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 continues to bring awareness to the dangers of human trafficking

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson directed our port to realize our important role in preventing modern slavery and help to educate the public and our maritime community on the warning signs of human trafficking.

Port Tampa Bay is proud to take part in the Truckers Against Trafficking Campaign, which educates drivers on warning signs of human trafficking and provides them with resources on what to do if they suspect it. Additionally, last year the port began posting information on the dangers of human trafficking throughout our cruise terminals and office buildings. The port continues to participate in a number of task force and workgroups to combat the issue, including:
 

-Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s select Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking

-The Hillsborough County Commission on Human Trafficking

-Super Bowl’s Human Trafficking Task Force, called It’s a Penalty

-And other local, state and federal agencies.

Port Tampa Bay and the Port of Seattle also helped the American Association of Port Authorities draft a resolution that united member ports in their efforts to combat human trafficking. Additionally, the American Association of Port Authorities increased their involvement with Human Trafficking prevention and awareness groups like Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST). Mr. Anderson spoke on a virtual panel last year on this topic.

Mr. Anderson previously served on the Federal Committee to Combat Human Trafficking and remains deeply committed to the issue, explaining, “I believe everyone deserves a life of dignity. Human trafficking must end now! I am proud that Port Tampa Bay has taken such a proactive approach to stop human trafficking and raise awareness about the dangers within our own community. I encourage anyone with a concern to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888.”

There’s still time to register for the 32nd Annual Tampa Steel Conference

This year big changes are coming to the Tampa Steel Conference. Port Tampa Bay and Steel Market Update announced a new partnership to present the first virtual edition for the 32nd annual Tampa Steel Conference, to be held on February 2, 2021.

The conference will address the state of the steel industry, include a trade panel round table, provide information on the domestic steel industry, macro-economic outlook, industry forecasts, logistics information and networking opportunities. Learn more and register here: https://www.tampasteelconference.com/

Save the date: Port Tampa Bay hosts next Board Meeting on Jan. 19

The regular business meeting of the Tampa Port Authority, d/b/a Port Tampa Bay, Board of Commissioners previously scheduled to be held in the Board Room at the Joseph Garcia International Building, 1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602, on Tuesday, January 19, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., will now be conducted both in-person and by communications media technology on the Zoom platform (hybrid virtual meeting). The hybrid virtual meeting will be held at Port Tampa Bay’s Cruise Terminal 3, located at 815 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602.

The January 19, 2020, hybrid virtual meeting will have a quorum of Board members physically in attendance and other Board member and staff will be attending in person or participating through the Zoom platform.  During the hybrid virtual meeting, attendees may view content being presented, hear speakers, and make public comment. 

Media and the public may attend the meeting either in person or by the online Zoom webinar: https://zoom.us/j/96271258565 or by calling +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 – Webinar ID: 962 7125 8565.

More information is available here.

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, including pineapples, came through as refrigerated cargo
  • Other dry bulk and break bulk products including sulfur, cement, aggregates, phosphate fertilizer, and steel.