Since its formal establishment in 1754, the Port of Pensacola has served as northwest Florida’s gateway to the world. From its early shipments of regionally harvested lumber, locally made bricks and sailing ship masts, to the locally manufactured paper and power plant components being moved today, the Port of Pensacola has always existed, at least in part, to serve local and regional business interests. The port is committed to providing an efficient and cost-effective port for national, international and multi-national shippers seeking a congestion-free, service-oriented alternative.

In light of the port’s continued diversification into non-tonnage based business lines such as the offshore vessel services industry, which generates no cargo, and the wind turbine business, which generates large volumes of relatively light-weight cargo, the Port of Pensacola continues to redefine the matrices by which it measures its success. The port now tracks wind components by both tonnage and number of units and tracks its offshore vessel services business in terms of vessel dockage days generated.

Goals & Objectives

  • Diversify port’s business lines in order to maximize revenue generation, regional job creation, and economic impact, with the current focus being primarily on attracting business partners that provide services to the offshore oil and gas industry and related vessels.
  • Invest in port infrastructure improvements to meet the operational needs of the port’s business partners and breed customer loyalty.
  • Diversify the port’s business lines in order to attract new business partners that will create jobs and grow local port-related employment opportunities.
  • Generate operating revenues to fund all operating expenses other than depreciation.

Current or Planned Investments

  • Warehouse 9 Improvements: The improvements include a raised-ceiling ‘high hat’ bay with 30-foot + hook height to support two overhead bridge cranes with 30-ton capacities. The facility provides for private-sector job growth in a business sector that represents a non-traditional, diversified use of port facilities.
  • Shore Power Improvements: A project to install three 120-amp, 440-volt, three-phase, 60-cycle shore power outlets has been undertaken, allowing vessels to connect to more economical, energy efficient and greener landside power sources while in port.
  • Shoreside Utility Improvements: The construction/installation of three shoreside gray water/sewer discharge stations will be undertaken, allowing vessels to discharge approved gray water and sewerage directly into the municipal sewer system rather than utilizing costly and inefficient pump trucks to haul away such waste.
  • Berth 6 Rehabilitation: This project is repairing areas of spalling on the Berth 6 substructure by removing loose concrete, rust and mill scale. It is replacing damaged reinforcing steel as necessary, applying a manufacturer-recommended primer to exposed surfaces and applying shotcrete. The rehabilitation will return an existing port berth to full utility, retaining up to 20 jobs, and creating potential for additional jobs and revenue.
  • Full On-Port Rail Rehabilitation: The removal and replacement of approximately 7,000 linear feet, or 1.3 miles, of dockside and warehouse-adjacent, port-owned/operated rail (including track, ties, switches and immediately adjacent asphalt pavement) will restore the port’s on-dock rail infrastructure to full utility at a load-bearing capacity of 1,000 lbs. per square foot. Up to 13 existing jobs will be retained, with potential for additional jobs and port revenue.

Accomplishments

  • In traditional cargo sectors, exports of wind turbine nacelles from GE’s Pensacola manufacturing facility continue to increase. Volumes nearly tripled from 2012 to 2013 and are expected to double again in 2014.
  • Sapphira Shipping’s two-year old break-bulk liner service to the Caribbean continues to grow. It is expected that the service will increase to 24 calls by 2015.
  • Completed major port dock maintenance dredging project which, when combined with already completed and upcoming U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects to dredge Pensacola Pass, Caucus Channel and Pensacola Harbor, will fully restore maritime access to a depth of 33 feet from the sea buoy to dock.

Hinterland

Southeastern and midwestern U.S. roughly bounded by the Great Lakes to the north, the Mississippi River to the west, the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the east including all or a portion of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, the Virginias, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Trade Partners

Central and South America, Mexico, Caribbean Basin, Mediterranean, Africa, Baltic Region and Asia.

Mission

To manage and operate cost-effective facilities for marine commerce in order to foster regional and international trade and promote economic development and employment.