As one of the first ports with a dedicated environmental program, our commitment to a healthy bay runs deep. We demonstrate daily that nature and industry can co-exist.

Natural Resources

  • Creation of two islands in Hillsborough Bay, where material removed from shipping channels is stored. These islands have become home to several endangered nesting birds, including the American Oystercatcher, one of the states rarest species.
  • Partnered with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to partially fill a deep, oxygen-poor dredge hole at McKay Bay to create 78 acres of tidal wetlands and improve water quality.
  • Ownership and management all of the Sovereignty Submerged Lands in Hillsborough County.

Resiliency and Readiness

With determination, innovation and ingenuity, Port Tampa Bay is rising to the challenge of a changing climate.

  • On the Port Resiliency Index, developed by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Port scored 95% and was the first Ports in the nation to be recognized as “Storm Ready” by the National Weather Service.
  • Working with local partners and the port community to build resiliency into our Port operations and hosts an annual hurricane exercise in advance of hurricane season.
  • Conducting an annual update of our Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
  • Developing of an off-site operations center in Winter Haven, FL which allows the port to operate its vital programs in the case the Port is shut down due to an emergency.
  • The Submerged Lands Management program and multiple restoration projects have added to the ongoing recovery of Tampa Bay’s water quality.

Pollution Prevention

Port Tampa Bay is committed to protecting the quality of the air and water in and around the Port.

  • Conducting annual storm water inspections and hosting an annual pollution prevention trainings with our staff and tenants, as well as continuously monitoring our operations and working with our tenants to reduce pollutants from entering the waterways.
  • Participation in coastal clean-ups through a partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, as well as committing to be a “Business for the Bay” through Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful’s Reduce Your Use campaign.
  • Adoption of a “water goat” in McKay Bay, preventing thousands of pounds of floatable trash from entering Tampa Bay’s watershed.
  • Continuously working with our tenants and the Port Community to minimize the day to day air emissions, by scheduling truck arrivals to reduce idling of trucks in and around port operations.
  • Upgraded gantry cranes at the container terminal are electric, rather than the traditional diesel cranes.

Waste Reduction

Port Tampa Bay is steering a steady course toward a sustainable future by reducing waste, conserving energy and raising our carbon consciousness.

  • Creation of an internal Maritime Sustainability Team (MaST) to execute sustainability efforts and initiatives.
  • Construction of the Crosstown Connector, creating a dedicated truck lane from I-4 to the Port, reducing emissions and wear on local roads.
  • Recent installation of water bottle filling stations and water dispensers at our headquarters, eliminating the cost and use of hundreds of plastic water bottles.
  • Implementation of an enhanced recycling program at our headquarters, to be continued to our off-site SOC and Facilities buildings.
  • The Port conducted a detailed Energy Study in 2012, resulting in significant efficiency updates to lighting, HVAC systems, and more, saving the port over $200,000 in energy costs.
  • The entire Port is a designated Brownfield Redevelopment Area, and the Port has spent millions of dollars cleaning up contaminated industrial sites.