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Global Port Tracker: Import cargo volume could set all-time high this month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to see a final surge and set a new monthly record in October as the holiday season approaches, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Increasing congestion at the nation’s […] [...]

State port, Dole Fresh Fruit working out long-term deal

GULFPORT — The state Port at Gulfport and Dole Fresh Fruit Co. are finalizing a deal to keep the company at the port for 13 years with renewal options that extend through 2037. Under the agreement, Dole will relocate their operations to the West Pier, significantly increasing capacity at the port. The state of Mississippi […] [...]

Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. […] [...]

Port officials find replacement tenant for Chiquita

GULFPORT — McDermott International will finish and spool pipe for oil and natural gas drillers at the Port of Gulfport, creating 100 jobs. The company said yesterday that it will lease space on the port’s East Pier for 10 years, with options for another 30 years. If the port gets environmental approvals from the U.S. […] [...]

Chiquita got $15M in incentives to move back to Louisiana

GULFPORT — Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans from Mississippi after nearly 40 years. Chiquita, then called United Brands, left New Orleans for Gulfport in the mid-1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. It is one of the Port of Gulfport’s top four tenants, according to that port’s website. “This […] [...]

Port asks county to borrow for wood pellet facility

PASCAGOULA — The Port of Pascagoula is asking Jackson County to borrow up to $24 million for wood pellet exporting facility. The Port of Pascagoula is preparing a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility. The export facility will have silos, an unloading facility for trucks and rail cars and a conveyor […] [...]

Dredge completes 2013 season after 150 days on river

VICKSBURG — The Dredge Jadwin recently returned to her home port of Vicksburg from the 2013 dredging season after 150 days in action. The Jadwin and crew relocated approximately 6.5 million cubic yards of sand and mud from the river channel of the mighty Mississippi River. The Jadwin was one of the last two steam-powered […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit continues work along the Mississippi River

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is currently working within the Corps’ Memphis District boundaries laying articulated concrete mats (ACM) on the Mississippi River’s banks. The ACM assists with the prevention of erosion and protects submerged riverbank areas. The MSU has completed approximately 34 percent […] [...]

Commission awards contract extension for port operations

VICKSBURG — The Port of Vicksburg has given a Texas company another year to operate the port under current terms. The Vicksburg Post reports that Kinder Morgan of Houston, Texas, had been operating the port on a month-to-month arrangement since its contract expired June 30. Terms approved this past week call for the company to […] [...]

Port works out agreement with feds over job data

GULFPORT — Mississippi officials say they have an agreement with the federal government to show how existing jobs were preserved with federal money at the state-owned Port of Gulfport. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ordered the state, in a letter received Sept. 11, to provide more documents about those jobs. The state […] [...]

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