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Port Manatee receives first Carver Maritime shipment

[ February 14, 2019   //   ]

Port Manatee received its first shipment for its newest terminal operator, Carver Maritime Manatee LLC, with the February 6 arrival of a ship bringing nearly 50,000 tons of raw material to be used in Florida cement manufacturing.
Officials of Carver and Port Manatee shared enthusiasm and indicated additional shipments to the 47,650 metric tons of the bulk material brought from Europe on the Osprey I should soon be arriving at the Central-Southwest Florida Gulf Coast port.
“Our first experience at Port Manatee has been nothing but an absolute pleasure,” said Stephen Kelly, Carver’s senior vice president of sales and business development. “The people of Port Manatee have been extremely supportive, informative and cooperative. Carver Maritime Manatee is looking forward to bringing more such shipments into Port Manatee in the near future.”
Since entering last August into an agreement with Port Manatee that could extend for as many as 20 years, Carver has extensively renovated a 10-acre cargo facility with deepwater access, including rehabilitating a 1,400-foot-long conveyor system on the leased site.
The Port Manatee facility is the third maritime endeavor for Carver Companies, which was founded in 1989. The first, the Port of Coeymans, is a 400-acre privately owned and operated maritime industrial complex, opened in 2007 on the Hudson River, 10 miles south of Albany, New York, which has handled such cargos as the steel beams used in reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The second was established in 2016 on a former naval base property in North Charleston, South Carolina, and now encompasses 40 acres of industrial laydown and warehousing.