Port of Gulfport Plans Big Renovations of West Pier

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Monday, the Port of Gulfport awarded a $63.3 million contract to Necaise Brothers Construction for the expansion and restoration of the port’s west pier.

Necaise Brothers was almost $400,000 over the apparent low bidder, W.C. Fore Trucking, but the Mississippi Port Authority awarded the contract to Necaise Brothers because the contractor complied with housing and urban development regulations, which required the hiring of low income workers. Necaise Brothers will install pavement, utilities, and a rail line on the west pier. Work on the project should begin mid-October and be complete in 16 to 18 months.

Jonathan Daniels, Executive Director and C.E.O. of the Mississippi Port Authority, says, “One is providing expanded facilities for existing tenants, but as well, it’s that next level of economic development and business development. We’ve had two new maritime tenants sign already. We’re still two and half years away from the terminal being done, but between Gulf Coast Shipyard and McDermott, we’ll begin their construction in mid-2015. We’re already seeing the fruits of this program already.”

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The larger port renovation project is expected to be complete in late 2016 or early 2017.