First Chiquita ship rolls into State Port

Company had left the port two years ago

FILE - This Sept. 10, 2014 file photo shows bunches of Chiquita brand bananas for sale at a grocery store in Zelienople, Pa. Chiquita Brands International Inc. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 said it has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million, just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – It was an evening of firsts on the West Pier of the State Port of Gulfport.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2aWl4RH) the first Chiquita ship rolled in Monday almost two years after the fruit company severed its 40-year tenancy at the port for a berth in New Orleans.

Chiquita will be the first use of the state port’s new cranes that were ordered from China at a cost of $30 million. Two of the three cranes will unload the ship, carrying more than twice the cargo of its predecessors.

Chiquita sailed into the port and docked at 6:30 p.m.

Chiquita will also be the first to use a massive dry-storage building that is half completed. The company’s cargo will go on the north end.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

 

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