The Port of Gulfport is a bustling port strategically located on the Gulf of Mexico in Gulfport, Mississippi with easy access to open ocean waters via a short 18-mile ship channel that is maintained at 11 meters of depth. The Port of Gulfport is ideal for ocean freight carriers serving Mexico, the Caribbean, and especially Central and South America. The Port is also within close proximity of the major East/West corridor of Interstate 10 and has direct on-dock rail service provided by the Kansas City Southern Railway.
Over the past two years, the Port’s business development and diversification efforts are making significant strides toward the goal of positioning the Port of Gulfport as an important economic catalyst for the surrounding community and the region. The Port of Gulfport currently has eight maritime tenants including Dole Food Company, Crowley Maritime Corporation, Chemours, Chiquita Fresh North America, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc., McDermott International, Inc., Topship, LLC, and The University of Southern Mississippi. The Port also has one non-maritime tenant, Island View Casino Resort.
A $570 million Restoration Project is currently underway and the Port has made significant progress toward expanding its footprint and moving firmly into the vertical phase of construction. This multifaceted project paves the way for dynamic new economic opportunities for the port, for businesses, and for the community. With the completion of an 84-acre addition, the Port of Gulfport now spans 300 acres. The comprehensive restoration program includes the construction of wharfs, terminals, container storage, cranes, and intermodal container transfer facilities. Construction is expected to be completed towards the end of 2017 and is funded by a Community Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.