Port of tampa

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The Port of Tampa is the largest port in the state of Florida. It is located on the western coast or Suncoast of Florida, approximately 25 miles from open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The boundaries of the Port district includes parts of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, McKay Bay, Old Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River.

The Port of Tampa currently ranks 16th in the United States by tonnage, and first in Florida.[1] Cargo shipping includes bulk and tanker ships, as well as roll-on/roll-off ships and container cargo ships. The port additionally operates ship repair facilities. Currently connected to major Asian container ports, with global connections, the port is focused on growing its container trade. Millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements are underway or in the planning phase.

Tampa is also one of America's most popular departure ports for western Caribbean cruises. Four cruise lines sail from the port: Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line. The cruise port has been growing since the 1990s. It has 3 cruise terminals. Nearby attractions include Channelside, The Florida Aquarium, and Ybor City.

Weekly containerized cargo service is available in the Port of Tampa. Ports America operates two container berths, three gantry cranes, a 100 ton Mobile Harbor Crane and a container terminal. Zim American Integrated Shipping Company has been providing global connections to the Port of Tampa for the past ten years. MSC has recently partnered with Zim on a joint service connecting the Port of Tampa to an additional global network. The port's longest running container carrier Tropical Shipping recently ceased operations in the Port of Tampa. Horizon Lines also made a short lived attempt to provide service to the port but quickly pulled the plug. Currently 3,000 to 4,250 TEU containerships regularly call the Port of Tampa.


The Port of Tampa is located in the Channelside district of Tampa. The cruise terminal and port headquarters are located along Channelside Drive. [2] [3] The nearest major highway to the port is the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, which runs along the northern edge of the port. Elevated, reversible lanes on the expressway run from Meridian Avenue (three blocks west of the cruise terminal) to Interstate 75 and the suburb of Brandon.

A significant amount of truck traffic to/from the port travels from Interstate 4, down along the urban streets of Ybor City, one of just two National Historic Districts in Florida. [4] Under construction, the Interstate 4 – Selmon Expressway Connector is a 1.1-mile (1.8 km) highway which will have exclusive truck lanes to route truck traffic from Interstate 4 directly to the Port of Tampa, allowing thousands of trucks each day to bypass Ybor City and travel directly between the Port and interstate system. [4] [5] [6] The connector is expected to be completed in late 2013. [4]


External links

  • Tampa Port Authority
  • Tampa Cruises

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