Port of Tampa

'Big Ship Era' Soon To Dock In Florida

Jul 3, 2016

A vessel displaying a Marshall Islands flag --- loaded with electronics, clothes, recyclables, and other consumer items from Shanghai, Tokyo and Busan --- will make its way through the new locks of the Panama Canal over the Independence Day holiday.

By the end of next week, the MOL Majesty will arrive at PortMiami, setting off a waterside celebration and marking what local port officials are proclaiming the start of the "new big ship era."

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The dense sea fog that's hung around offshore since Monday continues to cause problems for local ports.

However, a break is finally in sight for 2,500 cruise ship passengers - including members of the Ohio State University football team - who've been going in circles in Tampa Bay for the last day and a half.

Port of Tampa

The Tampa Bay area has three options when it comes to the future of its cruise ship industry - and two of them would cost a lot of money.

That's the conclusion reached in a Florida Department of Transportation study released Tuesday.

Funding Flows to Ports, Including Port Tampa Bay

May 19, 2014
Port Tampa Bay

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday celebrated the soon-to-open, $915 million PortMiami tunnel.

And when the new state budget arrives on his desk, Scott will get to decide on spending $139 million more over the next year to continue the rush to upgrade Florida's seaports.

The port funding --- tied to expanding global trade and attracting the larger cargo ships expected to traverse a widened Panama Canal --- has been packaged at more than $117 million for the fourth consecutive year.

Tampa Port Authority

The Port of Tampa will soon say "guten tag" to its fifth cruise line.

German cruise line AIDA Cruises (note: website is mainly in German) will base its AIDAvita ship out of the port starting in December 2014.

In winter 2015, the AIDAmar will takes its place in sailing out of Tampa.

"AIDA Cruises' announcement to come to Tampa is a milestone for us, not only at the port, but for all of our tourism and economic development partners in the region," Tampa Port Authority president and CEO Paul Anderson said in a press release.

Gov. Scott said the Florida Department of Transportation's work program will include additional investments of $9.7 million for a container yard at Port Canaveral, $10.4 million for a container yard at the Port of Tampa and $14.7 million to support the "Turning Notch" project at Port Everglades. In announcing the new plans for Canaveral, Tampa and Port Everglades, the governor's office said $642 million has been allocated since Scott took office in 2011 for port projects, including expansions at the ports in Miami and Jacksonville. There also have been terminal and rail upgrades at Tampa.

Tampa Fire Rescue


Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Lonnie Benniefield tells the Tampa Bay Times that a downtown Tampa resident called authorities just before 9 a.m., complaining of eye irritation. Fire crews dispatched to the port found a  small fire inside a sulfur tank.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a suspicious package discovered Thursday morning at the Port of Tampa did not contain explosives. Terminal 3 had been shut down as a precaution after two specially trained K-9s alerted to the same item at a dock near a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.


The suspicious package that prompted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to shut down Terminal 3 at the Port of Tampa turned out to be nothing more than a package of liquor.

Sheriff's officials say that during a routine cargo screening shortly after 9 a.m. today, a specially trained K-9 alerted to an item on the Terminal 3 dock near a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. A second K-9 was brought in and also alerted to the same item.


The 100th Anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter TAMPA will be celebrated in Tampa with public tours of the vessel Saturday.

One of the people invited to President Obama's speech at the Port of Tampa is Eileen Rodriguez, director for the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida.

She's been working with the SBDC since 1997, providing one-on-one confidential counseling and teachings seminars in English and Spanish on small business start-up, international trade, and women and minority certification.