Nov 12 2015

Virginia Zimmermann
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Office 941-722-6621
Cell 941-932-1006

PALMETTO, Fla. –Thanks to its wide-ranging capabilities to handle a variety of cargo types, Port Manatee has been recognized by Global Trade magazine as one of the Top 20 Niche Ports in the United States.

“Port Manatee is honored to be named as one of the nation’s leading niche seaports,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “This recognition underscores the success of Port Manatee’s dynamic diversification strategy and well-planned capital investments.”

Buqueras noted that the Global Trade list, which does not ascribe individual ranks to the ports, includes several of the busiest U.S. ports, such as the Port of Houston, the No. 1 U.S. foreign tonnage port, and the Port of South Louisiana, the largest total tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere. Port Manatee is one of just two Florida ports to make the list, the other being Jacksonville.

“Port Manatee is certainly in good company on this prestigious list,” Buqueras said.

The Global Trade article specifically cites Port Manatee’s ability to accommodate roll-on/roll-off vessels carrying such cargos as automobile, buses and trucks, as well as the expansion of the port’s Berth 12 and 14 waterfront infrastructure to encompass 1,600 feet of contiguous berthing area.

Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, 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, without levying ad-valorem taxes.

Concrete trucks arrive via a roll-on/roll-off vessel at Port Manatee, which has been recognized as one of the top U.S. niche ports, in part for its ability to handle such rolling cargos.