Tampa Bay gets federal grant to expand container terminal
Tampa Bay Gets Federal Grant to Expand Container Terminal
Port Tampa Bay has received $19.8 million in federal funds toward the expansion of its container yard and the construction of a second 1,300-foot berth that will allow it to handle larger container ships. The US Department of Transportation Infrastructure for Rebuilding American (INFRA) grant will be used to speed the construction of the berth, capable of handling vessels in the 8,500 to 9,500 TEU range, and a 30-acre container yard. The total cost of the project is nearly $55 million. Tampa has attracted three Asian weekly services in less than three years; the services deploy ships with capacities of about 8,500 TEU.