Port of Rosedale
The Port of Rosedale is on the Mississippi River, at river mile 585, in the city of Rosedale and near the Arkansas River. Consisting of three tracts of land that are 12 to 15 acres apiece, Rosedale supports barge loading and unloading, barge staging, towing, and fleeting and is situated on a 3.3-mile-long slack-water harbor. In addition, dry bulk transloading, stevedoring, and boat repairs are supported. There is also warehousing, open air storage, and truck scales.
In 2010, the port handled 1,452,391 tons of domestic freight, ranking it as #119 in the U.S.
Docking facilities include a general cargo dock and two bulk docks, each with inbound and outbound loading conveyors. From here, cargo can be loaded on barges and trucks or to the storage facilities on the site. The infrastructure on the premises includes:
- General cargo dock supporting the handling of coil steel and rod, cottonseed, and cottonseed hulls.
- Truck-to-barge loading dock for grain, rice, corn, soybeans, and other types of dry bulk.
- Unloading dock for moving aggregates such as sandstone and limestone; dry bulk materials such as fertilizer are shipped through here as well.
Other amenities at Rosedale
- Three 30,000-pound forklifts and two 10,000 pound forklifts
- 150-ton crawler crane
- Truck scales certified by the Department of Agriculture and Commerce
- Warehouse (20,000 square feet) with humidity control and cargo dock on north and south sides
- All-weather concrete paved roads
The port affords access to the Gulf of Mexico via New Orleans, and to the Arkansas River Navigation System up to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa in Oklahoma. It has access to Mississippi state roads 1 and 8, while I-55 is 75 miles away. A proposal for a new interstate would bring highway access to within 15 miles of the port.
Major hazards at developing ports include transportation incidents. Many facilities don’t have the traffic lights and signs that public roads do, so drivers are sometimes not aware of where they should be or what the safest speed is. Pedestrians often walk where vehicles are present, including automobiles, trucks, tractors, and forklifts. There’s also the concern of unsafe or unmaintained equipment including brakes, suspensions, and cargo handling attachments.
Loading and unloading cargo comes with many hazards. Incorrectly secured fittings and fixtures are a concern, and unstable cargo can come loose, topple, or fall onto unsuspecting workers. Employees are also at risk when mooring vessels to docks, and when the weather is wet or icy. In fact, the injury risk ranges from inattention and negligence to fatigue and slipping and tripping over loose equipment or on a slick surface. This often happens on docks, where people fall into the water and potentially drown, or from elevated locations. Injuries range from lacerations to broken bones, with major head, neck, back, shoulder, and limb injuries possible.
If you’ve sustained a workplace injury at this port in Mississippi, contact us via the online form on our website, and we’ll be glad to answer any questions.