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State port could land two new tenants; details pending

GULFPORT — The executive director of the Port of Gulfport says the facility could sign deals with two prospective tenants in the next six months. The Sun-Herald reports that news of the prospective tenants was revealed in a status report on a $570-million state restoration project at the port. It says the projects would open […] [...]

Port, consultant at odds over expenses; contract may be terminated

GULFPORT — The state port of Gulfport is negotiating reductions in contract costs with CH2M Hill, the global consulting and engineering firm that conceived ambitious expansion plans unveiled in 2008 but since curtailed. “It’s my opinion we really don’t need all their services they offer and the expenses that are going along with it,” said […] [...]

Port traffic increases with Genesis expansion

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy expects to be handling as many as 36,500 rail cars annually at its terminal in Natchez by the end of the year. Genesis Energy president Steve Nathanson tells The Natchez Democrat that the company has expanded its customer base at the Natchez-Adams County Port terminal since starting operations. “We began handling […] [...]

State Port director disputes union numbers on jobs

GULFPORT — The state port has responded to complaints its job numbers appear inflated. New executive director Jonathan Daniels said the port employs the equivalent of 103 full-time longshoremen, not the 388 union workers the port previously publicized. Daniels said the new number came from the local International Longshoremen Association. He said the union also […] [...]

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” […] [...]

MDA says it will meet HUD’s requirement for jobs at port

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Development Authority intends for 51 percent of new jobs at the state port to be filled by low- to moderate-income residents. But the agency never said current jobs would meet that goal. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has raised concerns over job numbers. The Sun Herald reports MDA […] [...]

Genesis Energy doubling capacity, adding workers

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy plans to more than double its railcar capacity at its terminal in the Natchez-Adams County Port. The Natchez Democrat reports the expansion will create approximately 20 new jobs, including 15 equipment operators and five professional staff. The announcement comes as the company finalized its first phase — which includes 40 railcar […] [...]

Feds claims MDA has documented only handful of port workers

GULFPORT — The federal government says the Mississippi Development Authority has documented only 50 of the 1,286 direct, full-time jobs it claims at the state port, and insists MDA provide records to show all the jobs exist. The Sun Herald obtained a copy of a letter sent April 22 to the MDA from Stanley Gimont, […] [...]

Port lets dredging contract, clearing way for wood pellets

PASCAGOULA — Port of Pascagoula commissioners have approved a $1.5-million dredging project to prepare a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility. The board awarded the $1.47 million contract to C. F. Bean, LLC for the dredging, testing, transporting and disposing of about 45,000 cubic yards of silts around Terminals E and […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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