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Huge Cargo Cranes Unveiled at Port Tampa Bay

Jul 22, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott was at Port Tampa Bay today to unveil two huge cranes that will allow port workers to unload cargo from larger ships going through the newly-widened Panama Canal. 

Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio pushed a ceremonial button that activated a pair of towering gantries at Tampa's port. The 30-story cranes are part of a $24 million effort by the state and the port to accommodate larger ships coming from the Panama Canal.

"The Panama Canal has done their expansion, so we have these two cranes that are going to allow us to do post-Panamax ships," Scott said. "But the most important thing, it's going to allow these people up here and other people around the state get great jobs."

Scott says since he's been governor, the state has invested more than $1 billion  in the state's ports. He says there are 680,000 jobs tied to Florida's ports.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in front of the new gantries
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News