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State Port gets HUD funds to complete Katrina recovery

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport has received the final $481 million in federal funds to complete Katrina restoration and elevation to 25 feet, a project that will take six years. The restoration and elevation will quadruple the port’s capacity. The Sun Herald reports the port has been redesigned as it is being rebuilt so the result will be a ...

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Coast Guard closes Natchez port due to flooding river

NATCHEZ — Record flooding has caused authorities to close the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez because barge traffic could put more pressure on the levees. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said the port was closed Monday, leaving two vessels waiting to head north and one waiting to go south. The U.S. economy could face a bill running ...

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Coast harbormaster fired, investigation underway

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs harbormaster Lesley Hamm has been fired amid a state auditor’s investigation into how public funds were spent. The Mississippi Press reports that Jackson County Board of Supervisors president Mike Mangum confirmed that Hamm was fired Tuesday. Lisa Shoemaker, spokeswoman for the state auditor’s office, told the newspaper that an investigation into misappropriated funds at the ...

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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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Southern Miss signs pact with Panamanians

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Technological University of Panama have signed a memorandum of understanding, opening the door for enhanced collaboration on new academic and economic development opportunities. “This trip is all about building relationships with one of the most dynamic countries in the Western Hemisphere,” said Dr. Martha Saunders, president of USM. “Partnerships developed ...

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Port to have completed plan at year's end

PASCAGOULA — Port of Pascagoula officials have been told they’ll have a new 20-year strategic plan in hand by December. Lori Baer, from the Sunrise, Fla., office of engineering and architecture firm AECOM, attended a Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 10 and gave an update on the company’s progress with the plan. Officials say the proposal should position the port ...

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Construction on new harbor master office to begin tomorrow

OCEAN SPRINGS — Construction will begin tomorrow on the 3,000-square-foot office for the Ocean Springs harbor master and staff. It will replace the house that had been converted to an office and then destroyed by Katrina. Officials will hold a pile-driving ceremony on the site at 9 a.m. to kick off the rebuilding that is expected to take about a ...

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Spill creates a river of concerns

  While the Gulf oil spill has the Coast waiting and wondering, it also has ratcheted up concerns along the Mississippi River. Handling hundreds of millions of tons of goods annually, a stoppage or interruption of river traffic could create an economic disaster for the state and nation on an industrial scale. So far, the impact of the oil spill ...

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Michael Baker wins port contract

RIDGELAND and GULFPORT — Michael Baker Jr. Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation, has been awarded a five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport to provide coastal engineering design and other services in support of the $570-million Port of Gulfport Restoration Program, an extensive effort to restore and rebuild the Port ...

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Report: Ports worth more than $6.2B to state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Inland and Gulf Coast ports in Mississippi pumped more than $6.2 billion into the state’s economy in 2009, producing 46,000 jobs and a payroll worth more than $1.8 billion, according to statistics released yesterday at a news conference held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO.) Standing ...

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