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Low water shuts down Mississippi River; nearly 100 boats idled

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage yesterday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran ...

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Review finds problems with port's expansion plans

GULFPORT — A review ordered by Gov. Phil Bryant finds a number of problems with expansion plans at the Port of Gulfport. One is that the state port doesn’t have long-term leases with four current tenants that will operate on the expanded West Pier, The Sun-Herald reported. The consulting firm R.J. Johns & Associates also criticized the lack of a ...

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Report: Gulf Coast ports need help to ready for expanded Panama Canal

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal agency says seaports in the Southeast region need the most help getting ready to trade with supersized cargo ships expected to arrive soon through an expanded Panama Canal. A report to Congress released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says ports on the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts may need up to $5 ...

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Port officials give nod to sports complex study

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport has agreed to allow a company to study placing a sports complex on an approximately 28-acre parcel on the port property. The Sun Herald reports yesterday’s vote by the Port Commission allows the group, known as Overtime Sports, only to study building something at the port. It doesn’t approve construction. Company owner Tim Bennett, ...

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South Korean ambassador to meet with business leaders

NEW ORLEANS — South Korea’s ambassador to the United States will meet with Mississippi and Louisiana business people later this month in New Orleans. Han Duck-soo is the ambassador. He’s also a former prime minister and current chairman of the Korea-U.S. Economic Council Inc., which promotes economic ties between the two countries. The council is touring several states and will ...

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Port looking to work around hundreds of nesting least terns

GULFPORT — Hundreds of least terns are nesting on the state port’s West Pier in Gulfport. Port Restoration director Joe Conn tells the Sun Herald the port is submitting a plan to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to work around the birds. The port’s West Pier is being expanded, elevated and updated to house a modern containerized cargo operation. When ...

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Bryant signs bill removing port from state oversight

GULFPORT ­ — Legislation that removes the Port of Gulfport and its $570 million post-Hurricane Katrina expansion and renovation from state government oversight has been signed by the governor. House Bill 1091 took effect with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature this past week. The bill exempts the Port of Gulfport from state-agency bidding and purchasing oversight and declares it to be ...

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Senators want challenge to proposed Mexican duties on U.S. poultry

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk to challenge new duties proposed by Mexico on imported U.S. poultry. Cochran and Wicker are among 16 Senators who last week sent a letter to Kirk that states the lawmakers’ concern with antidumping charges levied by Mexico on U.S. poultry, specifically chicken ...

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Bryant to lead delegation to U.S.-Canada trade conference

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Gov. Phil Bryant will lead a delegation of Mississippi business leaders and economic development officials at the 5th Annual Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) conference and trade mission, which is scheduled for May 20-22 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mississippi businesses, economic developers, university representatives and local officials are encouraged to join the state’s delegation at ...

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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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