Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay

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

Port Tampa Bay, Propeller Club and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful collect nearly 20K pounds of trash during Great Port Clean-Up 

During the first-ever Great Port Clean-Up, 342 volunteers collected 19,285 pounds of trash (over 9.6k tons), preventing it from entering the waters of Tampa Bay. On Earth Day, April 22, 2021, Port Tampa Bay, the Propeller Club of Tampa Bay and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful hosted a clean-up event around the waters of Tampa Bay. Port partners and other dedicated community volunteers safely removed trash and marine debris from 23 sites in and around our port. In addition, 350 invasive plant species were removed and 750 mangroves were transplanted to ensure they take root during the event. While the majority of this debris originated from outside of the port, the Port Tampa Bay maritime community is dedicated to doing its part to eliminate marine debris and support trash-free waters in Tampa Bay.  

The event was a call to action for the port community to support the ongoing efforts to keep Tampa Bay a beautiful place to live, work, and play. Plans are already underway for next year's Great Port Clean-Up. Read more on the Port Tampa Bay Newsroom.  

Register today for the annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise 

Port Tampa Bay is deeply committed to emergency preparation, including for natural disasters like hurricanes. Port Tampa Bay will be hosting its 9th annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. This is one of many choreographed exercises to prepare Tampa Bay area agencies for possible hurricane and/or tropical storm scenarios.  

Each year, the Hurricane Preparedness Exercise is held with the National Weather Service to refine and improve our response to a storm. The port invites several external partners including the United States Coast Guard; Customs, Border and Protection; Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office; CSX Railroad; various tug companies; and port tenants, among others.  

This year, there will be a presentation by the National Weather Service who will educate attendees on services and products that are available during the approach of a storm, what they are and how they can be used. The National Weather Service will also lead the discussion on other weather events, such as the strong fronts (which have the potential to cause damage locally and disrupt shipping), as well as fog events and low water warnings. 

To register, visit: https://www.porttb.com/posts?id=D9679B4C-D876-4CC0-BCD3-2C235BD1403C 

Spotlight on our Veterans: Paul Pope - Navy 

Throughout the month of May, Port Tampa Bay will honor the contributions of our nation’s service members in recognition of Military Appreciation Month. As part of our celebration, we want to feature members of our staff who proudly served, including Paul Pope! Paul served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years. Paul said his time in the military broadened his worldview and gave him structure and discipline.  

I was honored to be part of one of our time-tested and necessary national traditions. Most of all, it broadened my perspective on the USA, the military, and our world, rather than being isolated to local knowledge, politics, and news. 

Follow Port Tampa Bay on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn to learn more about the port’s veterans.  

There’s still time to help Port Tampa Bay honor former Chairman Steve Swindal 

Port Tampa Bay plans to honor the years of service of former Board of Commission Chairman Steve Swindal during the May board meeting. One of the ways the port will honor former Chairman Swindal is through a video of members of the port community wishing him well. Interested participants should send a 15 to 30-second video of their well-wishes to Lisa Wolf-Chason ([email protected]) no later than May 11, 2021. Videos recorded on cell phones are acceptable. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Lisa.  

Cargo Update: 

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 and other refrigerated cargo, including tropical fruit 

  • Other dry bulk and break bulk products including sulfur, cement, aggregates, phosphate fertilizer, scrap metal, lumber and steel