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Leake County has access to some of the most vital ports and waterways in the United States.


Port of Vicksburg

Only 96 miles from the mighty Mississippi River, businesses in Leake County have access to a major waterway through the Port of Vicksburg. The port is a United States Customs port of entry and a designated general purpose foreign-trade zone. The port consists of a slack water channel 9,500 feet in length and 300 feet wide with 12 feet minimum depth. Vicksburg Harbor is connected to the Mississippi River by a 4,800-foot long channel maintained at 150 feet wide and 12 feet deep.


Facilities at the port include a 15-ton bridge crane and a T-dock equipped with a 125-ton crane; 129,000 square feet of insured and sprinkled space and open concrete slab storage; and, rail and road loop, allowing direct loading and unloading from barge to truck to rail. One of the most outstanding features of the port is the LASH program. This program enables a barge to be sealed for international travel in Vicksburg and transferred directly to New Orleans where the barge is then loaded, with products still sealed. Ten barge lines service the Port of Vicksburg year-round without seasonal limitations.


The port is accessible from US Highway 61, which intersects with Interstate 20 six miles away. The site is also within a Commercial Trucking Zone and is served by 21 truck lines. In 2002, the port began a $1.2 million expansion that included additions such as a 30-40 ton crane and extension of a rail spur that runs behind the port to allow rail cars to also load and unload up front.


Tenn-Tom Waterway (Lowndes County Port)

The Lowndes County Port, 90 miles from Leake County,  is an inter-modal facility with the capability to move cargo between barge, railcar and truck.  The public terminal is operated by Logistic Services, Inc. and occupies approximately eighteen acres. A partial listing of facilities is as follows:
* 68,000 sq. ft. warehouse
* Covered dock with 40 ton bridge crane
* Open dock with 100 ton tracked crane
* Bulk conveyor and dump hopper
* Rail and truck scales
* Track mobile and lift trucks
* Container truck marshaling yard

Land Access:
* 3 miles to US Highway 82, a 4-lane built to interstate standards.
* 10 miles to U.S. Highway 45, also a 4-lane built to interstate standards.

Water Access:
* Mean depth of channel = 9 ft.
* Turning basin - 200 ft. max. Length by 120 ft. max. Width

Port of Gulfport

The Port of Gulfport is only 190 miles from Leake County. Hailed as “the most accessible, cost efficient, deep water Port on the Gulf of Mexico,” businesses in Leake County have easy access to ship to anywhere in the world through Gulfport. The Port of Gulfport was established in 1902 as a deep water port located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 16 miles from the Sea Buoy. Access to the Port is provided by a short, 16 mile shipping channel which extends northward from vessel anchorage just south of Ship Island. All piers at the Port of Gulfport are public, however, most facilities are operated through leases, operating agreements or space assignment agreements with private operators or users. Through the development of a world-class deep-water port on the Gulf of Mexico with direct access to sea-lanes, air, rail, and interstate highways, the Mississippi Coast is fast becoming a leader in international trade. The Mississippi State Port at Gulfport moves over 2.3 million tons of cargo annually.


Port of New Orleans

Located 3 hours to the south of Leake County is the Port of New Orleans. Ideally located at the mouth of Mississippi River, the Port of New Orleans is America’s gateway to the global market. New Orleans has been a center for international trade since 1718 when it when it was founded by the French. Today, the Port of New Orleans is at the center of the world’s busiest port complex — Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi River.


Its proximity to the American Midwest via a 14,500-mile inland waterway system makes New Orleans the port of choice for the movement of cargoes such as steel, grain, containers and manufactured goods. The Port of New Orleans is the only deepwater port in the United States served by six class one railroads. This gives port users direct and economical rail service to or from anywhere in the country. New Orleans is one of America’s leading general cargo ports.


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