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 Samara Sodos

Port Tampa Bay

813.468-9882 

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 Steve Finnesy 

Tampa Seafarers Center 

813-247-5237 

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 Port Tampa Bay to Honor Local Maritime Veteran and Support Area Students TAMPA, Fla.—Port Tampa Bay and Tampa Port Ministries Tampa Seafarers Center will honor Terry Fluke, a 32-year Port employee, with the Captain James McKay Lifetime Achievement Award during its 16th Annual Anchor Ball Saturday, October 7, at 6 p.m., at 815 Channelside Dr., Cruise Terminal 2. The Anchor Ball is an annual charity event that supports the Tampa Port Ministries Seafarer’s Center and the Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship, named in honor of George Steinbrenner, undergirds Hillsborough County Schools’ high school maritime studies program, a program created by the Propeller Club of Tampa. The James McKay Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the Scottish-born schooner captain, traditionally acknowledged as a father of the Port, who in the mid-1800s began running ships between Tampa, Mobile and New Orleans, as well as shipping cattle to Cuba. McKay went on to serve as the sixth mayor of Tampa. The award is presented each year to a highly involved, long-time port industry leader. Terry Fluke, this year’s recipient is a veteran maritime industry leader who has contributed greatly to the success of Port Tampa Bay and greater community. Fluke’s career highlights:
  • 1985, Began his career with Port Tampa Bay
  • 1991, Promoted to terminal manager and served as manager through 2009
  • 1995, Led Tampa’s first U.S. Coast Guard industry-led PREP drill
  • 1997, Elected to the board of the Tampa Bay Harbor Safety & Security Committee (TBHSSC) and co-chaired the initial Vessel Movement subcommittee
  • 2006, Elected chairman of the Tampa Bay Harbor Safety & Security Committee TBHSSC and serves as chair today
  • 2009, operations manager for Cargill, Inc., responsible for inbound and outbound vessel operations, cargo loading and unloading and vessel logistical support
 “Terry is known as a consensus builder and leader who unites others for the common good. He is well regarded by all who know him,” said Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO. “Terry has made a tremendous impact on almost every aspect of port operations such as cargo logistics, vessel operations, rulemaking and public policy initiatives, port dredging projects, environmental regulations and emergency response activities.” The International Propeller Club of the United States—Port of Tampa and Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association (PTMIA) join in supporting this annual event. “The Anchor Ball is an apex event of the Tampa Port Ministries and the Seafarers Center,” said Steven Finnesy, chaplain, Tampa Port Ministries. “It’s always a wonderful experience to see the Tampa Bay community come together in support of our mission to touch the lives of the men and women from across the world who visit the port.” 
 About the Tampa Seafarers CenterThe center is operated by Tampa Port Ministries and staffed by dedicated volunteers. The center serves the crews of cargo and cruise ships that visit the port from all over the world, by meeting the physical, social and spiritual needs of seafarers, often of modest means, who spend weeks and months at sea, away from their homes and families. 
 About Port Tampa BayPort Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. Port Tampa Bay was honored as 2016 Best Port Operator by Lloyd’s List. For more information, visit www.portTB.com. For general information about the Anchor Ball, visit www.AnchorBall.org
 About Port Tampa BayPort Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 85,000 jobs and generating over $17 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. Port Tampa Bay was honored as 2016 Best Port Operator by Lloyd’s List. For more information, visit www.portTB.com
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TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay approved a public-private partnership agreement with four other entities to divvy up who will pay for a $60 million widening and extension of the Big Bend Channel.

The strategic partners include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Tampa Electric Co. and Mosaic Co., a global fertilizer company which is one of port's largest tenants along with Tampa Electric. The port's board of commissioners unanimously approved the participation agreement at a monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The Big Bend Channel connects to the Tampa Harbor main channel and will be deepened from 34 feet to 43 feet and widened from 200 feet to 250 feet to accommodate larger ships.

The Army Corps estimates the expansion to cost more than $60 million, but future bids may wind up higher or lower than that. Bids are not expected until March 2018. Project funding from the partners would be due at that time.

The federal government promised $9 million and plans to take over maintenance costs of approximately $1 million, according to Ram Kancharla, vice president of planning and development at the Port Tampa Bay. FDOT has pledged to pay 50 percent of the balance after the federal commitment and has given the port $5.7 million so far. The others — TECO, one of the region’s major power providers, and Mosaic, a global producer of fertilizers, both use the Big Bend Channel. — and will be disproportionately responsible for the remaining funds.

"This is the largest project we have worked on at the port," said Paul Anderson, CEO and president of Port Tampa Bay, adding it's "almost impossible" to get private and public companies to come together to dredge a federal channel. "This is a historic and legacy project."

Separately, Port Tampa Bay on Tuesday also unanimously approved the use of a portion of $4.2 million in Florida Seaports Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) funds to improve two existing berths. The port will pay more than half of the reconstruction costs with the other portion coming from FSTED funds and state grants. The update to Berth 219 will cost $8.6 million and Berth 3 is estimated at $6.3 million.

Port Tampa Bay expects the project to be completed in 2019.

A bipartisan group of Florida members of the House of Representatives penned a letter in March claiming the Big Bend Channel represents a $50 million economic development initiative with the potential to create 8,000 jobs.

The port has also invested $30 million into the growing Port Redwing maritime complex the Big Bend Channel will serve.

The port listed its Big Bend project as one of its strategic priorities in the Vision 2030 Master Plan.

- Port Tampa Bay announced this week that Jamal Sowell has been named director of special projects. Sowell, a former member of the United States Marine Corps, will support internal, external and special projects. He will also assist the executive team with management oversight and serve as a liaison on a wide variety of port business matters.
- Port Tampa Bay, in conjunction with Tampa International Airport, today welcomed the arrival of the airport’s SkyConnect trains from a Mitsubishi factory in Mihara, Japan. Today’s historic event, which included more than 150 guests, represents the first Japanese cargo business exchange of this kind in the United States.
- Port Tampa Bay (PTB) adds another national award to its mantel as the 2017 American Metal Market’s Logistics/Transportation Provider of the Year. The Port was recognized for its expertise and efficiency in handling steel products in front of more than 300 industry peers in New York City during the American Metal Market Awards for Steel Excellence ceremony.
- We welcome Mike Griffin to the Port Tampa Bay Board of Commissioners. Mr. Griffin’s years of experience in the business and commercial real estate community will be an invaluable resource as we continue to grow and strengthen the Port, creating more local jobs and opportunities.
- Port executives and staff welcomed the 660-passenger luxury liner Azamara Quest at the port’s Cruise Terminal 2, on March 23, for a one-time port of call for the cruise season. Raul Alfonso, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, headed a small group of port staff to greet the captain and crew and engage in the exchange of commemorative plaques.
- Port Tampa Bay and partner Port Logistics Refrigerated Services celebrate construction of new cold storage facility with a ceremony held 2/23 on Hooker's Point in the Port Tampa Bay complex. The event, attended by a number of dignitaries including Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and many others, commemorates the construction of a brand new on dock, 134,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art cold storage facility for the import and export of food perishables.
- Port Tampa Bay, Florida’s largest and most diverse seaport, today capped of a year of partnerships, announcements and economic development for 2016, with its annual State of the Port address at one of its downtown cruise terminals, with about 300 port stakeholders, community leaders, elected officials and other partners in attendance—all of whom play an integral role in the port’s success.
- At its regular monthly meeting today, the board agreed to an amended lease arrangement with Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment, Inc. (GCBE), a stevedore and terminal operating firm that has been a licensed operator at the port since 2015. The lease term for their five-acre property at Port Redwing is effective through February 28, 2021.
- Port Tampa Bay today congratulates both the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday and Senate today on passage of a final water resources bill known as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, or WIIN (S. 612). The terms set forth in the new legislation will help the U.S. build and maintain seaport/marine infrastructure with greater efficiency.
- "The Tampa Bay market has always been important to us, and the entire family at Royal Caribbean is excited to give our guests great year-round options to travel on one of our beautiful ships from a world-class port like Port Tampa Bay,” Michael Bayley, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said. “We are thrilled to introduce culture-seeking travelers to Cuba from Tampa and we look forward to continuing to grow our business in Tampa for years to come."
- Port Tampa Bay today announces that Carnival Cruise Line has agreed to extend its commitment to continue offering cruises from Port Tampa Bay through 2021. Carnival Cruise Line, a division of Carnival Corporation, is the largest cruise operator in the world and the only cruise line to base two ships year-round at the Port of Tampa.
- Florida’s largest and most diverse seaport today proudly announced its annual economic impact of $17.2 billion, based on a new, comprehensive economic impact study of 2015 numbers. In tandem with this significant economic contribution, the study also reveals that the number of jobs the port supports is 85,000 direct, indirect, induced and related jobs annually.
- Florida’s largest and most diverse seaport today proudly announced its annual economic impact of $17.2 billion, based on a new, comprehensive economic impact study of 2015 numbers. In tandem with this significant economic contribution, the study also reveals that the number of jobs the port supports is 85,000 direct, indirect, induced and related jobs annually.
- Christyna Doege, has been awarded the honor of 2016 International Business Person of the Year, by the Tampa Bay Organization for Women in International Trade (TB OWIT). This annual award is presented to a local business person who exemplifies high ideals in business professionalism within the realm of international trade. The mission of OWIT is to promote international trade and affairs in the Tampa Bay area and to provide a forum for networking, education, and related activities with a global focus and an emphasis on women.
- TAMPA, Fla.—Port Tampa Bay and the Tampa Port Ministries celebrated the annual Anchor Ball charity event Saturday, October 8, at the port’s Cruise Terminal 3. This exciting annual fundraiser and auction support the day-to-day operations of Tampa Port Ministries, the Tampa Seafarers Center, and provide funds for the Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships benefitting graduates of Hillsborough County Schools’ high school maritime studies program, created by the Port of Tampa Propeller Club chapter.
- Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson has been reappointed as chairman of the Florida Ports Council, an association of the state’s 15 public seaports, headquartered in Tallahassee. The association represents the voice of the port industry in Florida and provides leadership, on both the state and federal levels, in key initiatives that bolster the state’s maritime interests and seaborne trade, domestically and internationally.