The Tampa Port Authority is responsible for developing, marketing, and managing the Port of Tampa. The Port of Tampa is the most diverse and largest seaport in the State of Florida. The Port of Tampa contributes almost $8 billion a year into the metropolitan economy and provides, directly or indirectly, more than 96 thousand jobs.
The major imports through the Port of Tampa include petroleum products, liquid sulfur, coal, anhydrous ammonia, steel products, limestone, vehicles, cement, and containers. Major exports include bulk phosphate, citrus pellets, scrap metal, vehicles, and containers. The Port of Tampa's top trading partners include Mexico, Canada, India, Trinidad, Japan, Russia, Australia, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Colombia.In 2008, the Port of Tampa handled a total of 42.6 million tons of cargo and served a total 3416 vessel calls. Cargoes included 17.6 million tons of dry bulk, almost 23.8 million tons of liquid bulk, and over 1.2 million tons of general cargo. The Port of Tampa handled dry bulk cargoes that were dominated by phosphate and rock/chemical cargoes (over 8.4 million tons), coal (almost 4 million tons), limestone (1.6 million tons), and granite rock (977 thousand tons). Liquid bulk cargoes were dominated by petroleum products (18 million tons), liquid sulfur (over 3.3 million tons), and anhydrous ammonia (over 1.8 million tons). General cargoes handled by the Port of Tampa included scrap metal (594.3 thousand tons), containerized cargoes (365.3 thousand tons in 44.3 thousand TEUs), steel products (153.5 thousand tons), and lesser volumes of vehicles, reefer cargoes, and forest products. In 2008, more than 767.7 thousand passengers embarked and disembarked at the Port of Tampa aboard 178 cruise vessels.
The Port of Tampa contains many facilities that specialize in handling bulk cargoes. Pasco Terminals, Inc. handles liquid sulfur at Berth 2, which is 198.1 meters long with maximum depth of 10.2 meters. Holcim (US) Inc. operates concrete silos and cement pumps at the Port of Tampa's Berths 3 and 4. Berth 3 is 168.6 meters long with alongside depth of 9.4 meters, and Berth 4 is 167.6 meters long with alongside depth of 5.6 meters. The Holcim berths have excellent rail and highway connections. Berth 21 is a public berth handling liquid bulk commodities. The berth is over 137.1 meters long and has alongside depth of 1.8 meters.
Yara North America Inc. handles liquid calcium nitrate and molten sulfur at the Port of Tampa's Berth 22, which is almost 213.4 meters long and has alongside depth of 10.6 meters. The berth is a multi-user dock and contains six tanks with total capacity for 12.9 million gallons. Also at Berth 22, Gulf Sulfur handles inbound molten sulfur in the Port of Tampa.
Martin Operating Partnership LP handles bulk cargoes of molten sulfur, sulfuric acid, bunkers, asphalt, and cement at Berths 24 and 24B. This multi-user Port of Tampa dock includes Berth 24, which is 217.9 meters long with alongside depth of 10.3 meters, and Berth 24B, which is almost 68.6 meters long with alongside depth of 4.3 meters.
Sea-3 of Florida, Inc. operates Berth 30 at a multi-user Port of Tampa dock that serves a state-of-the-art liquid propane gas terminal with capacity to store 26.5 million gallons of propane. The berth is 365.7 meters long with alongside depth of 13.1 meters.
Cemex, Inc. operates Berth 31 in the Port of Tampa at a multi-user dock with silos, pipelines, and a 4-thousand tons-per-hour conveyor system. The berth is 304.8 meters long with alongside depth of 13.1 meters. Cemex handles bulk cement cargoes. Also at Berth 31 is Vulcan Materials which handles limestone cargoes in the Port of Tampa.
C.F. Industries, Inc. operates the Phosphate Terminal at the Port of Tampa's Berth 204. Handling outbound bulk phosphate cargoes, the berth is 280.4 meters long with alongside depth of 10.4 meters. The terminal has off-dock rail service and an almost 11.4?thousand square meter covered warehouse. The facility has capacity to load 1300 tons per hour.
Tampa Juice Service, importing and exporting frozen juice concentrate and exporting tallow, operates at the Port of Tampa's Berth 205 (more than 176.7 meters long with alongside depth of just over 10.3 meters).
Berth 220 in the Port of Tampa handles construction materials and aggregates. Operated by Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., this multi-user Port of Tampa dock has three dolphins for self-discharging vessels. The berth is 274.3 meters long with alongside depth of over 11.7 meters. Also at Berth 220, SATCO, Inc. handles sulfuric acid.
Berths 226 and 227 are located at a multi-user dock in the Port of Tampa that handles anhydrous ammonia and petroleum products. Each berth is 268.2 meters long with alongside depth of almost 12.2 meters. C.F. Industries, Inc. operates the Ammonia Terminal which is served by dock-to-facility pipelines. TPSI Terminal LLC and Murphy Oil Company handle petroleum products at these Port of Tampa berths. Amalie Oil Company, operating at Berth 227, handles lube oil. Central Florida Pipeline LLC/Kinder Morgan LLC handle petroleum products and Berths 226 and 227 and at Berth 223. Berth 223 is 228.6 meters long with alongside depth of 10.2 meters.
Cargill's Grain Division handles outbound bulk agricultural commodities and inbound grains at the Port of Tampa's Berth 256. The berth serves a grain elevator, an export terminal, 25 silos with total capacity for one million bushels of cargo, and two sheds. Berth 256 is 230.4 meters long with alongside depth of almost 10.2 meters.
General cargo facilities in the Port of Tampa include the Ports America Berths (Berths 201, 202, 208, 209, 210, and 211). These berths are a total of over 1.5 kilometers long and handle cargoes of steel products, vehicles, project cargoes, heavy lift cargoes, and forest products. The multi-user docks are equipped with a 100-ton lift mobile crane, on-dock rail services, and reefer cargo facilities operated by Ports America Terminal Operations in the Port of Tampa. The berths contain a total of over 53 thousand square meters of transit sheds. The facilities include a container freight station, bonded warehouse storage, reefer outlets, and ample container and general cargo handling equipment.
Berths 206, 209, 210, and 211 in the Port of Tampa are all 182.88 meters long, with alongside depth of 8.53, 10.62, 10.82, and 11.63, respectively. Berth 206 has an 8.9 thousand square meters transit shed, and Berth 209 has an almost 5.6 thousand square meter transit shed. Berth 210 has a 4.6 thousand square meter transit shed, and Berth 211 has an over 8.7 thousand square meter transit shed. Berths 201, 202, and 208 all have alongside depth of 10.36 meters, and their length is 275.54, 228.6, and 276.45 meters, respectively. Each of these Port of Tampa berths also has a transit shed. The transit shed at Berth 201 is almost 8 thousand square meters, at Berth 202 is over 9.2 thousand square meters, and at Berth 208 is almost 7.9 thousand square meters.
Other berths in the Port of Tampa also handle general cargoes. OneSteel Recycling, Inc. handles scrap metal at their scrap metal processing terminal at Berth 1, which is 198.12 meters long with alongside depth of 10.29 meters. Trademark Metal Recycling handles scrap metal at the Port of Tampa multi-user Berth 219, which is 263.65 meters long with alongside depth of 12.5 meters.
The Port of Tampa Container Terminal is located at Berths 212 and 213. The facility is served by 13-meter deep-water channels. Totaling 640 meters in length, the berths are equipped with three gantry cranes and 16.2 hectares of paved storage. The terminal is also planned to be expanded to 56.7 hectares, and the berths are to be lengthened to 823 meters. These expansions will bring this Port of Tampa terminal capacity to 750 thousand TEUs. Berth 212 is currently 243.84 meters long with alongside depth of 12.19 meters, and Berth 213 is 396.24 meters long with alongside depth of 13.11 meters.
The Port of Tampa has a total of 9.3 hectares of warehouse and transit shed storage space that are operated by the Ports America Group. Dry storage is available at Berths 201, 202, 206, 208, 209, and 210. Reefer outlets and cold storage facilities are located at Berth 211 (8.7 thousand square meters). Covered storage is located at the Port of Tampa's CES facility (nearly 1.9 thousand square meters) near Berth 201, and two warehouses provide dry storage area of 40.5 thousand square meters at Berths 250, 251, and 252.
The Port of Tampa has ship-building and repair services. At Berths 251 and 252, Gulf Marine Repair provide full-service ship and barge repairs. International Ship Repair and Marine Services offers similar support at Berths 200, 206, 263, 264, and 265. Tampa Ship LLC offers full-service ship repair and building facilities, with four dry docks, at the Port of Tampa's Berths 235, 237, 239, 240, and 241.
The Port of Tampa offers three cruise terminals and a total of 555 meters of berths to serve cruise passengers and vessels. Cruise Terminal #2, located at Berths 271, 272, and 273, is a state-of-the-art facility and home to Carnival Cruise Line. This Port of Tampa terminal is adjacent to both the Channelside Bay Plaza and the Florida Aquarium. Berths 271 and 272 are each 281.88 meters long with alongside depth of 9.53 and 10.06 meters, respectively. Berth 273 is 189.28 meters long with alongside depth of 10.06 meters.
Cruise Terminal #3 in the Port of Tampa, served by Berth 269, is a state-of-the-art passenger terminal for Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Located within walking distance of the Florida Aquarium and Channelside Bay Plaza, this Port of Tampa passenger berth is 81.99 meters long with alongside depth of 10.36 meters.
The Port of Tampa's Cruise Terminal #6 is a full-service passenger terminal near downtown. The terminal offers a total of 480 meters in three berths (Berths 266, 267, and 268). Berth 266 is 114.3 meters long with alongside depth of 8.53 meters. Berths 267 and 268 are both 182.88 meters long with alongside depth of 9.3 meters.