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Barge accident closes river, but flooding bigger worry

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River at Vicksburg after barges hit a railroad bridge there yesterday and about 30 barges broke free from the towboat “Captain Buck Lay.” Nine towboats — six bound upriver and three heading downriver — with a total of 134 barges were waiting to get through yesterday evening, […] [...]

EPA wants more information on proposed port expansions

GULFPORT — The federal government wants environmental studies on three projects related to the expansion of the state Port of Gulfport conducted so the impact on the entire Turkey Creek Watershed can be determined. The Environmental Protection Agency made those comments in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Mobile, Ala. […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit docks after long, extended season

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District’s (Corps) Mat Sinking Unit (MSU), has completed an extended mat-sinking season. This revetment season included a larger than normal program with critical repairs being made to sites damaged as a result of the 2011 historic flood. During this longer, eight-month, revetment season, the MSU placed […] [...]

Lawmakers want river dredged to handle cargo ships

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers should dredge the Mississippi River deep enough to handle the huge cargo ships expected to use the Panama Canal once its expansion is completed next year, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond say. The Louisiana Democrats have submitted bills to authorize dredging the river […] [...]

Agreement reached to keep NOAA system at port

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County Port Authority commissioners have approved an agreement with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to maintain a system that provides helpful navigational information for port users. Under the agreement, port director Mark McAndrews tells The Mississippi Press the port will maintain and operate the Physical Oceanographic Real Time System that was […] [...]

Towboat company paying for post-accident bridge inspection

VICKSBURG — A towboat company that owns the barges that struck a Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg will be billed $2,200 for the span’s post-accident inspection. A two-barge tow pushed by the towboat Natures Way Endeavor, based in Theodore, Ala., struck the bridge at about 1 a.m. Jan. 27, causing one of the barges to […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Commissioners hire firm to find new port director

GULFPORT — A firm has been hired to search for a new director for the Port of Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports the port’s Board of Commissioners voted to hire Boyden Global Executive Search to find a new director. Commissioner John Rester said Boyden has conducted the previous four executive searches for the port and […] [...]

Removal of rock pinnacles in dropping river progressing slowly

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Crews scooping out Mississippi River bedrock in southern Illinois are making steady progress but have removed just a fraction of the rock pinnacles that are impeding navigation along a stretch of the drought-plagued waterway, an Army Corps of Engineers official said. Excavating machinery had chiseled away 39 cubic yards of rock by […] [...]

Leaders ‘cautiously optimistic’ about navigation on dropping river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division commander Maj. Gen. John Peabody and St. Louis District commander Col. Chris Hall met with state and local representatives yesterday in Alton, Ill., to discuss current and future actions the Corps will take to maintain a safe and reliable navigation channel during low […] [...]

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