GULFPORT— The Board of Commissioners for the Mississippi State Port Authority has approved the purchase for $32 million a Huntington Ingalls Gulfport facility located about five miles inland. The acquisition is part of a long-range plan to develop an inland port as an extension of the Port of Gulfport, the authority said Friday in a news release.
The 116-acre location will increase capacity for the port, including adding rail access, and barge connections. The purchase includes manufacturing equipment.
A tenant is already signed up for the property that Huntington Ingalls closed as a shipyard in 2013, according to the Biloxi Sun-Herald.
Topship LLC, an affiliate of Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore, has signed a 40-year lease on the acreage, the Sun-Herald reports.
Jobs at Topship will count toward a federal requirement that the port create 1,300 jobs in exchange for $580 million in post-Hurricane Katrina funding for restoration and expansion on the Mississippi Sound.
“Today is another significant step in progress as we continue to position the Port of Gulfport to successfully recruit companies to Mississippi to create high-quality jobs in the Gulf Coast Region,” said Jonathan Daniels, authority executive director.
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