Port of Pascagoula, state’s busiest port, keeps a low profile

While the state Port of Gulfport makes headlines, the Port of Pascagoula’s $20 million-a-year operation just keeps chugging along.

Mark McAndrews, port director since 2001, has been at the helm as the port weathered hurricanes, changes in global markets and a national recession.

Despite all that, it moves more than 38 million tons of cargo a year, and supports 19,000 direct jobs on the waterways and 37,500 indirect jobs at more than a dozen major companies and agencies.

As the busiest port in Mississippi, it consistently ranks in the nation’s top 20 ports. In 2011, the Pascagoula port ranked 17th out of 149 ports in cargo volume.

Sun Herald