Port Manatee to get Regional Rail Link

Port Manatee has reached agreement for Regional Rail LLC to operate its seaport-owned short-line railroad through at least 2036, with options through 2051, advancing extended business opportunities for Manatee County’s rapidly growing seaport.Under an agreement to take effect Dec. 1, Port Manatee Railroad LLC is to be operated as a subsidiary of Kennett Square, PA-based Regional Rail, which already operates seven other U.S. short-line railroads, including three others in Florida, ... [+]

World Direct Shipping adds vessel to Mexico services

Port Manatee-based World Direct Shipping is expanding its fast-growing weekly services crossing the Gulf of Mexico, deploying a significantly larger third company-owned vessel, introducing a fleet of 53-foot-long ocean containers, adding a fourth Mexican port of call and employing more than 30 workers at the port. “The continuing advancement of ... [+]

Port Manatee extends agreement with fuels firm

Port Manatee looks to continue to serve the fuel needs of Southwest and Central Florida motorists for at least another 25 years under a renewed agreement slated to take effect May 1. As approved April 20 by the Manatee County Port Authority, Denver-based TransMontaigne Terminals LLC, which has been operating ... [+]

Port Manatee celebrates 50 years as regional economic engine

Port Manatee is celebrating a half century as a powerful regional economic catalyst and global commercial hub. Consequently, October 29 was proclaimed Port Manatee Day in recognition of the 50-year anniversary of the diverse port’s dedication.“As the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, perfectly positioned ... [+]

Port Manatee container trade surges 54.6% in fiscal 2020

Port Manatee’s dynamic containerized cargo trade continues to swell at a record pace, surging nearly 55% in the just-ended fiscal year, according to figures reported on Oct. 13. In the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, an all-time-high 88,466 TEU container units crossed Port Manatee docks, up 54.6% from the ... [+]

Port Manatee achieves homeland security C-TPAT recertification

With its implementation of enhanced cybersecurity measures, Port Manatee has earned federal recertification as a member of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program. “As a member of the C-TPAT homeland security program, Port Manatee is able to streamline the clearance of import shipments ... [+]

Port Manatee advances $8.3 million expansion

Port Manatee is advancing an $8.3 million project to nearly double the size of its dockside container yard with approval July 28 of a construction contract by the Manatee County Port Authority. The container yard expansion, targeted for June 2021 completion, promises to add 9.3 acres to the existing 10-acre ... [+]

Port Manatee registers $3.9 billion annual economic impact

Port Manatee’s annual economic impact comes in at more than $3.9 billion, with the port directly and indirectly generating 27,156 jobs, according to a report released on May 19 to the Manatee County Port Authority. “As this new study underscores, Port Manatee is abundantly fulfilling its mission to serve as ... [+]

Port Manatee opens transfer facility, maximizing vital throughput

A new throughput-maximizing facility opened in early April at Port Manatee is helping speed shipments of fresh produce to consumers of Florida and beyond. Port Manatee’s newly unveiled transfer facility, with room for 120 trailers, optimizes capabilities for expediting movement of cargo by freeing up near-dock yard space for ... [+]

Port Manatee’s Zimmermann named International Propeller Club Member of Year

Port Manatee’s senior communications manager, Virginia Zimmermann, is The International Propeller Club of the United States’ International Member of the Year, selected from among more than 6,000 members throughout the world. Zimmermann received the global honor at an Oct. 17 luncheon during the maritime industry group’s 93rd annual International Convention and ... [+]

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