Although the Port of Pensacola has had many advantages since its first use in the mid-1700s, since 2009, the oil and gas industry has been providing a boost to the port’s traffic. “Our primary customers are the service vessels that are involved in the offshore oil and gas construction side of the business, laying pipe and providing dive support for pipe-laying projects – all the support vessels for new oil and gas rig construction,” Port Director Amy Miller says.

The port includes five deep-draft berths, two general cargo warehouses, more than 200,000 square feet of general cargo warehouse and 300,000 square feet of warehouse space under lease to proprietary tenants. Of the 50-acre site, approximately 20 acres remain undeveloped.

In the Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s first year of operation in 1971, the Oklahoma port handled 86,654 tons of cargo. In 2013, it handled more than 2.7 million tons. And as the transportation industry continues to divert truck and rail shipping to waterways, the Port of Catoosa only expects the number of cargo shipments coming through its port and 2,000-acre industrial park to grow. 

“One reason is cost,” the port says. “It is estimated that bulk freight can be moved by barge for one-third the cost of railroad and one-fifth the cost of truck. Secondly, cargo that is too big or too heavy to be transported over the highways or by railroad is a perfect candidate for water transport. 

Some firms’ senior managers keep their distance from the workers on the shop floor and field operations, but at Konecranes, the entire management team at all levels has daily interactions with these key players, Key Account Manager John Zellmer says. “They’re out in the trenches with the entire team,” he states. “They’re very approachable people.” 

With global headquarters in Hyvinkää, Finland and regional headquarters in Springfield, Ohio, Konecranes provides overhead lifting equipment and services to many industries, including mining, power, steel, general manufacturing, automotive, pulp and paper, shipyards, ports, and intermodal and rail. The company started business in 1933 as KONE Corp., a manufacturer of electric overhead traveling cranes for the pulp and paper and power industries.

In the past few years, the Gulf Coast has had to deal with major hurricanes as well as a hefty oil spill. But the Port of Gulfport understands it can’t be daunted by such things. Port of Gulfport is dedicated to providing world-class maritime terminal service, as well as ensuring economic growth in the state through domestic and international trade. And the growth is happening, as evidenced by the all of the construction activity, as well as the new partnerships the port is developing. 

The roots of Floe International can be traced back to 1983, when Wayne Floe designed his first boatlift. He was 19 years old at the time and his design was revolutionary. Unlike any other boatlift on the market, his featured a roller bunk bed on a twin winch vertical lift, allowing boaters to simply drive the boat up and out of the water and then crank up the rear. It was used for a decade and remains on display at company headquarters in McGregor, Minn.

Much has changed since that time, when the company was known as United States Boat Hoist and Dock Co. and was funded with money Floe earned from logging and installing docks. One thing remains constant, however, and that is Floe’s commitment to quality design and innovation. 

“Floe always has and will stay true to delivering only innovative products and services that deliver exceptional value,” the company says.

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