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Flurry of activity at Port of Gulfport

NN 105 (Photo source: WLOX) NN 105 (Photo source: WLOX)
The DB 50 is a huge crane, one of the largest structures we've ever seen at the port. (Photo source: WLOX) The DB 50 is a huge crane, one of the largest structures we've ever seen at the port. (Photo source: WLOX)
Point Sur (Photo source: WLOX) Point Sur (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (AP/WLOX) -

One large vessel is in the ship channel waiting to pull into the Port of Gulfport while another big ship is moving out. There is a flurry of activity at the port right now.

Long time tenants Crowley and Dole are busy working, and the facility's newest tenant, McDermott Oil, has several vessels on the east terminal.

"If you look around right now, you'll see six ships in here. It's a great diversification of business going on. We have two new tenants. Across at the east pier, McDermott is here with the NN 105 and the DB 50. The DB 50 is going into the gulf and then on to Brazil," said Port Director Jonathon Daniels.

The DB 50 is a huge crane, one of the largest structures we've ever seen at the port. It is an impressive piece of machinery.

"That crane, at 44 metric tons, when it's time to lift the super structure on to the oil platform, that's what they call," said Daniels.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the west end of the sprawling port. All of this is part of the ambitious multimillion dollar effort to add more infrastructure to the port.

Two research vessels are also at the west terminal.

The University of Southern Mississippi's research vessel Point Sur is looking at science in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Endeavor is part of a major project investigating the impact of the BP oil spill on the environment.

"You can't tell right away what happens after an oil spill. Over time, you can see how it impacts the eco system. They're keeping an eye open and figuring out how the system is responding over time," said researcher Sara Beresford.

Scientific research is sharing space with industrial maritime interests at the Port of Gulfport.

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