The Port of Pensacola has been busy, with four ships in port simultaneously last week.
“We have been very busy at the port,” said Buddy McCormick, vice president of Offshore Inland, a multi-national contractor and one of the port’s largest tenants. McCormick said the the four subsea construction vessels in port last week supported between 90 and 100 “good paying, industrial, blue collar jobs.”
The 590-foot, 22,000-ton NOR Goliath — one of the world’s largest offshore construction vessels and a regular visitor to Pensacola — is back in port undergoing upgrades after being purchased by Norwegian owners last year. The ship, built in 2009, features a 2,000-ton crane which is used to install offshore platforms, deepwater pipelines, and offshore wind turbines.
The Goliath was joined by the 396-foot Skandi 7, an offshore construction support vessel in port mobilizing for its next deployment. The 353-foot REM Installer and 308-foot Bibby Sapphire are also in port to mobilize and demobilize.
Offshore Inland relocated its corporate offices from Mobile to Pensacola in 2014.
“I would like to thank [port director] Amy Miller, her staff, and the Mayor’s office for their support,” said McCormick. “Without it we could not be where we are.”