Port Tampa Bay is largest of the Florida ports by tonnage and land, and is a critical economic engine for all of Central Florida. Located in the fastest growing region of our state, Port Tampa Bay is a full service port handling all types of cargo and cruise passengers, as well as other maritime activities including important shipbuilding and repair facilities. Building on a long and rich history as a significant bulk port, Port Tampa Bay today handles a broad mix of bulk, break-bulk, container, ro/ro and heavy lift/project cargo.

Unique to the Port Tampa Bay is its vast and growing acreage. Private and public properties comprise 5,000 acres across the entire port complex, of which more than 300 are currently available. These land assets are vital in attracting new business and stimulating manufacturing, which create jobs and economic value for the region. The port continues to build its container business to serve the immediate central Florida region, and beyond, providing a more cost-effective alternative for carriers and shippers, whose concentration of distribution centers along the I-4 corridor represent Florida’s largest and are rivaled by only Atlanta in the entire Southeast.  Port Tampa Bay is also a vital energy products gateway to all of central Florida and is an important global distribution point for fertilizer.

Goals & Objectives

The port’s recently updated Strategic and Master Plan, a widely collaborative effort with the port community, provides a multi-faceted strategic direction focused six key factors.

  • Protecting and acquiring maritime land to build on the competitive advantage of already having room to grow.
  • Overall growth of diversity in lines of business with emphasis on the expansion of container cargo operations.
  • Enhancing navigational access for current and future vessels.
  • Sustainable capital formation.
  • Supporting west central Florida’s long-term energy needs.
  • Aligning with evolving demand of the regional freight transportation system.

Current or Planned Investments

  • Hookers Point Developments: The multi-phased development at the south end of Hookers Point will, at full build out, comprise 160 acres, enough capacity to satisfy the future container needs of the rapidly growing local market. Recent enhancements include the acquisition of gantry cranes, a berth extension to 2,800 feet and a container terminal yard expansion to 40 acres. The upcoming development phases will add berthing, laydown space, transit sheds, reefer plugs, a gate complex, equipment and expanded rail. These initiatives will bring opportunities for Florida’s shippers, helping them expand and/or enter international markets. Farther north on the peninsula, improvements to Berth 201/202 are planned, including a pier extension for ro/ro cargo and improvements to the adjacent transit sheds. The project supports 1,399 direct, indirect and induced jobs, 525 construction jobs and 2,500 existing jobs, and complements the recently completed Gateway Rail Project and the Berth 201/202 improvements.
  • Petroleum Facilities Development: The Port of Tampa is the energy gateway for West Central Florida and its nine million residents. The premiere energy facility – crucial to the economic vitality of the nation, the state and the region – was recently rebuilt, improving logistical reliability and efficiency, enhancing safety, protecting and preserving the environment and extending the facility’s life by 30 years t. Owned by the TPA and used by diverse private companies, it is one of only two fully integrated, multimodal liquid-bulk facilities in a state that completely relies on inbound receipts of petroleum products for its energy needs. This project created 461 construction jobs, protects 2,444 permanent jobs, saves tens of millions of gallons of fuel versus trucking fuel to the region, and, along with the Central Florida Pipeline, decreases truck traffic by about 125,000 long-distance truck moves annually.
  • Port Redwing Development: Port Redwing, a 128-acre Greenfield site situated several miles south of the city of Tampa and near I-75 and the CSXT rail mainline, will complete critical infrastructure needed to provide capacity for additional bulk trade and intermodal transportation activities. Cargo capacity at full build out could reach 12 million tons. A recent 150-acre acquisition at adjacent properties now positions the region to attract large, export-driven industrial manufacturing plants that until now have had to look at sites outside the state. The port has invested in berths, roads and utilities to support the aggregate terminal already in operation. The current phase includes construction of a new access road connecting to US-41, three miles of rail track connecting to the CSXT mainline, and security infrastructure and utilities, facilitating growth of current and new business. Design and permits for the improvements are nearly complete. This project creates 845 permanent and 75 construction jobs, and supports 25 existing jobs. At build out, Port Redwing could provide 5,765 jobs, while avoiding 59 million truck miles.
  • Eastport Improvements: The port is preparing for deeper draft bulk and general cargo vessels associated with varied and pervasive industry trends. The current phase of the Eastport development includes design and construction of a Berth 150 finger pier with 43 feet of depth, and a partial roadway relocation to improve upland access. The full site plan includes the creation of eight berths and a 102- acre multi-purpose cargo facility. Permitting and dredging are complete. The project will create 676 permanent and 50 to 60 construction jobs.
  • Navigational Improvements: Port Tampa Bay is the local sponsor for federal work to improve and maintain the 40-plus miles of deep-water federal channels that provide access to seaports within Tampa Bay. The port also dredges to maintain and improve 62 deep-water ship berths. This project will dredge approximately 140,000 cubic yards from one-third of the port berths during the September through March dredging window. The project creates 1,552 permanent and 60 construction jobs, and supports 6,211 existing jobs.

Accomplishments

  • General Cargo and Container Advancements: Ongoing container terminal expansion is providing greater capacity and enhanced efficiency for general cargo movements, such as those initiated in 2012 by Atlantic RoRo Carriers and American Honda Motor Co., Inc., as well as market opportunities for regional shippers.
  • Road and Rail Developments: A dedicated express truck ramp links the port directly with the nation’s interstates, greatly enhancing connectivity to customers in west central Florida and beyond. It was part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s I-4/Selmon Expressway Connector project.
  • Gateway Rail Project: Completed in 2012, this joint TPA/CSX Corporation/Kinder Morgan Energy Partners initiative was the first on-dock multipurpose unit train facility for ethanol and intermodal containers in Florida. Located adjacent to the Hookers Point Container Terminal, it serves the energy sector and enhances intermodal efficiency for a range of general cargo.
  • Land Acquisition: The port acquired 150 acres at Port Redwing, conveying an important competitive advantage with new capacity for cargo growth and industrial expansion.
  • Industrial Development: NexLube Tampa LLC has joined the port family, building a, 24-million-gallon, used-oil recycling facility. To prepare, the port undertook reconstruction of an access road, creating a new rail spur adjacent to the site, and installing six miles of piping for processing water.
  • Financial: The port remains the leading economic driver in west central Florida. Its diverse infrastructure results in a constant revenue stream. This, coupled with prudent expense control, has made it possible to invest in projects with excellent growth potential.

Hinterland

Bulk/Break-bulk: Central Florida for energy, building, citrus and fertilizer products.

Container: Florida, and through CSX, the U.S. Midwest and entire eastern seaboard.

Trade Partners

India, Mexico, Trinidad, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Australia, Japan, Colombia and Argentina.

Mission

The [Tampa Port Authority] TPA will be recognized as a leader in the maritime industry. The TPA will have a customer-driven, strategic business focus in working with stakeholders to develop and manage marine terminals and supporting infrastructure for the benefit of the regional economy. The TPA will employ sound financial, business, and environmental management practices in fulfilling its mission.