Article courtesy of Port Tampa Bay.
Port Tampa Bay is extremely pleased to announce that, after Gov. Rick Scott‘s signing of a funding package, the port authority will now have the funds to purchase new post-Panamax gantry cranes to expand throughput capacity at the port’s growing container terminal – a $12 million boon for the state’s largest and most diversified port. This strategic investment will enable it to serve the ever-increasing container vessels being deployed by regional and global carriers.
“Port Tampa Bay is very fortunate to be in a time of growth and a time of unprecedented support on the state level for port projects that will pay dividends for future generations, create jobs and untold economic impact,” said Paul Anderson, Port President and CEO.
“Purchasing these cranes directly supports the Port’s effort to expand its container business, and create new jobs in logistics and manufacturing in Hillsborough County,” said Rick Homans, President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. “As one of our region’s most significant economic engines, it’s important that Port Tampa Bay continue making these strategic investments to serve its expanding customer base,” he said.
Port Tampa Bay’s container terminal, at 40 acres, has a throughput capacity of about a quarter-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year. The port authority continues to invest in container yard-related infrastructure and upland improvements as a central focus of the port’s growth plan in order to meet the needs of a huge and rapidly growing consumer market in west and central Florida. At full build-out, the container terminal will be a sprawling 160 acres, with one million TEU throughput capacity. Together, these new cranes will position Port Tampa Bay to capture cargo that has been moving via out-of-state ports, supporting much needed container service to the region, including along the I-4 corridor.
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