Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay


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

UPDATED: October 23, 2020


SBA Administrator visits Port Tampa Bay for Small Business Roundtable

Port Tampa Bay was proud to host the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Jovita Carranza, at our offices on Oct. 21. Administrator Carranza held a roundtable with small businesses discussing exports and how the Tampa Bay market is using small businesses to distribute goods and products.


Titan Cold Storage Forms Strategic Partnership to Manage PLRS

Titan Cold Storage, a leading provider of refrigerated and cold storage solutions for the middle market, has formed a strategic partnership with Port Logistics Refrigerated Services (PLRS) at Port Tampa Bay and will handle the operations, marketing, and sales.

PLRS is a 135,000-square-foot facility, designed for handling large volumes of imported and exported cargo, specializing in fresh produce, proteins, and other perishable food and beverage commodities. Regional imports and exports are currently being shipped to and from Mexico, Costa Rica, and other Central American countries. PLRS Powered By Titan Cold is ideally positioned to serve Central Florida and the Southeast, expansion capabilities into the Midwest by truck and CSX rail service.


Port Tampa Bay Hosts MANTAS Unmanned Surface Vessels

Maritime Tactical Systems (MARTAC) and Romeo Papa Boats introduced the MantaRay Demo Team at Port Tampa Bay, performing a series of exercises highlighting MANTAS Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) capabilities on October 20 and 21. MantaRay Demo Team demonstrated hydographic surveying and inspection exercises. Romeo Papa’s Dry Tortugas demonstrated on-water exercises with the newly launched MANTAS T38 (11m) executing high performance exercises and autonomous piloting escort missions in the harbor and surrounding waters. For more information, visit https://martacsystems.com/.


Port Tampa Bay President & CEO Elected to AAPA Board

American Association of Port Authorities has announced a restructuring to its Board of Directors and has elected Port Tampa Bay President & CEO Paul Anderson as a Director at-large representing the Gulf Ports Region.


Upcoming events:

Port Tampa Bayslam IV Fishing Tournament is coming up on Friday November 13. There is one spot left to participate in this one day, 5-species, catch and release-style fishing tournament. The tournament benefits the Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation Inc., which provides scholarships to students in need seeking to further their study in Maritime sciences and maritime-related careers, and the Seafarer's Center, which provides a home-away-from home and a non-denominational, spiritual activity center for traveling mariners to Port Tampa Bay.


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