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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 installed by NOAA. The agreement ...

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Supervisors want to dredge Lake Yazoo Canal

PASCAGOULA – The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has filed an application for a wetlands permit with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources requesting authorization to maintenance dredge the Lake Yazoo Canal in Pascagoula. The proposed dredging is 2,200 feet in length and an average of 60 feet in width from a depth ranging from five to eight feet below ...

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Coast Guard lacks assets to respond to emergency on river

VICKSBURG — After a two-barge tow carrying 1.5 million gallons of oil hit the U.S. Highway 80 bridge in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, Coast Guard officials had to rely on a Vicksburg industry to respond. “We don’t have a specific search and rescue presence here in Vicksburg,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Walthour of the Coast Guard’s Vicksburg ...

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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 leak 7,000 gallons of crude ...

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River remains closed as oil spill cleanup continues

VICKSBURG — Barges transporting commerce idled among the nearly four-dozen vessels stacked up today along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River, denied transit as crews feverishly sought to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident. Workers have been skimming oily water around the clock near Vicksburg ever since a barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil ...

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Auditor subpoenas financial accounts of state agency

BILOXI — The State Auditor’s Office has served a subpoena for access to two key Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ financial accounts. That’s according to a published report. Assistant Attorney General Sandy Chesnut tells The Sun Herald the auditor wants record from an account that holds disaster-relief money and from the Rigs to Reefs account. The Sun Herald says it ...

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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 south of St. Louis of ...

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Boat dealer makes magazine's top 100 ranking

BAY ST. LOUIS — Breath’s Boats & Motors has made Boating Industry magazine’s eighth-annual Top 100 Dealers program, which recognizes the best-of-the-best from the thousands of marine dealers in North America. “Our editorial staff was extremely impressed with the dealership’s knowledge of its local market,” said Jonathan Sweet, Boating Industry magazine’s editor-in-chief. “For example, Breath’s added five brands in 2011 ...

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City awards contract for harbor project; repairs piers

PASS CHRISTIAN —The city of Pass Christian has awarded a $13.8 million contract for the final phase of its harbor expansion project. The Sea Coast Echo reports the board of aldermen awarded the contract to Silverton Construction of Jackson. Mayor Chipper McDermott says work on the 10-month contract is expected to begin immediately since Silverton is currently on site completing ...

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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 Tuesday morning, less than 5 ...

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