Busiest Ports In Mississippi
Mississippi has a total of 16 ports situated on the shores of the Mississippi River, Tombigbee and Tennessee River Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico. These ports generate about $1.4 billion for the local economy and contribute to approximately 34 thousand jobs in the state. Some of the high-traffic ports include:
Port Bienville Industrial Park
Port Bienville Industrial Park is located at the southernmost county in Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico and near the Louisiana border. This park is owned and operated by the Hancock County Development Commission and contains 18 different industries, which handle dry bulk commodities, heavy-lift cargoes, limestone, coal, steel, and other products.
Also located on the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Port is operated by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (DOT). These facilities contain two commercial docks, two recreational marinas, and various piers, boat ramps, fishing bridges, and boat launches throughout Biloxi. Cargoes transported through this port primarily include seafood, coal, sand, soil, gravel, rock, stone, and other miscellaneous cargoes.
Port of Greenville
The Port of Greenville is located on the Mississippi River and is under the authority of the Mississippi DOT’s Office of Intermodal Planning. Facilities include a wharf-type double pier, covered overhead bridge crane, a bridge crane with two hooks and a 30-ton lift capacity, and adjacent dock with a Senbogan 835 crane.
Maritime services at this port include barge loading/unloading, harbor and fleeting services, marine dry-dock and repair, open yard hardstand storage, warehousing, all-weather transloading, and truck scales.
Bulk cargoes that move through this port include fertilizer, wheat, rice, corn, ingredients for grain feed, potash, and scrap.
Port of Gulfport
The Port of Gulfport is located on the Gulf of Mexico and handles container, bulk, and break-bulk cargoes both international and domestic. In total, the port processes an average of 2.2 million tons of cargo. This port is the third largest major container seaport on the Gulf of Mexico and the second largest importer of green fruit in the nation.
Port of Pascagoula
Operated by the Jackson County Port Authority Board of Commissioners, this port on the Gulf of Mexico deals in a variety of cargoes and also offers several ship repair facilities for all types of vessels.
The main exports moving through this port include:
- Forest and paper products
- General cargo
- Frozen foods
- Project Cargo
- Petroleum products
Port of Vicksburg
The Port of Vicksburg is a major hub of the Mississippi state economy, with 21 businesses and industries employing more than four thousand workers at the port. The port imports and exports between 800 thousand and 900 thousand tons of cargo each year.
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