Port Tampa Bay continues to experience strong growth across its multiple lines of business for the first two quarters of FY 2022. And, it has seen solid growth in cargo moving through its public berths from October 2021 through March 2022.
Total cargo tonnage is up by four percent, with notable increases in general cargo, including container tonnage (up 23%), steel (up 110%) and lumber. Dry bulk cargo increases include cement (up 6%) and granite (up 43%). Liquid bulk increases include juice (up 119%) and petroleum (up 8%).
While the port is seeing strong growth, they are also preparing to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Port Tampa Bay and the Propeller Club of Tampa Bay are joining Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful for the second annual Great Port Clean-up.
Last year, the inaugural Great Port Clean-up won the American Association of Port Authorities’ Lighthouse Award of Excellence for Environmental Enhancement. Nearly 350 partners and community volunteers safely removed more than 19,000 pounds of trash and marine debris from 23 sites in and around the port.
“Port Tampa Bay has been a committed leader on environmental and sustainability issues, as evidenced by last year’s award-winning Great Port Clean-up. We are honored to bring together the maritime community and volunteers from the public. Living and working alongside Tampa Bay is a privilege and we remain deeply committed to the health of our area’s waters. We hope to build on the outpouring of interest and support from last year’s event to continue to have a substantial impact on our community for years to come,” said Paul Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Port Tampa Bay.
The clean-up will take place at several waterside locations near Port Tampa Bay from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, April 22.