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Natchez-Adams County Port

The Natchez-Adams County Port has been providing operations and facilities for water transportation for more than 30 years. This very small river port is directly on the Mississippi River at mile 360 near the Natchez Vidalia, Louisiana Bridge. It is located parallel to a natural deep-water channel, so it’s operational every month of the year. The location is ideal for large barges and other vessels transporting products to places both inside and outside the United States.

Natchez has always been an important economic hub for the region. Cotton and lumber were important products and steamboats used to travel up and down the river. A tornado struck the area in 1840 killing many people who were aboard flatbed vessels. Flooding has been problematic at several times in history, most recently in 2011 when there was a crest recorded at 61.9 feet.

Port Facilities

There are a variety of facilities that are available here. Equipment includes three cranes, one with a rating of up to 300 tons. All cranes are reachable by rail. There are two docks for cargo. One dock is equipped for liquid transfer and one with roll-off capabilities. There is a railcar mover, a bulk transfer hopper, clamshell buckets and log grapples. The docks can accommodate multiple tasks at the same time. Forklifts move cargo around the entire facility. Additionally, warehouse space is available when needed. There is both covered and open space on site.

The port is serviced by a large industrial park which caters to both regional and national commercial industries. Several tracts inside the park are still available. The park has access by road and rail including truck accessibility. It is reachable by U.S. Highways 61, 98 and 84 in Natchez and by Natchez Railroad with a connection to the Canadian National Railroad. There is also a nearby county airport. It is in high demand because it is extremely easy to get to by both land and water.


The port is located directly on the river allowing for transportation directly to the Gulf of Mexico towards the south and all the way through the Midwest up to Minnesota to the north.  In addition, the location is also connected to the Mississippi River System that connects to the Tennessee River and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway systems.

The Mississippi River is the border between Louisiana and Mississippi in this area. The port is located in Mississippi although Louisiana is located directly across the river. The U.S. Coast Guard also has a presence here.

Today, barges are the most common form of river transportation here. Barge workers and those who work on docks have dangerous jobs. There are many hazards of maritime work. When a maritime employee is hurt because of negligence on the part of the company, they may be covered by the Jones Act. If you were seriously hurt in a maritime accident, we are here to protect your rights. Fill out the online form to contact us today to discuss your case.

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