Port Tampa Bay has resumed all vessel operations and our port’s shipping channels are officially re-opened. Throughout the storm, Port Tampa Bay coordinated with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as the maritime community, to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Idalia. We want to express our sincere appreciation to those who helped our port prepare and recover from the impact of the storm. The port’s Operations, Security, Facilities staff, maritime community, the U.S. Coast Guard, and our local law enforcement and emergency response agencies were critical to our ability to minimize the effects of the storm and help our port to return to operations as soon as safely possible.
During the storm, the port’s landside operations remained open to ensure the smooth and steady delivery of fuel to residents and visitors of the state. Port Tampa Bay supplies nearly half of Florida’s gas, fuel, and petroleum supply and we play a critical role in Hurricane preparation and recovery.
As cargo operations return to normal, our cruise partners Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International did experience a delay in their service. The Carnival Paradise will return to Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 3 on Friday, Sept. 1 and the Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas will return to Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 2 on Friday, Sept. 1 as well. We look forward to welcoming the ship and its passengers before they both set sail on their next voyage.