever-falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River level is continuing to drop, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis says it is using survey boats and dredges to maintain safe navigation. The National Weather Service says drought has dropped the river’s summer level in Memphis to about 13 feet below normal, and it could […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit to work harder due to historic 2011 flood

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is scheduled to depart today from Vicksburg to begin laying articulated concrete mattress (ACM) squares that will protect submerged riverbanks in more than 30 locations. Traditionally, the MSU departs Vicksburg heading northward toward Cairo, Ill., and works back down the riverbanks on each […] [...]

Director: Port should remain open as river falls

VICKSBURG — Dredging near the Port of Vicksburg over the past five years should keep the inland port open even as Mississippi River levels fall. Warren County Port Commission executive director Wayne Mansfield tells the Vicksburg Post about $4 million in work completed in 2008 to widen the Yazoo Diversion Canal has put the local […] [...]

Coast shipyard changes name to TY Offshore

GULFPORT — Trinity Offshore is now called TY Offshore. “The purpose of this is that there appeared to be some confusion in the vessel market over whether we were part of Trinity Industries out of Dallas. We felt that it was time to take ‘Trinity’ out of the name,” president and CEO John Dane III […] [...]

Mississippi River dropping, reaching near record low-water mark

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is slipping into record low territory, but traffic is not expected to be affected. The Mississippi River at Vicksburg has fallen from 16.9 feet May 1 to 8.8 feet yesterday. It is predicted to drop to 6.1 feet by July 11 unless there is significant rainfall in the Upper […] [...]

Corps reports museum nearing completion; opening set for July

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s construction of the Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Center is nearing completion. The museum will consist of a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building attached to the Motor Vessel Mississippi. The building will include a reception area, orientation theater, interactive displays and exhibits and a classroom/activity […] [...]

Barbour: U.S. ports need investment, strategy policy

BILOXI — Former Gov. Haley Barbour, speaking to a regional gathering of Gulf states harbor pilots, called for a “bias for action and a sense of urgency…for increased U.S. investment in waterways infrastructure and a national strategic policy to prepare and equip U.S. ports in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Seaboard for increased […] [...]

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