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If you or a loved one has been injured at the Lowndes County Port or while working on a barge, crew boat or other vessel traveling to or from this port, we can help. The offshore injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have considerable experience in the field of maritime law. Our familiarity with the Jones Act and other special maritime worker protections allow us to represent the injured effectively and thoroughly.

We can determine which laws apply to your case in order to help you seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, room and board, and possibly much more. You may even be entitled to monetary damages for emotional trauma or punitive damages in a case where extreme negligence or criminal misconduct was involved.

Our team of attorneys has recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for the injured.

We have fought against some of the largest oil companies in the U.S.—and the world—and won considerable verdicts or negotiated fair settlements for our clients. Our commitment to client service enables us to bring injured maritime workers and their families peace of mind during these otherwise difficult times. Want to find out more about how we can help you? Feel free to call (888) 346-5024 for your free consultation.

What You Need to Know About the Port

Lowndes County Port, Mississippi is an intermodal facility with the capability to move cargo among barges, railroad cars, and trucks. The port is located within the Riverside Industrial Park on an island between the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and the Tombigbee River in Columbus, Mississippi.

Facilities at the Lowndes County Port include:

  • Dock and mooring cells
  • A 100-ton crawler crane
  • A 40-ton overhead bridge crane with a covered 2-barge-berth unloading dock
  • A conveyor
  • A bulk hopper
  • Rail and truck scales
  • A 68,000-square-foot warehouse
  • An outdoor storage area with an asphalt surface

The port's main use is barge-truck-rail transfer of general commodities. Private terminals within the port are operated by Southern Ionics for the receipt of liquid caustic soda, and Southern Wood Fibre for the shipment of wood chips. The rail connection is provided by a rail spur which connects to Burlington Northern and Norfolk Southern Railways. Major area highways include US-45, US-82, MS-2, MS-50, MS-69 and MS-182. The Golden Triangle Regional Airport serves the residents and industry in the area.

New Bridge Construction Near the Port

Construction of two new bridges in Columbus, west of the Lowndes County Port, began in 2010. These bridges will have 88,000-pound loads, as opposed to the old bridges, which had a 57,000-pound capacity. Since the Lowndes County Port is the only port in Mississippi operating on both sides of a major river, the higher capacity bridges will be a boon to the port. However, as the area grows in capacity, so will its risk factors to workers.

Lowndes County is in northeast Mississippi 10 miles west of the Alabama state line. The county is home to Columbus Air Force Base, located five miles north of the city of Columbus, the county seat. CAFB is one of only four Air Force pilot training facilities in the United States. The small cities of Columbus, West Point, and Starkville on Mississippi's eastern border make up the region known locally as the Golden Triangle. The three cities work together for promotions, capitalizing on the rich diversity of activities and attractions available in this small geographic area.

Lowndes County Port, Mississippi is one of six publicly owned ports on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The five other ports are Yellow Creek Port, Port Itawamba, Port of Amory, Port of Aberdeen and Clay County Port. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is a 234-mile-long inland waterway, providing both navigation and recreation.

Construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in the northeastern portion of Mississippi created a direct, navigable waterway for barge traffic serving the inland region by connecting the Tennessee River with the Gulf of Mexico. The inland ports primarily handle general and bulk cargo.

The waterway has a variety of recreation facilities providing unlimited opportunities for boating, skiing, hunting, and fishing enthusiasts. Columbus Lake, formed by the 27-foot lift John C. Stennis Lock and Dam, is approximately 2 miles north of Columbus. The dam was formerly called the Columbus Dam, but it was re-named in honor of Senator John C. Stennis from Mississippi. Columbus Lake offers 9,000 acres of fresh water for fishing and water sports.

Attorney for Offshore Injuries

If you're in need of an offshore injury attorney serving Lowndes County, you have come to the right place. At Arnold & Itkin, we realize that you have already endured a traumatic experience. We are here to offer you the support and legal representation you need at this juncture in order to ease your burden.

Our legal team can handle virtually any type of maritime claim, whether you qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act, are entitled to benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act or Death on the High Seas Act, or have a wrongful death claim related to the loss of a loved one. We can handle cases related to catastrophic offshore injuries. It is important to remember that you may be entitled to compensation—it is just a matter of determining what type of claim you have and what party is accountable.

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