The Port of Gulfport Restoration Celebration: Anchored for the Future

On December 1, come celebrate an important milestone for the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport: the $570 million Port restoration and expansion project.

The Restoration Celebration ceremony, open to the public, begins at 10 a.m. with remarks by port officials and dignitaries and will be followed by free tours, refreshments and tenant information booths.

Notice: Due to inclement weather entering the area on Saturday, the event has been moved to one of the Port's warehouses. All registered guests must enter at the Copa Blvd. entrance. There will be port security personnel located at the entrance to direct you to the parking lot. Guests will then be transported by bus to the warehouse for the event.

Due to security reasons, RSVPs are required to enter the Port property for the event. CTA shuttles will be available to transport guests to event activities.

Questions about the Restoration Celebration? Call the Port offices at (228) 865-4300.

Port Event Parking

All guests must enter the Port of Gulfport at the Copa
Blvd. entrance. 1000 Copa BLVD. Additional details can
be found on RSVP site.


An Investment in the Gulf Coast

The completion of the construction phase of the restoration project positions the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport for long-term success. Funding came from an investment in federal money made available by Congress through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development following Hurricane Katrina.

The innovative decision to invest in the Port of Gulfport after the storm has expanded the Port’s footprint as well as attracted new tenants and private investments. Workforce training programs and community outreach efforts will aid in developing job skills for the Gulf Coast workforce.

Thanks to the project, infrastructure has been upgraded and the 300 acres of port property have been elevated 14 feet to protect it from future storm surge. State-of-the-art tenant facilities have been constructed, with more new tenants and capital investments on the way.

The investments made at the Port have also shined a light on the Port’s cargo handling capabilities, especially when it comes to supporting the military as one of the 17 strategic seaports in the nation.

This key gateway for international trade is quickly becoming a microcosm of South Mississippi’s economy, with tenants involved in tourism, manufacturing, education and cargo operations. Together, they are making the Port of Gulfport one of the most diversified ports in the industry.

Received a record-breaking 2,533,137 tons of cargo in 2017 — a 28 percent increase over 2016

Port Facts

With the completion of the restoration and expansion project, the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport:

Saw 103,017 total additional man-hours logged in 2017, over 2016, by the International Longshoremen’s Union #1303

Has 557 new certified jobs created to date; 43% of the 1,300 job goal to be met by 2022

Has cargo handling capabilities that support the military as one of the 17 strategic seaports in the nation

Reported $218 million in new tenant investments completed

In 2017, we saw more than 11,000 railcars coming through the Port — the highest volume on record


In 2017, we saw 329 deep-draft vessels docked at the Port; this is a 31% increase

Port Footprint Map