Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay


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

Port Tampa Bay to Welcome New ZIM Tampa – Mexico Shuttle Container Service in mid-December 

This week ZIM announced the launch of a new Mexico – Tampa shuttle service (MTS), starting mid-December. The new service expands ZIM’s regional network and provides great new options for customers in Mexico and the U.S.

The new MTS will deploy a 1000-TEU vessel on a weekly, fixed-day schedule between the port of Altamira, Mexico and Tampa, Florida. The service will depart Altamira on Fridays and call at Tampa on Mondays.
Read the full article here: https://www.porttb.com/2020/11/port-tampa-bay-to-welcome-new-zim-tampa-mexico-shuttle-container-service-in-mid-december


Fourth Annual Bayslam a Major Success

On Nov. 13, Port Tampa Bay wrapped up its fourth annual Bayslam Fishing Tournament and called it a success! The Bayslam welcomed 40 boats and 196 anglers to its socially distanced event departing from the Tampa Convention Center. The fishing tournament raised money for The Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation and the Tampa Port Ministries SeaFarer’s Center and will be able to deliver nearly $25,000 to each of the charities this year.


Port Tampa Bay Vice President of Business Development participates in webinar on Central Florida Industrial Growth 

Wade Elliott, Port Tampa Bay’s Vice President of Business Development, participated in a webinar with Connect Media and other industry experts about the industrial growth in the 1-4 corridor and how the surge in population, e-commerce, and manufacturing have impacted the region.


“A lot of the growth on the container side has been people purchasing more furniture, appliances, lumber and home improvement materials,” said Elliott. “Not surprisingly, these are a lot of the segments we see with new and expanded distribution centers along the I-4 corridor.”


See the full webinar here on ConnectCre.com.


PTB hosts a drive-thru food drive for Metropolitan Ministries:


On Thursday, Port Tampa Bay staff hosted a drive-thru food drive for Metropolitan Ministries “Hope is Here” campaign, which generated a total of 574 pounds of food along with cash and gift card donations.


Cargo Update: 

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 liquid bulk, dry bulk and break-bulk products including orange juice, sulfur, cement, aggregates, phosphate fertilizer, and steel.