Port Facts

Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs regionally, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.

Key Commodities

Port Manatee handles approximately 8 million tons of cargo each year representing a diverse range of import and export commodities.

Primary imports include:

  • Tropical fruits and vegetables
  • Citrus juices and beverages
  • Forestry products
  • Refined petroleum products
  • Finished phosphate fertilizers
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Cement and cement clinker
  • Steel
  • Project cargo such as power plant and bridge components, heavy machinery and over-sized vehicles

Primary exports include:

  • Finished phosphate products
  • Citrus Juices
  • Construction and road building equipment
  • Used vehicles
  • LNG Heat Exchangers
  • Power Generation Units

Location

Port Manatee is conveniently located near the entrance to Tampa Bay in west-central Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico. It is regarded as the closest U.S. seaport on Tampa Bay to the expanding Panama Canal, as well as burgeoning Mexican manufacturing centers.

Eight million Florida residents live within a two-hour-drive of Port Manatee, and the majority of Florida’s nearly 89 million annual visitors may be found within a three mile drive.

Excellent Road, Rail Links

Port Manatee offers exceptional highway connections, with a 60-mph access to Interstate 75 and Interstate 275, as well as Interstate 4. Trucks leaving Port Manatee reach i-75 and I-275 in less than four minutes via U.S. Highway 41 without encountering one single stoplight.

Port Manatee’s short line railroad directly connects to the CSX Corp. mainline, which is less than 1 mile from the port’s north gate. To accommodate customers’ demands, the shoreline is available to operate 24 hours a day. It features two new switcher engines and nearly 7 miles of track, 19 switches, nine crossing and a 300-plus rail car capacity

Facts & Figures

Port property

1,100 acres

Surrounding available property

Nearly 5,000 acres

Laydown area

70 acres

Foreign Trade Zone

169

Reefer Plugs

168 plus 80 portable receptacles

Warehouse and Office Space

1 million square feet

Refrigerated Warehouse Space

207,000 square feet

Freezer Space

30,000 square feet

Berthing Area

10 berths, each maintained at 40-foot design draft at mean low water

Turning Basin

1,300 feet

Maximum Vessel Length

Panamax

Manatee Harbor Channel

12 miles from Egmont Key Pilot station, including 2.95 miles from the intersection of Cut B in the main Tampa Bay Shipping Channel
Draft 40 feet at mean low wter
Width:400 feet at toe of slope

Cranes

Two Gottwald HMK 6407 mobile harbor cranes. Tandem lift capacity 165, single lift capacity 100 pounds

Truck scale

Available 24 hours a day with advance notice. Regular hours 7:30 am to 6 p.m

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