Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay


A message from Port Tampa Bay to our customers, tenants and community

Paul Anderson Announces Promotions for Brian Giuliani, Wade Elliott, and Greg Lovelace 

Port Tampa Bay President & CEO Paul Anderson recently announced the promotions of Brian Giuliani, Wade Elliott, and Greg Lovelace in a realignment of Port Tampa Bay’s internal staff that will enable the organization to work with greater efficiency and capability in a fast-changing world. 

Effective immediately, Brian Giuliani will serve in the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). As the new COO, Giuliani will provide the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure the company has the proper operational controls and efficiency to grow Port Tampa Bay. He will now be overseeing the Operations, Security, Engineering, and Information Technology Departments for Port Tampa Bay.

Wade Elliott is promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. He will continue to manage Port Tampa Bay’s business development and aim to attract new business while supporting the growth and development of existing business. Elliott will also now oversee Port Tampa Bay’s marketing team to better integrate Port Tampa Bay’s business development and marketing efforts.

Greg Lovelace is promoted to Vice President of Business Development. In his newly expanded role, Lovelace will primarily focus on outreach to beneficial cargo owners, specifically for containers, and reflect the newly expanded services. Additionally, he will oversee cargo and cruise activity in this newly defined role.


Fuel Cargo Vessels Arrive at Port Tampa Bay to Assist in Hurricane Ian Recovery

U.S. flagged maritime vessels arrived Friday at Port Tampa Bay following its reopening, carrying fuel cargo to aid in Hurricane Ian recovery.

More than 25 domestic maritime vessels are calling on Florida ports as they reopen following Hurricane Ian. These vessels are carrying over 220 million gallons of fuel critical to Hurricane Ian recovery efforts. 

Over 90% of Florida’s fuel arrives through four ports: Everglades, Canaveral, Jacksonville, and Tampa. When a hurricane impacts the state, the domestic maritime industry works with partners at the state’s marine fuel terminals to ensure that shoreside facilities are at capacity before the storm. After the storm has passed, the industry stands ready to begin discharging additional fuel cargo as soon as ports and terminals reopen.

When a hurricane strikes, the American maritime industry works closely with government officials in emergency management to prepare and respond, as well as prepositions critical supply vessels in safe positions offshore to respond strategically based on where the storm might make landfall and which communities might need immediate aid.

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Port Tampa Bay Smart Pond Report

Last week, Port Tampa Bay completed a physical site inspection of our deployed Smart Pond System serving Port Tampa Bay at S.R. 45/1701 Maritime Blvd, and Port Tampa Bay is happy to report that all equipment is undamaged, operated properly during the storm, and is functioning normally.

Notably, the system performed as designed and drew down the water level in advance of the storm. Port Tampa Bay is pleased to share that its deployed Smart Pond System effectively captured and treated all the hurricane-generated runoff before being discharged into Tampa Bay.

We pride ourselves on our storm and hurricane preparation, and without the Smart Pond System, approximately 175,000 cubic feet of untreated stormwater would have been discharged into the Bay or contributed to local flooding due to Hurricane Ian.


As Port Tampa Bay Resumes Normal Operations, Gasoline Starts to Pour into Florida

Port Tampa Bay reopened to all ships on Friday evening after several days of being shut down due to Hurricane Ian. The U.S. Coast Guard completed its inspections in time for any weekend cargo movement. The port was already open on land, allowing trucks to pick up fuel as soon as the worst of the storm subsided.

Gas stations across the Tampa Bay region ran out of fuel as motorists filled up their tanks to prepare for the storm. Once the port reopened, the Florida Maritime Partnership reported that at least 25 domestic vessels carrying over 220 million gallons of fuel are calling on ports across the state.

The Carnival Paradise — the only cruise to sail regularly here this time of year — was at sea when the hurricane hit Florida, according to cruise journalist Gene Sloan. It returned to Tampa from Mexico several days after initially scheduled.

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Save the Date: October Board Meeting

The regular business meeting of the Tampa Port Authority, d/b/a Port Tampa Bay, Board of Commissioners will be conducted both in-person and by communications media technology on the Zoom platform. The hybrid virtual meeting will be held at Port Tampa Bay’s Joseph Garcia International Center (1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602).

October 18, 2022, hybrid virtual meeting will have a quorum of Board members physically in attendance and other Board members and staff may be attending in person or participating through the Zoom platform. During the hybrid virtual meeting, attendees may view the content being presented, hear speakers and make public comments.

To learn how to participate in the meeting via ZOOM or in person, click here.