A message from Port Tampa Bay to our customers, tenants and community
UPDATED: August 7, 2020
A reminder of Port Tampa Bay’s extensive safety and security measures
Port Tampa Bay’s thoughts are with the people of Beirut during this difficult time and our entire maritime community offers condolences to the victims of this week’s explosion. As the world searches for answers as to what caused the tragedy, it is important to remind the community of numerous safety and security measures in place at Port Tampa Bay.
Port Tampa Bay, like all U.S. Seaports, is heavily regulated by local, state, and federal agencies. The port takes the security of our facilities seriously and holds ourselves to strict guidelines to operate as safely as possible. This includes periodic assessments of our Security and Emergency Management Plans to ensure we remain resilient, and participating in exercises throughout the year with our various local agencies. Additionally, the port hosts a widely attended and respected Safety Summit that features leading experts and safety professionals representing almost all of the ports tenants, customers and local, state and federal representatives for safety and regulatory agencies.
Notable keynote speakers from past summits have included:
- Honorable Andrew Card, Former Chief of Staff to the President and Secretary of Transportation
- Colonel Mark Tillman (Ret.), Former Commanding Officer of Presidential Airlift, Air Force One pilot
- General Barry MacCaffery (Ret.), Former Dir. National Drug Policy & Commander-in-Chief, US Southern Command
- Rear Admiral Edward G. Winter, III (Ret.), Former Commanding Officer, Naval Special Warfare Command and Seal Team 6
- Honorable Deborah Hersman, National Safety Council and former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board
- Corporal Michael Jernigan (Ret.), U.S.M.C. Wounded Warrior
- Captain Richard Phillips (Ret.), Author of A Captain’s Duty, the inspiration for the major motion picture “Captain Phillips”
- Honorable Pam Bondi, Former Florida Attorney General
The port and its tenants have well-established protocols for handling and storing hazardous materials that travel in and out of our area. These safety standards are also reviewed and revised (as needed) continuously. Safety is embedded in the culture of our port and with our tenants, from top to bottom.
Update on cruise industry from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
Cruise Lines International Association has chosen to voluntarily suspend cruise sailings through Oct. 31, 2020. This voluntary extension exceeds the Centers for Disease Control’s no-sail order for cruises in the United States through Sept. 30, 2020. Both decisions were made in the interest of public safety. As a reminder, Holland American Line, Celebrity Cruises and MSC Cruises were not scheduled to sail from Port Tampa Bay until November of 2020. We encourage any impacted cruise passengers to contact their travel agent or cruise line directly for more information. Additionally, more information can be found at www.porttb.com/cruisesafety.
Spotlight on a Port Partner: Yacht Starship
Yacht Starship is committed to the health and safety of its guests and has implemented many new health standards and procedures due to COVID-19. Handwashing stations have been installed and all passengers are required to wash their hands before boarding the yacht. All crew is required to wear a mask at all times and will undergo a health screening before every shift. All guests are required to wear face masks during boarding but may remove the mask once seated at their table for eating and drinking. Masks are required to be worn inside the yacht when not sitting at your table and outside when social distancing is not possible. Yacht Starship has also greatly reduced capacity on every cruise and requires social distancing on board. Yacht StarShip has followed these safety protocols while still maintaining a fine-dining atmosphere on the water, all beverage and food are served tableside. For more information and additional procedures, you can visit their website.
Yacht Starship Cruises & Events offer spectacular dining cruises to intimate private occasions. The Yacht StarShip fleet is the ideal venue for a celebration of any size. Whether you wish to plan an intimate date night on the waterways of Tampa Bay, a mimosa-filled brunch with friends, or a private charter on one of their four luxury yachts, their premier cruises will accommodate you with one-of-a-kind views, outstanding dining options and excellent service.
Learn how the port has adapted its business operations during COVID-19
Are you curious how Port Tampa Bay has adapted and remained open for business during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Join the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at 12 p.m., as they host the port to explain operational changes that have occurred due to the pandemic. Port Tampa Bay Senior Director of Business Development Greg Lovelace will present. Learn more and register here: https://cscmp.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=CFL200813&fbclid=IwAR3BpGyNUIdgotSNVHhSdHSn9aeMQBY7DmfszbWLWtVW9CELwvLDqEirqKk
Save the date: Port Tampa Bay hosts next Board Meeting on August 18
The Board meeting of the Tampa Port Authority, d/b/a Port Tampa Bay, previously scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., will now be conducted by Zoom conferencing.
The Board Room is closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Media and the public can access the virtual meeting via: https://zoom.us/j/97550118680 or telephone - dial, US +1-929-205-6099, Webinar ID: 975 5011 8680.
More information is available here.
Port Tampa Bay has been deemed essential by the Department of Homeland Security. This means our port continues to operate. Within the past week, the following moved through our port:
- Essential goods and consumer products in containers.
- We continued to bring in fuel
- Fresh produce, including pineapples, came through as refrigerated cargo
- Other dry bulk and break bulk products including sulfur, cement, aggregates, phosphate fertilizer, and steel.