Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay


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

GRAND OPENING: USF Health College of Nursing Port of Tampa Seafarers Center Clinic Grand to hold Ribbon Cutting

On Wednesday, May 29 the USF Health College of Nursing Port of Tampa Seafarers Center Clinic will officially open! The USF Health College of Nursing and Port Tampa Bay have partnered to create a first-of-its-kind on-site nurse-managed clinic to provide health care for the thousands of seafarers whose global maritime routes bring them to the port each year. Seafarers are international maritime workers – the ships’ crews – aboard cargo and cruise ships, who are sometimes at sea for months at a time. Many seafarers come from impoverished countries and are unable to access reliable health care. Additionally, this clinic will provide health services to the Port Tampa Bay maritime community and its workers.

The clinic will provide routine primary care (well visits and physicals), care for common acute and chronic health issues, point-of-care tests (blood glucose, pregnancy, rapid strep, etc.), DOT physicals, and immunizations.

The clinic will serve as a training site for nursing students, where they will learn from expert faculty how to identify and integrate social determinants of health into the patient plan of care. The clinic is set to open immediately following the ribbon-cutting.

Port Tampa Bay’s Wade Elliott Takes Part in Tampa Bay Business Journal Panel on the Port’s Impact

Port Tampa Bay’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Wade Elliott, took part in a Tampa Bay Business Development Panel titled Port Table of Experts: A Discussion on the Port’s Impact in Tampa Bay. Wade spoke on the port’s role as an economic driver and the historic impact the maritime community has had on the City of Tampa. 

The panel featured several representatives from our maritime community, including:

  • Moderator: Ian Anderson, Market President & Publisher, TBBJ
  • David Bailey, President, Southern States Material Handling
  • Craig Richard, President & CEO, Tampa Bay EDC
  • Wade Elliott, Senior VP of Marketing & Business Development, Port Tampa Bay
  • Tim Touzet, Regional VP USA Cruise, SSA Marine
  • Richard Easterwood, Vice President of Logistics, Amalie Oil
  • Colt McCay, Supply Chain Manager, Mosaic & President of the Propeller Club
  • Travis Rodes, Commercial Operations Manager, Ports America

A recap of the discussion will be shared in an upcoming edition of the Business Journal. 

Port Tampa Bay celebrates service members during Military Appreciation Month 

Port Tampa Bay recognizes the dedicated efforts of military servicemen and women during May, which has been designated Military Appreciation Month. In addition to Memorial Day, the month-long designation honors the sacrifice, service, and dedication of current and former members of all branches of the military. The port employs more than 30 veterans and we are proud of their military and civilian contributions! 

As a reminder, Port Tampa Bay’s administrative offices will be closed in recognition of Memorial Day. 

There’s still time: Register today for this year’s Safety Summit 

Port Tampa Bay and Tampa International Airport are proud to announce the return of the ninth Annual Tampa Bay Safety Summit, This year’s Summit will include a vast range of local, state, and federal representatives. In addition to government professionals, the summit will feature a variety of industry experts to engage you with presentations and panel discussions relating to safety, security, and operational readiness, in an open forum setting. The summit will take place at the airport’s Main Terminal Event Space on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.  

 This year’s Safety Summit will begin with welcome remarks from leaders from the port and airport and feature a variety of informative sessions focused on preparedness and resiliency. The event is free to attend but registration is required. More details, including an agenda and registration, is available here: https://www.tampasafetysummit.com/ 

Last chance: Space is limited  for this year’s BaySlam Fishing Tournament

Port Tampa Bay’s 8th Annual Fishing Tournament Returns in November. The annual fishing tournament, Port Tampa BaySlam, is a day, 5-species, catch-and-release style fishing tournament scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1, 2024.

Thank you to our title sponsor BRANDT, presenting sponsor Yacht Starship, and new gold-level sponsor Yamaha North America for kicking us off this year for an exciting day on the water. For sponsorships and registration information, please contact Katie Mahoney at [email protected].

This year’s tournament will accept 45 boats and spots fill fast! 

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