Vessels in port
Yilport to invest in Port of Gulfport, Mississippi
Yilport Holding will invest in facilities and equipment upgrades at the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi as part of a lease agreement with the Mississippi State Port Authority.
Chiquita reverses course, will return to Port of Gulfport
Chiquita Fresh North America LLC issued a release to the Mississippi Business Journal on Tuesday saying it will leave the Port of New Orleans and return to the Port of Gulfport next month. The release was short on details. At stake, according to earlier published reports, are about 350 jobs. Chiquita President and Chief Executive Andrew Biles said in the release: “We are pleased to return our port operations to Gulfport where our Chiquita ripening and distribution facilities are located. We believe that Gulfport is optimally situated to service our customers most efficiently with both North and Southbound vessel services.” Television station WLOX of Biloxi reported Tuesday night that the Mississippi State Port Commission approved late Tuesday afternoon a 40-year lease to bring Chiquita cargo ships back to the port.
Gulfport's three new gantry cranes arriving
State port commissioners and staff peered out the window of their 14th-floor conference room Thursday, trying to spot three enormous gantry cranes headed to shore this morning. The ship carrying the cranes moored Thursday off Ship Island for a U.S. Coast Guard inspection and must wait for sunrise to sail ashore. Port director Jonathan Daniels expects their arrival about 9 a.m., after a two-month voyage from China, where heavy equipment manufacturer ZPMC built them at a cost of $30 million. When the booms are raised, the cranes will stand 300 feet tall. Each crane includes 300 LED lights 24-hour operation. They should be unloaded by midweek and will undergo testing over the next two months. Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/harrison-county/article66778092.html#storylink=cpyUpload News