GULFPORT, Miss.- Saying goodbye to Chiquita and hello to new tenant McDermott International. McDermott announced Monday they were moving into the Port of Gulfport.
McDermott International is an energy, construction, and installation firm focused on the oil and gas recovery sector. The project will create 100 full-time jobs in addition to the longshoremen that will be employed while vessels are at the port.
The company expects to begin operations at the port in late 2015. The company’s tenant lease is for 10-years and includes options for three 10-year extensions.
”I am proud to welcome McDermott International as the newest tenant of the Port of Gulfport and the newest business partner to the state of Mississippi. This announcement is one of many recent positive accomplishments of the Port Restoration Project, and we are proud to include McDermott in our progress. The Port of Gulfport is an important economic driver for south Mississippi, and the investments we are making today will position the region for growth for years to come,” said Governor Phil Bryant.
Chiquita announced last week it was moving its banana importing business to New Orleans after nearly 40 years in Gulfport.