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Governor Tate Reeves, local officials cut ribbon on new dock at Port Bienville

By: Anne Summerhays - October 12, 2022

The RESTORE Dock will help strengthen Mississippi’s supply chains and lead to more economic opportunities for Mississippians.

On Wednesday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves joined U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo, local officials, and industry representatives at Port Bienville Industrial Park in Hancock County for a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new maritime dock and railroad facility.

The $8.8 million project, known as the RESTORE Dock, includes: 

  • A 600-foot bulkhead with a 40-foot apron which can accommodate three barges for loading and unloading. 
  • A 250-foot crushed stone laydown yard extends from the apron for operations and storage.
  • Two Port Bienville Shortline Railroad track extensions to serve the dock with rail-to-barge intermodal operations.

The project was funded by a $7.4 million RESTORE Act grant in 2017. 

An additional $510,000 in funding came from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s GOMESA program. HCPHC contributed the remaining $870,000.

Governor Reeves said the RESTORE Dock is another valuable addition to Hancock County’s infrastructure.

“It will help strengthen our state’s supply chains and lead to more economic opportunities for Mississippians,” Reeves added. “I’m grateful for the hard work of all our partners in bringing this important project to completion.”

Congressman Palazzo said Port Bienville‘s RESTORE Dock project is another shining example of putting the funding received through the RESTORE and GOMESA legislation to good use.

“This project will aid in bringing further economic growth opportunities to the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Palazzo continued. “I commend the Hancock Port and Harbor commission for their stalwart commitment to growing the coast’s maritime business.”

Bill Cotter, Chief Executive Officer at the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, expressed his gratitude for the support of federal, state and local partners.

“This infrastructure investment will support business operations and continued growth of our maritime business,” Cotter said. 

The construction project was awarded to Gill’s Crane and Dozer Service, Inc., of Slidell, for $7.4 million. Notice to proceed work was issued in May 2021.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: