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Vertical construction at Port of Gulfport involves continuous concrete pour

It's a massive construction project at the Port of Gulfport; one that involves pouring concrete 24 hours a day, for more than a week. (Photo source: WLOX) It's a massive construction project at the Port of Gulfport; one that involves pouring concrete 24 hours a day, for more than a week. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Everyone has seen those familiar white storage silos on the Port of Gulfport property. Those belong to DuPont, now known as Chemours. The big concrete project is building more than a dozen new silos.     

Five hundred construction workers are working around the clock; each team of 250, alternating 12 hour shifts. It’s a continuous concrete pour that will create more than a dozen giant storage silos.

“We're pouring 12,000 cubic yards of concrete, placing two million pounds of rebar over a seven day period. The forms will climb on a set of jacks until they reach 140 foot tall, and the whole time we'll be pouring concrete,” explained Curt McMillin, with Continental Construction.

The port director calls the project another milestone. Following months of ground preparation on the west pier, some actual building.

“This is the first true vertical construction that we're going to see. A significant amount of dirt has been moved, piles have been driven. You've seen a lot of work that's been done on the wharf itself. But this is the first time you're really going to see structures come out of the ground,” said Port Director Jonathan Daniels.

More than a dozen concrete trucks an hour roll onto the port property to support the project. And despite the sheer size of the structures, they're rising relatively quickly.

"We're actually climbing now and it will move up about a foot an hour," said McMillin.

DuPont has had a long presence at the State Port at Gulfport. Those familiar white silos have been a part of the landscape. Now, they are upgrading with these brand new silos and an improvement project.

"This adds about 100 to 120,000 tons of capacity beyond their existing tank structures. So you're going to be well in excess of 200,000 tons of static storage capacity on the port site," said Daniels.

The extra storage capacity will also allow Chemours to diversify its product mix. The cost of this private investment is around $85 million.

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