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Port faces major challenges this year

PASCAGOULA — Port of Pascagoula leaders will focus on finding alternate cargoes to replace those not expected to rebound this year and sparking activity at the redeveloped South Terminal, Port Director Mark McAndrews said. McAndrews told a civic club in Pascagoula that last year the port began to promote itself as a gateway from Latin American to the upper Midwest ...

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Port gets grant for two improvement projects

BURNSVILLE — The Yellow Creek Port Authority has received a pair of state grants for a pair of improvement projects at the Northeast Mississippi Waterway Industrial Park. Officials tell the Daily Corinthian the rail spur project is the first step in connecting the nearby Norfolk Southern line with the barge terminal. The first phase is expected to be completed prior ...

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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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Feds want job-tracking numbers from State Port

GULFPORT — The federal government is now demanding that Gulfport state port officials start to track the number and type of jobs a $621 million port expansion will create. The port is expected to receive a total of $621 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for an 84-acre restoration and elevation of the West Pier that will more than ...

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Port upgrading security with federal funding

VICKSBURG — New security gates and cameras are in the works at the Port of Vicksburg. Tom Murphree, regional sales manager for Kinder Morgan, the port’s contract operator, tells the Vicksburg Post funding came from a $380,000 in federal grant. Murphree says the beefed-up security system will replace old chain-link gates and cameras and should be installed “within a few ...

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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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Decrease in poultry exports impacts State Port

A major decline in chicken exports does not bode well for the Mississippi port’s tentative plans to resume a pre-Katrina business that created hundreds of jobs. The port had planned to rebuild its freezer for chicken shipments on the West Pier, but that was before a new strategic plan reserved the space for an elevated containerized cargo operation. The port’s ...

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Port gets grant for new security training, equipment

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says a $358,485 federal port security grant will provide new training and new equipment to monitor and protect critical business near the Pascagoula port. Byrd tells The Mississippi Press that he applied for the grant because deputies patrol the port, Chevron, Mississippi Phosphate and Ingalls Shipyard. The grant is part of a $200-million ...

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Port commissioners award multiple contracts

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Port Authority Board of Commissioners has awarded more than $870,000 in construction contracts this week. The Mississippi Press reports that Hemphill Construction Co. is getting $725,000 as part of a $24-million project to improve the county’s industrial water supply system. It will construct a new chemical control building and making chemical feed modifications. The system ...

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