The D. John is one of two new drydocks designed and built by Mississippi Marine for its own use.

Mississippi Marine Adds Two 4,000-Ton Drydocks

Coinciding with its golden anniversary, Mississippi Marine Corporation, the well-known, full-service shipyard located at Greenville, Miss., Lower Mississippi River Mile 538.7 on lower Lake Ferguson, has announced the recent completion and launch of the second of two new 4,000-ton drydocks. Speaking of the new equipment, Vice President Bob Jones said, “We are excited to make these drydocks available, particularly on our 50-year anniversary.

“We named the first one ‘D. John’ after the late D. John Nichols, who owned Mississippi Marine Corporation until his death in 2018. Mr. Nichols was and is, belatedly, a very highly respected man in the towing industry,” Jones said.

The other new drydock is unnamed.

The new drydocks both measure 240 feet by 74 feet with a clear span of 64 feet between the wingwalls. They were designed and built by Mississippi Marine Corporation at one of the shipyard’s three Greenville locations. Mississippi Marine also operates four other drydocks, in addition to the new 4,000-ton drydocks. They range from 1,800 to 3,600 tons in capacity. Spread throughout the three yards, there are five floating cranes and three harbor boats.

“Complementing our drydocking and repair services, we also offer bilge cleaning, tank barge cleaning, gas freeing, blasting and painting, anhydrous ammonia flaring, full-service machine shop services and new construction,” Jones said.