ABOUT THE PORT OF GULFPORT
The Port of Gulfport is a deep water, international seaport with more than 100 trading partners worldwide. The Port handles approximately 250 vessels, as well as more than 2.5 million tons and 225,000 TEU’s annually. The strategic location of the Port of Gulfport allows trucking companies to distribute products to 75% of the U.S. markets within 24 hours.
The Port of Gulfport is located 18 miles from the sea buoy, which translates into a short two hour transit to the dock from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Port is in close proximity to the Gulf Inter-coastal Waterway, so it easily accommodates barge traffic as well as large, ocean-going vessels. The Port’s channel is 300 feet wide and has a federally authorized depth of 36 feet. The Port’s channel is maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers, who recently completed a full operations and maintenance program to dredge the channel back to authorized depth.
The Port is ranked as the third busiest container port in the U.S. Gulf. The Port is currently a key gateway for Central America and is preparing to handle potential, future growth with South America, the Caribbean, the Far East and Europe.
The Port of Gulfport is also a Strategic Port, as designated by the DOD, and serves as one of only 17 such ports in the entire US.
PORT OF GULFPORT CUSTOMERS
The Port of Gulfport is the second largest importer of green fruit in the U.S. and serves as the primary U.S. Gulf import and distribution center for both Dole and Chiquita. Additional Port customers include Crowley, Chemours, McDermott International, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, TopShip and The University of Southern Mississippi. Most recently, the Port signed a new long-term lease with Houston based SeaOne, which will produce and export Compressed Gas Liquid.
Major imports include finished apparel, ilmenite ore, crushed limestone and general container cargo.
Main exports include linerboard, fabric, general container cargo, project cargo and rolling stock. In addition to commercial cargo and oil/gas support operations, Port property plays host to Island View’s Beach Tower Hotel.
The Port of Gulfport is fully engaged in the construction phase of a $570 million restoration and improvement program, which is scheduled to be substantially complete by early 2018. This program provides overall improvement and expansion of Port infrastructure, which provides state-of-the-art container terminals for existing tenants, allowing them the opportunity to expand capacity and business development activities. The project also allows for an on-dock rail yard and an efficient interface with off-dock rail and roadways. The program will restore the Port to its competitive position in the maritime marketplace and provide for new jobs.