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Retailers' concerns mount over expired longshoremen's contract

WASHINGTON — Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “The negotiations have made progress and ...

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Corps official on dropping Mississippi: 'Worst is ahead of us'

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Low water levels that are restricting shipping traffic, forcing harbor closures and causing barges to run aground on the economically vital Mississippi River are expected to continue into October, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say. Meanwhile, more than 100 tow boats and barges remain backed up near Greenville due to the low river. The U.S. Coast ...

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ATK rolls out new, expanded Liberty spacecraft

IUKA — ATK, developer of the Liberty commercial spacecraft, has unveiled a new expanded crew and cargo capability. The extended cargo configuration will allow the Liberty spacecraft to take full advantage of the launch vehicle lift capacity to transport a pressurized pod (the Liberty Logistics Module, or LLM) along with the composite crew module. Based on NASA’s 15-foot diameter Multi-Purpose ...

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State Port officials report stronger cargo volume last year

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport reports stronger cargo volume in 2011, handling in excess of 216,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units), which represents an increase of 3.6 percent compared to 2010. Overall, more than 2.2 million tons of cargo moved through Gulfport, representing a year-over-year increase of 3.2 percent. “We experienced solid growth in both container and dry bulk ...

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Economist: River silt could cost billions

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget for dredging the Mississippi River is increased to prevent the river from silting in, according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river. Every year, the corps keeps the channel open with dredges that remove mud ...

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Fresh produce rolling out of State Port

GULFPORT — The coolers at Gulf Coast International Cargo are stacked high with thousands of cases of melons from Central America. The melons are moving through Gulfport on its way to Christmas dinner tables across America. WLOX-TV reports it’s a perishable food “dream come true” for Mike Alise and his company. “A lot of this stuff is going to be ...

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Cargo traffic soars at Port of Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA — Cargo tonnage at the Port of Pascagoula was up 27 percent through the third quarter compared to 2010, mostly due to liquefied natural gas coming into Gulf LNG Energy’s Bayou Casotte terminal. Port director Mark McAndrews tells the Mississippi Press the beginning LNG shipments more than offset some declines in some of port’s traditional cargoes. The first LNG ...

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NRF: Port traffic up, but expected to decline

WASHINGTON — Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to be up 16 percent in September over the same month last year, but 2010 has already hit its peak and numbers will decline through the remainder of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett ...

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