Biloxi Port is located on a peninsula that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and the Back Bay, about 80 miles from the Port of New Orleans. It is operated by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. It is mainly utilized for imports, while only 2% of cargo is for export and handles more than 74 million tons annually. The most important products include coal and lignite, sand and gravel, rock, stone, and sand.
The channel is 12 feet deep with berths that range from 8 to 12 feet in depth. It can accommodate vessels up to 172 feet in length. The entire area covers about 2 acres, and also it has an off-site warehouse that is 20,000 square feet. It is conveniently located to highways including US-90, Interstate 10 and MS 609.
The area has been populated for many thousands of years, according to artifacts that have been found nearby. Native Americans inhabited the region before Europeans arrived. French explorers landed here as early as 1699 when it was called Ship Island. The port later belonged to England and then to Spain.
In 1801 the U.S. obtained 2.6 million acres of land as part of the Treaty of Fort Adams, with the remaining portion of the property being obtained in 1830. It began to grow more steadily after Mississippi became a state in 1817.
The region has been hit by hurricanes at various times throughout its history. A seawall was built in 1927 in an effort to provide protection to the coast. The port was severely damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Prior to the hurricane, it was the 3rd largest in Mississippi and now is the 5th largest. Rebuilding continues to be done to attract additional commercial business.
Facilities and Services
The port has two commercial docks that provide services for commercial and industrial users. It has a variety of services including supplies, repairs, equipment, fuel, and service of marine electronics. There are also two marinas that offer piers, boat docks, boat launches and a fishing bridge for recreational boaters and sportsmen. The original Small Craft Harbor was destroyed by Hurricane Katarina and was rebuilt in the city’s “Ole Biloxi” downtown location in 2010. The commercial docks are used primarily by local shrimping fleets.
The location is also home to the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino and is the tallest building in the state. It is a popular tourist and travel destination with more than 1,700 guest rooms, various restaurants, a spa, and a casino. The area is also home to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.
The Biloxi area is a popular fishing and recreational boating area, sharing the waterways with commercial vessels. This makes it a dangerous location. Those who work aboard commercial vessels, on docks or in shipyards could be injured in maritime accidents. If you were hurt in an accident due to negligence on the part of your employer, you could be allowed to take legal action. Contact our office by filling out the online form to discuss your case with us today.