Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay


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

Several Port Tampa Bay Leaders take part in the first-ever AAPA POWERS Summit and Expo

The AAPA’s Port Opportunities with Energy, Resilience and Sustainability (POWERS) Program was recently established to address energy security and climate change. According to the AAPA, “Ports are the gateways for the American economy, moving 90 percent of internationally traded cargo, including the energy that powers our homes, our businesses, and our everyday lives. The AAPA POWERS program advocates for federal policies to support American energy prowess, pragmatic decarbonization, technology for renewables, and environmental sustainability.

This week the AAPA hosted its first-ever AAPA POWERS Summit and Expo. Several members of the port’s staff took part in the conference, which included panels on carrier fuel, lower carbon energy options, carbon capture, sustainability planning, port electrification, offshore wind, and alternative vehicles, among others.

Port Tampa Bay’s President & CEO Paul Anderson provide a welcome address to participants, there was a keynote address from Florida Department of Transportation Jared Perdue, and a panel on coastal resiliency. The coastal resiliency panel highlighted Port Tampa Bay's award-winning and innovative Smart Pond. The port's smart pond was created in partnership with the National Stormwater Trust. During Hurricane Ian, the water level in our Smart Pond was automatically lowered by almost four feet before the first hurricane bands began to affect the region. That extra storage enabled the Smart Pond to capture over 175,000 cubic feet of untreated stormwater, preventing its discharge into the neighboring community and nearby Tampa Bay. During the conference, the National Stormwater Trust announced Port Tampa Bay will create a second smart pond to serve our maritime community!

At the end of the Summit, participants at the summit were invited to take a tour of our port, hosted by Director of Environmental Affairs, Chris Cooley.

Save the Date: Port Tampa Bay to host annual Golf Tournament in April 

A date has been chosen for Port Tampa Bay’s annual Golf Tournament. This year’s event will take place Friday, April 14, 2023, at the Eagles Golf Club in Odessa. The event benefits Tampa Port Ministries and The Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation. In addition to an enjoyable day on the links, the tournament features a 4-person scramble format, which includes on-course contests and some special challenges. After your round of golf, there is an awards banquet, with drawings for raffle prizes. Registration details and link to come soon.

Port Tampa Bay Assists Community with Safety & Security Training

Port Tampa Bay is proud to help our community. This week, our port hosted a Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency exercise with representatives from seven Major League baseball teams. The participating teams take part in spring training regionally, and the exercise will improve safety and security for fans and players.

Earlier this month, the port’s security team joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to provide the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan a tour of our port.

Don’t Delay: Register is open for the 34th Annual Tampa Steel Conference 

The 2023 Tampa Steel Conference will be bigger and better than ever before. A variety of industry experts will speak at the conference, you can learn more about the variety of thought leaders being featured here

This will be the 34th year for the Tampa Steel Conference, which takes place Feb. 5-7, 2023 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. Port Tampa Bay and Steel Market Update are working together to provide a unique experience at the 2023 conference. The conference features expanded content and additional speakers and continues to provide optional events such as the golf tournament, port boat tours, and special networking cocktail parties to enhance the overall experience. Costs to attend are reasonable, and you can learn more about the conference agenda by clicking here