US$55.8 million project to replace the port's west pier wharf commences nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina
Construction works on a new wharf face for the west pier at the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, will begin today as the port continues in its restoration efforts after being virtually destroyed by Hurricane Katrina nearly a decade ago.
A $55.8 million contract to rebuild the west pier wharf was awarded to Hattiesburg-based firm L&A Contracting last month. The restoration of the wharf will enable the port to install a number of new all-electric rail mounted gantry cranes, which will replace the port’s two diesel operated cranes, according to the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA).
As part of the 910-day contact, L&A Contracting will demolish the majority of the 3,000-foot pier before driving around 690 pilings and erecting an entire new wharf face.
The project will be completed in three phases, so as not to disturb daily operations at the Mississippi port, and will require a workforce of 20 individuals during the early stages of development before growing to as many as 50 workers in the third and final phase.