GULFPORT -- State port commissioners and staff peered out the window of their 14th-floor conference room Thursday, trying to spot three enormous gantry cranes headed to shore this morning.
The ship carrying the cranes moored Thursday off Ship Island for a U.S. Coast Guard inspection and must wait for sunrise to sail ashore. Port director Jonathan Daniels expects their arrival about 9 a.m., after a two-month voyage from China, where heavy equipment manufacturer ZPMC built them at a cost of $30 million.
When the booms are raised, the cranes will stand 300 feet tall. Each crane includes 300 LED lights 24-hour operation. They should be unloaded by midweek and will undergo testing over the next two months.
-- Anita Lee