New Cranes for Port of Gulfport

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 20, 2016

Blessing of Cranes (Photo: Port of Gulfport)

Blessing of Cranes (Photo: Port of Gulfport)

The MSPA Board of Commissioners along with Gov. Phil Bryant and local officials marked the beginning of a new era today at the Port of Gulfport with the “Blessing of the Cranes” event.

The arrival of the cranes was a momentous milestone in the Port’s Restoration Project and the blessing celebrates the progress made on the West Pier and the individuals and organizations who have contributed to its overall success.

The three gantry cranes, which arrived in Gulfport this past March, were welcomed with much excitement and fanfare. At a total cost of $30 million, these cranes are a significant investment in the Port’s infrastructure and will enable the Port’s existing and future tenants to more efficiently service their vessels.

“The addition of the gantry cranes represent an important milestone toward the completion of the restoration project at the Port of Gulfport,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “The cranes will benefit the port’s tenants for years to come and help attract new businesse and generate new investment.”

As the Port further diversifies its tenant base, the cranes will not only be able to accommodate the Port’s container customers but also handle bulk and break-bulk cargo providing more opportunities for longshoremen hours.

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