Port of Amory
Port of Amory has more than a mile of water frontage on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Monroe County, MS. Amory began as a planned railroad town in 1887. The Kansas City, Memphis & Birmingham Railroad was in need of a location that was partway between Memphis and Birmingham. The new town attracted people who lived in nearby Cotton Gin Port on the Tombigbee River, who moved to Amory. Located in the Midwestern sector of the state, the waterway provides a method of transportation that is attractive to local and regional businesses.
Services and Facilities
There are a number of facilities here that are important for cargo barge transport. Loading and unloading is provided as is fleeting and mooring provisions. General freight transfer is available for general cargo including grain and lumber, two of the most important products of the area.
There is a public terminal that offers 800 feet of barge berthing area and seven domes of storage. A bridge crane is available for large and heavy loads. It is also equipped to handle steel products and bulk products. Additionally, there is storage capability within the area as well as 1200 acres designated for future use.
The port is convenient to both rail and road transportation. Mississippi Highway 6 and Highway 25 as well as US-278 service the area. Several railroads serve Amory including BNSF, the Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway and the Mississippian Railway.
The Tennessee and Tombigbee Rivers were not originally connected. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Tenn-Tom Waterway at a cost of more than $2 billion. The waterway successfully extends the two rivers, providing a more direct path to the Gulf of Mexico. It greatly improved the region’s economy by offering a more cost-effective method of transportation to and from inland areas of Mississippi and Alabama.
The Tenn-Tom runs a total distance of 234 miles and includes ten locks and dams that control water flow throughout. The project was completed in 1984 after more than a decade of construction. The waterway provides a shallow pathway that is ideal for barge traffic. In 1988 a severe drought caused a halt to traffic on the Mississippi River. The new waterway provided an alternative that allowed the continuation of important transportation to continue.
It includes a system of tributaries that includes a large array of marinas and ports. A number of barge tow companies are located on the waterway providing services to companies and industries in the region. There are a total of 14 navigable rivers included in the system, making it accessible to a large number of locations.
The port caters mainly to barge traffic. While barges are important to the local and regional economy, they can be dangerous. Barge workers face difficult and hazardous situations. Accidents can occur on barge decks and docks, some of them causing serious injuries. If you were injured in a maritime accident, you may be protected by the Jones Act. Contact us today using the online form to learn more about how we can help.