Posts Tagged ‘ship’

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Ingalls lands another, $76.8M Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Coast Guard is exercising a $76.8 million contract option for another cutter to be built by Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula. The $76.8 million will allow Huntington Ingalls to purchase material and components to support construction of the new cutter at its shipyard in Pascagoula, according to a news release Friday from […] [...]

Ingalls lands $3.3B Navy contract for five destroyers

PASCAGOULA — The Navy says Huntington Ingalls Inc. has been awarded a $3.3-billion contract to build five Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in five years at the company’s Pascagoula shipyard. One of the DDG 51 class ships is scheduled to be built each year. That begins with the current federal budget year, which started Oct. 1. The […] [...]

Connecticut company buys share of Coast shipyard

GULFPORT — A private equity firm is taking an ownership stake in a Mississippi shipyard group. Littlejohn & Co. of Greenwich, Conn., has bought part of Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, which owns the Trinity Yachts and TY Offshore shipyards in Gulfport and New Orleans. The dollar amount and ownership share were not disclosed. John Dane […] [...]

Foreign workers sue shipyard over work conditions, treatment

PASCAGOULA — Dozens of Indian guest workers are suing an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company, claiming it financially exploited them and forced them to live in squalid conditions after bringing them to work at Gulf Coast shipyards after Hurricane Katrina. Three federal lawsuits backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center were filed in Mississippi and […] [...]

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 […] [...]

First students in maritime training academy expected this summer

PASCAGOULA — Officials say classes should be underway inside Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy by the end of summer. President Irwin Edenzon tells The Mississippi Press the academy, funded through a Hurricane Katrina community development block grant, is meant to provide a skilled workforce and will help Ingalls expand its two- to […] [...]

Hearing to be held on proposed deepening of port channel

GULFPORT — A public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow on the state port’s proposal to study deepening the ship channel to as much as 47 feet. The port has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of a deeper ship channel as part of an ongoing environmental assessment of port expansion. […] [...]

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