New Gantry Cranes Being put into Place
With every day, the Port of Gulfport’s new gantry cranes are one step closer to transforming how the port does business.
A little over a week ago, the ships carrying the cranes from China docked in Gulfport. As of today, all three cranes are unloaded and in their locked positions. Port officials say the process of getting the cranes operational takes about 45 to 60 days. During that time, port workers will be bolting in the final parts of the crane as well as training the men and women that will be operating them when they are ready.
The process of getting the cranes to the Coast and working hasn’t been easy but Governor Phil Bryant says it takes our port to the next level. “We had to get those gantry cranes. If you’re going to have a port that will compete internationally, those 100 ton cranes were necessary. We’ve got three of the largest cranes in the world. Now, we’re going to be an international port and export facility there. We’ll have some other announcements about businesses coming there in the very near future.”
The Port of Gulfport has a blessing of the crane ceremony set for May 19th.