Port Tampa Bay is the largest of the Florida ports by acreage and is a critical economic engine for all of Central Florida. From a wide-ranging cargo mix to its cruise passenger popularity to its ample capacity for shipbuilding and repair, the Port is among the nation’s most diverse seaports.

Port Tampa Bay is located in one of the fastest growing regions of the state and contributes $17.2 billion annually to the local economy while supporting more than 85,000 direct and indirect jobs. In 2019, PTB welcomed three new direct, weekly trans-Pacific container shipping services, representing three of the most significant commercial developments in the Port’s history. Together, Port Tampa Bay and its terminal operating partner, Ports America, have a multi-phased buildout plan to quadruple the capacity of the Port’s container business to support continued growth in Central Florida.

Port Tampa Bay, a top ten U.S. cruise port, handled more than one million cruise passengers in 2019. Port Tampa Bay remains the energy conduit for all of West Central Florida, with all the gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and ethanol for the region moving through the Port. As it has for more than a century, Port Tampa Bay serves as an important gateway for shipments of Florida fertilizer to domestic and global markets.

Goals & Objectives

  • Expand and diversify Port Tampa Bay business base through executing a supply chain sales strategy
  • Fulfill central Florida’s long-term energy requirements
  • Optimize Tampa Bay’s vessel access

Current or Planned Investments

  • Main channel deepening – one to two feet
  • Container complex expansion – Berth 214 and uplands
  • Transload facility, adjacent to container complex

Accomplishments

  • Port Tampa Bay has secured three new direct Asian global carrier services
  • Through P5 investment, Port Tampa Bay completed the expansion and deepening of the Big Bend channel, which connects to the main channel in Tampa’s harbor and will allow larger vessels to dock along the channel and facilitate the movement of goods through the Port to the Interstate 4 corridor
  • In 2019, Port Tampa Bay welcomed more than one million cruise passengers for a second consecutive year

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

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.