The dredging project, completed in February 2019, deepened the Big Bend Channel from 34 feet to 43 feet, and widened it from 200 feet to 250 feet. Funding for this project was supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Transportation, Port Tampa Bay, and two of the Port's largest tenants: Mosaic and Tampa Electric. The company that did the dredging was Great Lakes Dredge & Docks Co.
This area is served by the Big Bend Channel, which connects to the Tampa Harbor Main Channel, and it is integral to the movement of commodities through the Port to the I-4 Corridor, Florida’s fastest growing part of the State.
In order to optimize the development and economic contribution of the Port Redwing/South Bay area, a deeper and wider Big Bend Channel is needed to allow larger vessel to call at terminals in the area. Larger vessels enable significant transportation efficiencies for companies operating at terminals served by the Big Bend Channel.