JANUARY 18, 2014 — Gulfport, MS, headquartered Gulf Coast Shipyard Group has leased space at the Port of Gulfport, to complete the series of LNG fueled platform supply vessels that it is building for Harvey Gulf International Marine.
The shipbuilder will utilize 15,000 square feet of warehouse space and 400 linear feet of dock space on the Port's East Pier. Lease terms are for three years with three one-year options for renewal beginning March 1, 2014.
"We envision having 20-70 workers on the Port while completing each vessel," says John Dane III, president of Gulf Coast Shipyard Group. "These will be trade jobs – painters, electricians, carpenters,mechanics – some of whom will be Gulf Coast Shipyard employees and some of whom will be employed by our subcontractors and suppliers."
Gulf Coast Shipyard Group has a contract to build six 302 ft x64 ft x24.5 ft dual fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered platform supply vessels for New Orleans based Harvey Gulf International Marine, with options for an additional four vessels
Gulf Coast Shipyard expects the first vessel to be at the Port of Gulfport in mid-March.
"We're excited about doing business with Gulf Coast Shipyard Group and welcome the new business opportunities and jobs they will bring to the Port of Gulfport," said Jonathan Daniels, executive director and CEO of the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA).
"We are pleased to work with the Port of Gulfport and grow our business in Mississippi," said John Dane. "We've worked together in the past on a smaller scale and look forward to this expanded relationship."