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Mississippi ports are crucial to the economy of the state. The Mississippi Department of Transportation controls two of the ports including Biloxi and Clay County while the other 14 are owned and operated locally. The state has four seaports and 12 river ports. Six river ports are located on the Mississippi River, and six are located on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Two provide container liner services including Aberdeen and Gulfport.

The largest is Pascagoula, with a total annual tonnage of 32,427,863. It is located on the Gulf of Mexico, a popular destination for barge vessels as well as cargo ships in the deep shipping lanes. There are public terminals at both the east and west harbors. It provides facilities and manpower to handle all types of cargo.

Ports in Mississippi

Mississippi has 16 ports including some on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico as well as others that are inland.

  • Bienville Industrial Part
  • City of Aberdeen
  • Armory
  • Biloxi
  • Claiborne County
  • Greenville
  • Gulfport
  • Itawamba
  • Lowndes County
  • Natchez Adams County
  • Pascagoula
  • Rosedale
  • Vicksburg
  • Raymond D. Lucas Memorial Port (Clay County)
  • Yazoo County
  • Yellow Creek

Mississippi Waterways

Ports are located on various waterways throughout the state. The Mississippi River is the main thoroughfare and largest river in the country. It runs south from Minnesota all the way to the mouth, some 2,320 miles in length. The river has many tributaries, gaining in size in some areas. The river is known as the Lower Mississippi in the state. The main stem has a clear channel that allows for ease of water traffic by barges and other vessels. There is a system of locks and dams that help to maintain a consistent depth of at least 9 feet which is needed for commercial barges. The depth in the area from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico is quite deep at about 45 feet. This depth allows for large container and cruise ships.

The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is man-made and connects the Tennessee River with the Black Warrior Tombigbee Rivers. It was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1984 after years of construction at a cost of over $2 billion. It runs about 234 miles from Demopolis, Alabama to the Gulf coast. There are ten locks and dams to control water flow. There are 17 ports and terminals along the waterway as well as property used for recreational purposes.

Those who work in shipyards, on barges and docks and aboard vessels have dangerous jobs. Accidents occur on a daily basis, and many of them result in injuries. Companies are required to provide a safe work environment, and they must report any accidents to the U.S. Department of Transportation or U.S. Coast Guard. The Jones Act is legislation that applies to those who work aboard vessels in the United States. If a worker is injured or killed due to negligence on the part of the employer or vessel owner, an employee may take legal action.

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