Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay


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

In Case You Missed It: Port Tampa Bay welcomes Dole, expanding trade with Central America

Port Tampa Bay was pleased to welcome the announcement by Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Company, that it will include Tampa in a new containerized service between Central America and the US Gulf in late July, 2021. 

The US Gulf Express will include a weekly direct call at Port Tampa Bay from Puerto Cortes and Puerto Castilla in Honduras, and Puerto Barrios, in Guatemala. In addition to Dole Fresh Fruit discharging bananas and pineapples at Port Tampa Bay, fixed weekly Full Container Load (FCL) containerized cargo service will be offered through Dole's commercial cargo division, Dole Ocean Cargo Express, LLC, to/from Puerto Cortes, Honduras and to/from Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, with inland service to El Salvador.

The new service will be called the Gulf Express Service and Tampa will be part of the new string calling the U.S. ports of Gulfport, MS and Freeport, TX. Norton Lilly International will continue to represent Dole Ocean Cargo Express for the new service. The service will operate with two new state-of-the-art vessels, MV DOLE MAYA and MV DOLE AZTEC. Dole’s ships were built in 2021 to meet strict emission mandates to substantially reduce greenhouse gases and use the latest exhaust scrubbing technology, which reduces SOx emissions by 52%. With the propulsion and power plant engines all certified TIER III compliant, the ships achieve a nearly 66% reduction in NOx emissions per FEU carried.

Port Logistics Refrigerated Services (PLRS) will provide terminal and stevedoring for the service at Port Tampa Bay. The PLRS terminal facility includes a new state-of-the art 135,000 square foot cold storage warehouse, 148 reefer plugs, and fumigation services, as well as an adjacent berth served by two dedicated mobile harbor cranes.

Read more about the announcement on the Port Tampa Bay Newsroom.

Here are links of selected news coverage of the announcement:

Coming Soon: 2020 State of the Port

Port Tampa Bay will soon release the annual ‘State of the Port’ to recap our organization’s successes in 2020, including record containerized cargo numbers. Despite the ongoing global pandemic, there were many highlights to celebrate from the past year. Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson, will provide information on the port’s diverse lines of business, give an update on future projects and growth opportunities, and celebrate the many successes of the past year.

Anyone interested in viewing the 2020 State of the Port will be able to watch the address in its entirety on the Port Tampa Bay website. More information on how to view the 2020 State of the Port will be shared soon.

Save the date: Port Tampa Bay hosts next Board Meeting on June 15

The regular business meeting of the Tampa Port Authority, d/b/a Port Tampa Bay, Board of Commissioners will 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 June 15, 2021 hybrid virtual meeting will have a quorum of Board members physically in attendance and other Board member and staff may 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.

CDR Maguire COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Cruise Terminal 6

Anyone who is looking to get the COVID-19 vaccine can receive one from CDR Maguire at Cruise Terminal 6. CDR Maguire is offering vaccines 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary and all eligible persons (including eligible children) may obtain the vaccine at this location. Based on availability, the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being offered. First doses of the Pfizer vaccine will only be available until May 30.

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone in need of receiving a vaccine.