The Port of Gulfport is a container, bulk, and break-bulk seaport whose facilities
encompass 250 acres, has nearly 6,000 feet of berthing space across 10 vessel berths (ranging from 525 to 750 feet in length), approximately 110 acres of open storage space, and 400,000 square feet of covered warehouse space. There is a specialized ramp built for roll on, roll vessels, and the Port is equipped with two 100-ton capacity mobile harbor cranes that it owns.
Open storage areas, used principally for dry container and refrigerated container storage, are provided on both the North Harbor and the West Pier. These open areas are operated as container on-chassis storage facilities. Approximately 110 acres of total open storage is currently available at the Port.
The Port handles more than two million tons of cargo a year, shipping in excess of 200,000 TEUs. The Port is the second largest importer of green fruit in the United States and the third busiest container port located directly on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
The Port of Gulfport’s navigation channel is approximately 16 miles long, extending northward from vessel anchorage within the Gulf of Mexico. The channel is approximately 300 feet wide north and 400 feet wide south of the barrier islands and is federally mandated to a depth of 36 feet. The Port’s harbor is divided into two harbor areas: North Harbor, which is maintained to a depth of 32 feet, and South Harbor, which contains the Port’s turning basin and is maintained to a depth of 36 feet.
Interstate I-10 is located approximately five miles north of the Port. Class 1 rail service with high-speed, double stack capability is provided by Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS). CSX Corporation can access the Port via KCS’ line. The Port also offers convenient access to inland locations adjacent to the Mississippi River.
In terms of security, the Port of Gulfport is under the jurisdiction of the Captain of the Port Mobile District, and contracts its gate security services to a local, private contractor.