Port Tampa Bay, the largest port in Florida, is aiming to expand container capacity by 60% taking advantage of a US$19.8 million federal grant.
These funds are a part of the United States Department of Transportation’s INFRA Grant programme, which recognises innovative projects that improve US infrastructure in critical areas.
Port Tampa Bay will use the grant money to complete the Berth 214 project, which is an intermodal development with the ability to connect cargo arriving by ship to road or rail.
In addition, the port will use the grant to expand its container complex, expediting construction of a new, 396m berth and a 12.14hectare container yard.
Furthermore, Port Tampa Bay will use the grant money to increase the number of deep draft container vessels the port can receive, improve efficiency with a state-of-the-art truck gate and improve rail access.
“This grant, combined with Port Tampa Bay and Florida’s investment, will provide long term-term benefits for the logistics supply chain as Florida’s population growth continues,” explained Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay President and CEO.
In addition to the INFRA grant, the project will be completed with funding from the state, federal government, and the port.