“I am pleased to see that the Port of Gulfport is now recognized as a Strategic Seaport, allowing it to be utilized by our nation’s military forces,” U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said. “This designation will enable Gulfport to be a critical transit point for personnel and equipment that are vital to our national security. Gulfport is a terrific location for the military, given its proximity toStennis Space Center, the Seabee Base, and Keesler Air Force Base. This is a much-deserved classification for both the community and the state.”
“This is truly a success story for South Mississippi, the American taxpayer and most importantly our men and women in uniform,” said Congressman Steve Palazzo. “I’ve enjoyed working with the Governor, MARAD, and the Port of Gulfport to make this a reality, knowing all the time that if they just took a hard look at what Gulfport has to offer they would be convinced it makes sense strategically and fiscally. Let’s not forget though, at the end of the day it’s about our American warfighter and getting resources and materials where they need to be in the most effective and efficient manner so that they can do their jobs successfully and return home to the communities that love them.”
The SDDC decision to designate the Port of Gulfport as a Strategic Seaport was supported by a rigorous assessment of plausible military requirements on the Gulf Coast, which validated that the designation of Gulfport would successfully mitigate any Strategic Seaport capacity shortfalls. The Port of Gulfport is centrally located in the southeastern defense corridor and will be able to provide military installations with direct on-dock rail service and quick access to the major East/West Corridor of Interstate 10.
“The Port of Gulfport is ready to serve our nation as one of the 17 designated Strategic Seaports,” said Jonathan Daniels, MSPA executive director and CEO. “It is an honor to be considered an asset to our country by providing the Department of Defense with a cost-effective solution for their logistics operations during time of war or international emergency.”
During the coming months, Port staff will work with MARAD to implement the various actions required by this Strategic Seaport designation to ensure support for all military requirements while also minimizing disruption to commerce.