A message from Port Tampa Bay to our customers, tenants and community
UPDATED: Sept. 18, 2020
Port Tampa Bay receives funding through 2020 Federal Port Security Grant Program
Port Tampa Bay received a total of $657,800 in funding and a required match through the Federal Port Security Grant Program. The funds will be used for a number of projects including additional docking for port security vessels at the Port Tampa Bay Public Safety Complex, additional guard facilities, and a port-wide physical security and cybersecurity assessment.
Port President & CEO Paul Anderson addresses Cybersecurity
Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay's President & CEO, addressed a large group of information technology and defense leaders this week at the Cybersecurity Forum in a conversation regarding the importance of cybersecurity in critical businesses – like maritime transportation. Joined on a panel by experts from Northrup Grumman, a defense contractor; and CyberSheath, a cybersecurity company, Anderson added his unique perspective from the top of Florida's largest port: "The safety and security of our organizations should be everyone’s priority, no matter their position."
Associated Industries of Florida, hosted the Cybersecurity Forum 2020 in conjunction with Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Makes, The United States Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, and the Workers' Compensation Institute. The event featured remarks from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, as well as prominent defense and information technology professionals. Critical infrastructure, like Port Tampa Bay, is a constant target of cyberattacks. Events like this help to promote strategies and solutions to prevent and maintain awareness of these constant threats. Port Tampa Bay's leadership in this arena was a driving factor in Anderson’s participation in the panel discussion.
Director of FTZ & Cargo Business Development invited to speak at World FZO online event
Port Tampa Bay’s Torrey Chambliss, Director of FTZ and Cargo Business Development, spoke at this week’s New World Model Presents the Future of Industry, an online event about global trade. He was among over 50 CEOs, decision makers, and experts from global corporate and public sector entities sharing their opinions and predictions for a post-COVID business world.
Chambliss was on a panel that discussed the role of free zones in promoting clean trade across different industry sectors, including consumer goods, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and other fields. Topics also explored types of illicit trade, weakness points in free zones, and best practices to consolidate free zones for clean and safe trade flows.
COSCO MALAYSIA rescues four from sailboat in Gulf of Mexico
On Sunday, Sept. 13, the Captain and crew of the COSCO Malaysia container ship received a distress call and rescued four sailors in the Gulf of Mexico. The container ship was headed to Port Tampa Bay from Mobile, Alabama when it encountered a sailboat in distress as a result of the severe weather caused by Tropical Storm Sally.
Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay’s President & CEO said, "I commend Captain Bogdan Rusu, Master of the M/V COSCO Malaysia, and her crew under the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, for saving four sailors from a sailboat in distress. The container ship was on its way to Port Tampa Bay from Mobile, Alabama, and Tropical Storm Sally caused severe weather and waves in the Gulf of Mexico. We are thankful the COSCO Malaysia and her crew were able to save the sailors and bring them to safety. Mariners saving fellow mariners, this has been going on for millenniums, and part of what a mariner is called upon to do."
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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.