January 20, 2016 - Ben Benvenuti, Bill Meade, Alfonso Larrea and Gustavo Morales attended the State of the Port 2016.
Photos by GM
"The state of this port is good," Paul Anderson port's CEO and President said at his annual State of the Port address.
Port Tampa Bay handles about half of Florida's fuel imports, but it moves a wide variety of other cargoes, everything from ammonia and orange juice to phosphates and passenger ships. "Our diversity protects us from one global event from really impacting our business," Anderson said.
The port is spending $21.5 million on a new pair of gantry cranes that will be able to unload much bigger ships once they're up and running in May, and it's building a refrigerated warehouse to attract food shippers and officials hope the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, expected this summer, will eventually bring more cargo to Tampa.
"You can see this one sector of our diversified cargo strategy is getting a big shot in the arm," "Port Tampa Bay is expanding through diversity." Anderson said.
CPR donated resin for all the tables center piece.