Intermodal Shallow Barge Dock Opens in Mississippi

Intermodal Shallow Barge Dock Opens in Mississippi

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Mississippi officers celebrated a brand new maritime dock and railroad facility with improved truck entry roads at Port Bienville on the Gulf of Mexico’s Intracoastal Waterway.

The funds stemmed from the federal Assets and Ecosystems Sustainability, Vacationer Alternatives, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) of the Gulf Coast States Act.

Gov. Tate Reeves, U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo and different officers gathered Oct. 18 in Hancock County for a ribbon-cutting at RESTORE Dock within the shallow draft barge port positioned in an industrial park.

Some 480,000 tons of products are transported yearly by means of Port Bienville’s private and non-private docks. Connecting Port Bienville to CSX, Port Bienville Railroad processes over 8,000 loaded railcars yearly over its 17 miles of observe.

Port Bienville is on the northern Gulf of Mexico, 3 miles upstream from a bayou confluence with the East Pearl River. It has entry to U.S. Route 90 and is about 12 miles from Interstate 10 and a rail hyperlink to CSX at Ansley, Miss.

The dock is a part of a 35-acre parcel on a 12-foot-deep industrial canal at Port Bienville. The intermodal facility can help transload operations, bulk materials dealing with, liquid switch and warehousing for imports and exports.

Port Bienville (Mississippi Division of Transportation)

Calling the dock a priceless addition to the county’s, Reeves stated it is going to strengthen Mississippi’s provide chain and result in extra financial alternatives within the state.

“This venture will assist in bringing additional financial development alternatives to the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Palazzo famous.

A $7.4 million grant from the RESTORE of the Gulf Coast States Act funded a lot of the $8.7 million venture. The rest was paid for by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Fee ($870,000) and the Mississippi Division of Environmental High quality ($510,000).


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Funding was used to enhance entry roads for vans and construct two Port Bienville Shortline Railroad observe extensions to serve the dock with rail-to-barge intermodal operations.

The venture featured a 600-foot bulkhead with a 40-foot apron to accommodate loading/unloading at three barges. A 250-foot crushed stone laydown yard extends from the apron for operations and storage.

“Due to the help of federal, state and native companions, this infrastructure funding will help enterprise operations and continued development of our maritime enterprise,” stated Invoice Cotter, port and harbor fee CEO.

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