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USA - Expansion of Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay – renamed from Port of Tampa in early 2014 – is to invest heavily in its infrastructure with a view to maintaining its position as Florida’s largest port. As well as being one of the USA’s top 10 cruise ports, Tampa handles a wide range of cargo, from bulk and breakbulk to containers and ro-ro traffic. It is also a major center for shipbuilding and shiprepair. The port has been granted US$12 million to expand the capacity at its container terminal by investing in post panamax gantry cranes to handle the growing number of larger containerships calling Tampa. The container terminal covers about 40 acres and has a capacity of 250,000 teu; but it could be expanded to 160 acres and 1 million teu. In addition, a 19 acre site is being developed to include a refrigerated warehouse and 17,500 ft of railroad. The port has also received US$1.7 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for three security-related projects: a new public safety complex; a new port security boat and ramp; and a new 100 ft high security tower.