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Port News & Updates

- Tampa, Fl. - On Sunday, April 8th a ship carrying a container of personal hygiene supplies departed Port Tampa Bay to Puerto Rico. The ship was loaded up on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Port Logistics Refrigerated Services (a cold storage facility company at the Port) with approximately 1300 boxes of shampoo, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, food, school supplies, and notes of encouragement created by Tampa area children.
- Tampa, Fl.— At Port Tampa Bay this past weekend, we welcomed six cruise ships in one weekend for the first time (3 ships Saturday, 3 ships Sunday), smashing previous records for passenger traffic. With our new improvements at Terminal 6, we are able to accommodate more passengers. During this past weekend, Mar 31st – Apr 1st, a record-breaking 29,167 passengers total went in and out of Port Tampa Bay (embarking and disembarking).
- Tampa, Fl. – Port Tampa Bay welcomes Stephen Fry as its new Vice President of Finance. In this newly created position, Fry will oversee the Port’s financial records and reporting requirements. He will also develop, monitor and manage the annual operating and capital budgets, the Port’s debt and investment portfolios, all project grant funds, and the Port’s risk management program.
- Port Tampa Bay's financial position enables us to serve the community beyond transactional operations, cargo commodity and real estate revenue by leveraging credit worthiness for future infrastructure investment. It is an extraordinary advantage in planning for future growth when the top credit rating agencies - Fitch, Standard and Poor's and Moody's - validate the financial strength of Port Tampa Bay
- TAMPA, Fla.— Three major Port Tampa Bay fundraisers donated nearly $146,000 dollars to local charities in the Tampa Bay area this year. The Port Tampa Bay Golf tournament, Port Tampa Bay Anchor Ball, and the first-ever Port Tampa BAYSLAM Fishing Tournament donated these funds to Tampa Port Ministries, the Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation, Florida Sports Hall of Fame Charities including Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
- Passengers taking Royal Caribbean's "Empress of the Seas" tomorrow will leave from Port Tampa Bay's newly refurbished Cruise Terminal 6. Improvements to Cruise Terminal 6 have been underway for the past several months - they include a building extension to the terminal to accommodate larger capacity ships and facilitate passenger check-in.
- Port Tampa Bay announced this week that Jamal Sowell has been named director of special projects. Sowell, a former member of the United States Marine Corps, will support internal, external and special projects. He will also assist the executive team with management oversight and serve as a liaison on a wide variety of port business matters.
- Port Tampa Bay, in conjunction with Tampa International Airport, today welcomed the arrival of the airport’s SkyConnect trains from a Mitsubishi factory in Mihara, Japan. Today’s historic event, which included more than 150 guests, represents the first Japanese cargo business exchange of this kind in the United States.
- Port Tampa Bay (PTB) adds another national award to its mantel as the 2017 American Metal Market’s Logistics/Transportation Provider of the Year. The Port was recognized for its expertise and efficiency in handling steel products in front of more than 300 industry peers in New York City during the American Metal Market Awards for Steel Excellence ceremony.
- We welcome Mike Griffin to the Port Tampa Bay Board of Commissioners. Mr. Griffin’s years of experience in the business and commercial real estate community will be an invaluable resource as we continue to grow and strengthen the Port, creating more local jobs and opportunities.
- Port executives and staff welcomed the 660-passenger luxury liner Azamara Quest at the port’s Cruise Terminal 2, on March 23, for a one-time port of call for the cruise season. Raul Alfonso, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, headed a small group of port staff to greet the captain and crew and engage in the exchange of commemorative plaques.
- Port Tampa Bay and partner Port Logistics Refrigerated Services celebrate construction of new cold storage facility with a ceremony held 2/23 on Hooker's Point in the Port Tampa Bay complex. The event, attended by a number of dignitaries including Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and many others, commemorates the construction of a brand new on dock, 134,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art cold storage facility for the import and export of food perishables.
- Port Tampa Bay, Florida’s largest and most diverse seaport, today capped of a year of partnerships, announcements and economic development for 2016, with its annual State of the Port address at one of its downtown cruise terminals, with about 300 port stakeholders, community leaders, elected officials and other partners in attendance—all of whom play an integral role in the port’s success.
- At its regular monthly meeting today, the board agreed to an amended lease arrangement with Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment, Inc. (GCBE), a stevedore and terminal operating firm that has been a licensed operator at the port since 2015. The lease term for their five-acre property at Port Redwing is effective through February 28, 2021.
- Port Tampa Bay today congratulates both the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday and Senate today on passage of a final water resources bill known as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, or WIIN (S. 612). The terms set forth in the new legislation will help the U.S. build and maintain seaport/marine infrastructure with greater efficiency.
- "The Tampa Bay market has always been important to us, and the entire family at Royal Caribbean is excited to give our guests great year-round options to travel on one of our beautiful ships from a world-class port like Port Tampa Bay,” Michael Bayley, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said. “We are thrilled to introduce culture-seeking travelers to Cuba from Tampa and we look forward to continuing to grow our business in Tampa for years to come."
- Port Tampa Bay today announces that Carnival Cruise Line has agreed to extend its commitment to continue offering cruises from Port Tampa Bay through 2021. Carnival Cruise Line, a division of Carnival Corporation, is the largest cruise operator in the world and the only cruise line to base two ships year-round at the Port of Tampa.
- Florida’s largest and most diverse seaport today proudly announced its annual economic impact of $17.2 billion, based on a new, comprehensive economic impact study of 2015 numbers. In tandem with this significant economic contribution, the study also reveals that the number of jobs the port supports is 85,000 direct, indirect, induced and related jobs annually.
- Florida’s largest and most diverse seaport today proudly announced its annual economic impact of $17.2 billion, based on a new, comprehensive economic impact study of 2015 numbers. In tandem with this significant economic contribution, the study also reveals that the number of jobs the port supports is 85,000 direct, indirect, induced and related jobs annually.
- Christyna Doege, has been awarded the honor of 2016 International Business Person of the Year, by the Tampa Bay Organization for Women in International Trade (TB OWIT). This annual award is presented to a local business person who exemplifies high ideals in business professionalism within the realm of international trade. The mission of OWIT is to promote international trade and affairs in the Tampa Bay area and to provide a forum for networking, education, and related activities with a global focus and an emphasis on women.
- TAMPA, Fla.—Port Tampa Bay and the Tampa Port Ministries celebrated the annual Anchor Ball charity event Saturday, October 8, at the port’s Cruise Terminal 3. This exciting annual fundraiser and auction support the day-to-day operations of Tampa Port Ministries, the Tampa Seafarers Center, and provide funds for the Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships benefitting graduates of Hillsborough County Schools’ high school maritime studies program, created by the Port of Tampa Propeller Club chapter.
- Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson has been reappointed as chairman of the Florida Ports Council, an association of the state’s 15 public seaports, headquartered in Tallahassee. The association represents the voice of the port industry in Florida and provides leadership, on both the state and federal levels, in key initiatives that bolster the state’s maritime interests and seaborne trade, domestically and internationally.