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.
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.
All guests must enter the Port of Gulfport at the Copa
Blvd. entrance. 1000 Copa BLVD. Additional details can
be found on RSVP site.
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
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 private investments completed
Saw more than 11,000 railcars coming through the Port — the highest volume on record
Has seen 329 deep-draft vessels docked at the Port; this is a 31% increase