Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay


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

Register for tickets today! Public invited to the Naval Commissioning of the USS Jack H. Lucas DDG 125

Port Tampa Bay is proud to serve as the host facility for the Naval Commissioning of the USS Jack H. Lucas DDG 125 warship on October 7, 2023. The Jack H. Lucas Commissioning Committee, Navy League of Tampa, and the U.S. Department of the Navy are working with the port to host this important ceremony.  Ship commissioning is the act or ceremony of placing a ship into active Navy service. The moment the commissioning pennant is broken at the masthead, a ship becomes a Navy command in her own right and takes her place alongside the other active ships of the fleet. 

The commissioning ceremony is one of the most significant milestones in the life of a U.S. Navy ship and includes a weeklong event of festivities for the ship’s crew, the U.S. Navy, and the Tampa Bay community. The USS Jack H. Lucas DDG 125 is currently under construction in Pascagoula, Mississippi but will travel to Tampa Bay for the ceremony. 

Tickets to this once-in-a-generation historic event are free to the public but do require a reservation. To request a ticket and for parking information visit: www.ddg125.org/tickets 

Port Tampa Bay Hosts a Variety of Tours to Educate Port Partners

Members of Port Tampa Bay’s Operations Department and Business Development hosted members of Florida’s Department of Health and the Ruskin office of the National Weather Service on a tour of our maritime community.

Additionally, Titan America sponsored a port tour as part of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s Conference aboard the Tampa Yacht Starship II. The tour highlighted how Titan America supports the construction industry and how Port Tampa Bay plays an important role in the building and construction fields.

The port supports educating our governmental, business, and non-profit partners, as well as the public, on our diverse lines of business and regional economic impact.

Port Tampa Bay hosts Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Meeting

Port Tampa Bay will host the upcoming meeting of the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Meeting on Sept. 29, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The meeting will cover topics under the theme, “Customs Broker Regulation Modernization – A Brave New World.”

Tickets and more information is available here: https://fcbf.com/meetinginfo.php?id=31&ts=1694225050

Get tickets to this year’s Anchor Ball and support seafarers and students interested in the maritime industry

This year’s annual Anchor Ball features a wide range of exciting activities, including a silent & live auction, dinner, music, and dancing, with all proceeds going towards Tampa Port Ministries and Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation. This year’s Port Tampa Bay Anchor Ball takes place on Dec. 2, 2023, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre and brings together individuals, organizations, and businesses in the maritime industry.

Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy. Both of the deserving charities help keep commerce flowing from ship to store:

 Tampa Port Ministries

Seafarers often face significant challenges while working on ships, including isolation, mental health issues, and limited access to essential services. Tampa Port Ministries provides for the physical, social, and spiritual needs of seafarers and others who use the facilities of the Port of Tampa. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Seafarers’ Center provided more than 2,000 vaccines to maritime workers from a variety of countries. The Seafarers’ Center is currently working with USF’s College of Nursing to create a first-of-its-kind health clinic on the port property to serve the seafarers who visit our port.

 Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation

Maritime training prepares students for careers in this demanding industry. However, students pursuing maritime studies often encounter financial barriers that prevent them from accessing quality education and limiting their career prospects.

Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation assists high-achieving graduates of the Hillsborough County Maritime Technology Programs at Thomas Jefferson High School Magnet Honors Maritime Academy and other public institutions by providing meaningful scholarship support for post-high school education leading to maritime careers.

For additional information, please visit our website: www.anchorball.org