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Port Itawamba

Port Itawamba is a shallow barge port located on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway at mile marker 390 near Fulton, Mississippi. It is a full-service port that includes an overhead bridge crane that has a 60-foot span with a 60-ton capacity. The area is conveniently located to highway and rail transportation. They offer import and export support including barge container services.


The County of Itawamba has a long and rich history. The area was home to Native Americans hundreds of years ago when European explorers settled here. The region was always important for trade. Agriculture products including cotton were originally the most important items in the area. There was a trading post located in an area on the Tombigbee River.  More settlers came to the area and by 1850 Fulton was an established village.

Today the port provides a viable transportation option for local and regional industries. The completion of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway allows connection to the gulf coast via water. Companies now rely on the port and the industry it supports that provides jobs to many people in the region.

The Tenn-Tom Waterway is a man-made connective system that extends 234 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Fulton is one of the northernmost towns on the waterway. It was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and includes a system of 10 locks and dams to control flow. The system connects that Tennessee River with the Black Warrior-Tombigbee River system in the south near Demopolis, Alabama. The two most common products that are transported by barge are coal and forestry products. Others are grains and sand and gravel.


The harbor has a large area for barges with 1200 feet of mooring and a fleeting location that is 260 feet by 1100 feet. There is access to a 150-acre industrial part that has an environmentally controlled warehouse facility. In addition, there is paved storage available outdoors. The port facilities include machinery necessary for all types of cargo including a crane, conveyor, hopper and loading and unloading for containers. Truck scales are located on site.

There is a mooring and handling area that is 1200 feet in size and has water fluctuation of fewer than four inches. They offer comprehensive docking, warehousing and bulk cargo handling including cross docking, warehousing, inventory management services, bar coding, logistics control and import and export help.

The Mississippi Railway provides transportation, connecting to many other railways across the country via the BNSF and KCS at Aberdeen, MS. By highway, the facility operates an access road that connects to MS-25. I-22/78 is also just a mile away from the site.

The port is primarily used by barges. Barge work is some of the most difficult and hazardous of occupations. Barge workers often use many dangerous types of equipment and are at risk of deck accidents. Employers are required to ensure safe working conditions for employees. Maritime workers who are injured because of the negligence of their employers may be protected by the Jones Act. If you were hurt in a maritime accident contact us by filling out the online form today.

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