Specialty shipbuilder and supply company Gulf Ship—an Edison Chouest Offshore company—is expanding in Gulfport to fulfill a new contract for tugboats to service offshore oil operations.
The project will create more than 200 new jobs, according to the Mississippi Development Authority.
Gulf Ship is a 38-acre shipyard founded in Gulfport in 2006. The company uses the shipyard primarily for the construction and upkeep of tractor tugboats and platform supply vessels. Gulf Ship 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.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for improvements to the launching system and waterfront area.
Gulf Ship has been recognized by Harrison County and the state of Mississippi for its positive economic impact on the region following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. One of Edison Chouest Offshore’s shipbuilding facilities, Gulf Ship is equipped to accommodate a wide range of new construction projects, as well as repairs, conversions and refits. Edison Chouest Offshore is based in Cut Off.