Port Facts

Port Manatee handles approximately 8 million tons of cargo each year.

Primary Cargoes

  • 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 Cargoes


Top Imports and Exports

  Petroleum Products Import Top Imports and Exports
  Cement Products Import
  Fertilizer Export
  Forestry Products Import
  Fruit Import
  Orange Juice Import and Export
  Natural Gas Import
  Automobiles Export

Port Manatee has more than one million square feet of public warehouse and office space, featuring 202,000 square feet of refrigerated space, including 30,000 square feet of freezer space. The port offers nearly one-and-one-half miles of berthing for ships. Another 800 feet of deepwater berthing was completed in 2013 with the expansion of  Berth 12 resulting in a new berth, Berth 14.



  • Port Manatee is located in the eastern Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Tampa Bay.
  • It is regarded as the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal.
  • The port is located in west central Florida on the Gulf Coast.
  • Eight million Floridians live within two hours of Port Manatee.
  • With thousands of acres of nearby vacant land, Port Manatee has room to grow.
  • Latitude 27° 38’ 3” north, Longitude 83° 33’ 30” west.


Highway Connectivity

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

  Nearby Interstates and Highways
  Nearby Interstates and HighwaysInterstate 4
Interstate 75
Interstate 275
U.S. Highway 41
U.S. Highway 19
U.S. Highway 301
  Operating 24 hours a day to accommodate customer needs, Port Manatee’s railroad connects to the CSX mainline with a 1,835-horsepower switch engine and nearly eight miles of track, 19 switches, nine crossings and 300-plus car capacity.

Reefer Plugs

 Reefer Plugs... 168          Portable Receptacles... 80

Manatee Harbor Channel

  • The port is 12 miles from the 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 water
  • Width: 400 feet at toe of slope

Port Manatee Turning Basin

  • Diameter: 1,300 feet


  • Berths 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14:      40-foot draft at mean-low-water

Maximum Vessel Length

  • Panamax

Foreign Trade Zone 169.


Two Gottwald Mobile Harbor Container Cranes                            
Multi-purpose cranes handling containers, project, heavy-lift, bulk, breakbulk and general cargo.

  • Lifting capacity: 100 tons at 80 feet
  • Reach: 13-container-wide reach
  • Container moves: up to 25 containers per hour
  • Maximum radius: 167 feet
  • Hoisting speed: 100 tons – 66 feet per minute; 45 tons – 132 feet per minute
  • Height: 131 feet
  • Height from ground with boom elevated to 36 feet radius point: 257 feet
  • Eye view from operator’s cab: 85 feet
  • Crane weight operational: 420 tons
Foreign Trade Zone


Scale House

  Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday though Friday.
Available 24 hours a day with advance notice

Distance From Port Manatee To:

Distance From Port Manatee

  Bradenton     12 miles

Atlanta, Ga.

      490 miles
  Sarasota 24 miles Charleston, S.C. 491 miles
  St. Petersburg 24 miles Mobile, Ala. 549 miles
  Tampa 41 miles Charlotte, N.C. 636 miles
  Lakeland 63 miles New Orleans, La. 691 miles
  Ft. Myers 96 miles Nashville, Tenn. 739 miles
  Orlando 112 miles Richmond, Va. 853 miles
  Naples 136 miles Washington, D.C. 936 miles
  Miami 249 miles Houston, Texas 1,014 miles
  Jacksonvile 252 miles Indianapolis, Ind. 1,025 miles
  Tallahassee 308 miles Chicago, Ill. 1,209 miles
  Savannah, Ga. 366 miles    

Manatee County and Tampa Bay At a Glance

Manatee County is home to more than 318,176 residents and is growing at a faster rate than Tampa Bay’s neighboring Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. 

Manatee County
  Population (2012) 329.828
  Projected Population (2017) 349.213
  Median Household Income (2009 estimate) $47.910

SOURCE: United States Census Bureau, mymanatee.org

Tampa Bay
(The communities of Bradenton, Clearwater, Lakeland, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa. The counties of Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.)
  Population (2013) 4.3 million
  Population projection (2018) 5.5 million
  Median Household Income $41,404

SOURCE: 2014 Tampa Bay Partnership