The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) says that Edison Chouest Offshore’s Gulf Ship shipyard is expanding in Gulfport, Miss., to fulfill a new contract for world-class tugboats.
MDA says the project will create more than 200 new jobs and that it is is providing assistance for improvements to the launching system and waterfront area.
The Sun Herald newspaper reports that the MDA grant funding is in an amount worth up to to $900,000.
“For the second time in less than a month, Mississippi is leading in the nation’s shipbuilding and maritime industries, as Gulf Ship plans to create hundreds of new jobs to fulfill a contract for state-of-the-art tugboats that will service offshore oil operations. That’s hundreds of Mississipians now able to provide for themselves and their families while boosting our Gulf Coast economy thanks to these skilled, good-paying jobs,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said. “We are grateful for our partnership with the Edison Chouest team and are excited for the continued success of Gulf Ship and its skilled workers in Harrison County.”
Gulf Ship is a 38-acre shipyard founded in Gulfport in 2006. It will retrofit a portion of its facility and make improvements to the boat launching system and waterfront area. The launching system and waterfront area are leased by Gulf Ship from the Harrison County Development Commission.
Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit chouest.com/employment regularly for a list of Gulf Ship’s job openings, says MDA.