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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 […] [...]

La. officials asking for video of barge striking bridge

VICKSBURG — Louisiana officials have informally asked about video from security cameras at the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge where a barge struck the Mississippi River span on March 23, 2011. Vicksburg Bridge Commission superintendent Herman Smith tells the Vicksburg Post the agency has not been served with a subpoena for the video. The highway […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Coast Guard says sunken barge no risk to river traffic

VICKSBURG — Authorities say the barge that sank after hitting a bridge on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg poses no dangers to shipping or the environment. Coast Guard Capt. Bill Drelling said today that the barge is in 80 feet of water so there’s no risk of other barges hitting it. No decision has been […] [...]

River reopens after towboat hits I-20 bridge

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi River re-opened this morning in Vicksburg after barges hit the old U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says that there was enough water covering a barge that sank yesterday to allow other vessels to safely pass through. After the river re-opened at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the coast […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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