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Port of Gulfport Trying to Maximize 36-foot Channel Depth

Posted on November 23, 2015

By Steve Phillips, MSNews NOW

Earlier this year, a maintenance dredging project at the Port of Gulfport was completed that put the shipping channel at its authorized depth of 36 feet. But, what happened to those plans to deepen the channel to 45 feet or more?

Port director Jonathan Daniels said making maximum use of that 36 feet will still allow the port to accommodate larger vessels.

“We currently have $250 million worth of ongoing construction,” said Daniels, as he gave visitors a tour of the expanding port.

Visitors enjoyed the free tour of the Port of Gulfport while learning about the ongoing expansion and future capabilities.

“We handle about 200,000 TEU’s, 20-foot equivalents per year. That’s 100,000 40-foot containers,” said Daniels.


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