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Port of Claiborne County, MS

Port of Claiborne County is a cargo port located at mile marker 404.8 on the Mississippi River in Port Gibson, Mississippi. This is between Natchez and Vicksburg with easy access to the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant. It is located on a small inlet along the river providing a minimum channel depth of 9 feet. The port is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is 800 feet in length and has a turning basin that is 800 feet by 400 feet.


Claiborne County was home to many cotton plantations in the early 1800s. These plantations were nearby to water sources including the Mississippi and the Big Black River which were also used for transportation. Cotton was the major export of the time, and the major port in the area was Grand Gulf. It was larger and wealthier than the other nearby Port Gibson. However, the town reached an unfortunate end.

A series of events caused the decline and end of the city. Yellow fever wiped out a great may people, and then a fatal steamboat explosion occurred here. The next year a tornado devastated part of the town, and later two battles ensued here during the Civil War. The Port of Claiborne County was established later to provide water transportation to local industries.

Today, other products have become popular exports from the area such as lumber. 300,000,000 tons of timber is within a 60-mile radius. The county is also a high poultry producer.

Location and Accessibility

A general cargo dock is available for cargo barges as well as public boat ramps for recreational and fishing use. The port is located in a fertile area of the state known as the Mississippi Delta. It has a 572-foot barge wharf that is connected to a site pad that is about 10 acres in size. It is located near road, rail, and water and air transportation. The Jackson-Evers Airport is a global link that has a customs office and a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and is an hour away. It offers a variety of nonstop flights each day. The Vicksburg Airport is a general aviation facility that is located a half-hour away.

Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is the longest river in the United States, flowing a total of 2,350 miles from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. It has many tributaries including the Missouri and Ohio Rivers and others. It provides easy access to the gulf and therefore offers the ability to trade with countries across the globe. Shipping on the river is essential to the country’s economy. Some important products shipped include petroleum, steel and iron, grains, paper and wood, coal and chemicals.

Those who work on barges and other vessels and in shipyards face hazardous conditions. Accidents can occur, and when they do, they may result in serious injuries or fatalities. If you were hurt in a maritime accident, we can help. Contact us by filling out the online form to discuss your case with us today.

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