Port of Vicksburg
Located in Warren County, Mississippi, the Port of Vicksburg is at river mile 436 (in a slack water harbor), at the mouth of the Yazoo River, and designated as a Foreign Trade Zone and Port of Entry. A U.S. Customs Service operates here. It is 280 nautical miles upriver from the Port of New Orleans. Ranking #82 in the nation in 2010, Vicksburg handled 3,350,189 tons of cargo and handles a total of 14 million tons of freight every year. About 800 to 900 thousand tons of cargo are exported annually. The nearly 136-acre port has a 9,550-foot harbor channel that is 300 feet wide at its minimum, and 12 feet deep.
Multi-modal services are supported at Vicksburg, and loading and unloading operations can be conducted in all weather conditions. The facility includes two overhead cranes (15-tons each) and a single 15-ton crane. Its Terminal Wharf has 360 feet of berthing, plus 30,500 square feet of paved surfaces. At its rear, unpaved open storage totals 4.5 acres. There are four storage warehouses as well.
In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has two wharves; the Delta Point Casting Field for loading precast concrete and District Supply Base Mooring for floating vessels owned by the government. The Corps maintains two other mooring spaces at the southern end of the harbor. Also, the U.S. Coast Guard moors the Cutter Kickapoo at the port where there is a 300-foot berthing distance.
Vicksburg also has a T-dock, direct dump ramp, palletized load handling, and direct barge loading. A transportation connection to US-61 is available, and the facility is 12 miles from I-20. It’s near the only rail crossing of the Mississippi River in the state. A rail and road loop allows cargo to be moved from barge to truck to rail as needed.
A shipping center for agricultural products, and manufactured goods such as wood, metal, and light fixtures, it is also a tourist destination. Major gambling casinos are located nearby.
Port Safety Hazards
Hazards at major transportation hubs like maritime ports come from the interaction of various types of vehicles. Trucks, cargo handling equipment, and even automobiles interact. If major train lines pass through a facility, then drivers and operators must pay careful attention to the signaling and signs available. At some ports, the traffic controls are inadequate, further exacerbating the dangers.
The risk of injury is high where lifting operations take place. Improperly operated cranes and winches, and equipment failures can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. A lack of maintenance is often the reason, but one can never be completely certain heavy equipment will never fail. Exposure to toxic and flammable chemicals, broken mooring lines, and slick surfaces are other risks. Any worker who falls on a flat surface, from heights, or off a dock can be at risk for severe injuries. Plus, there is the danger of physically demanding work for many hours straight, which raises the chances of fatigue-related incidents.
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