Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McAnally, William

Committee Member

Saucier, Christopher

Committee Member

Martin, James

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


The purpose of this work, which is designed for the Port of Pascagoula, is to locate sedimentation problems, identify sediment characteristics, and devise a method to decrease the port’s dredging costs. In order to understand what sediment problems are typical of the Port of Pascagoula the characteristics that are associated with sediment transportation in the port’s harbors are examined. This examination consists of a field investigation followed by an extensive evaluation of the data. Once the characteristics that are unique to the harbors are identified, potential solutions are examined. These potential solutions are evaluated until a feasible and efficient plan is devised to reduce the ports dependency on dredging. Recommendations include agitation, a fluid mud trap, and the practice of active nautical depth. Each of these solutions would allow the port to reduce its dredge costs.



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