Port Manatee

Port Manatee advances $8.3 million dockside yard expansion
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Port Manatee is advancing an $8.3 million project to nearly double the size of its dockside container yard.

Port Manatee welcoming energy-efficient Del Monte containerships
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Port Manatee is now receiving imports of Central American fruit via the newest energy-efficient refrigerated containerships of longtime port tenant Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.

Bellamy elected to one-year term as Manatee County Port Authority chairman
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Port Manatee container trade surges 54.6 percent in fiscal 2020
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Port Manatee’s dynamic containerized cargo trade continues to swell at a record pace, surging nearly 55 percent in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

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Port Manatee is one of Florida’s largest and fastest growing seaports, handling a variety of cargos.

Bulk

  • Three mobile harbor cranes equipped with clam-buckets
  • 40 feet deep water draft

Break-Bulk

  • Three mobile harbor cranes with a lift capacity of 100 tons each, 165 tons combined
  • New 10 acres intermodal yard

Containers

  • Fast efficient truck turn times
  • Closest US port to the Panama Canal

Project

  • Three mobile harbor cranes, highest tandem lift capacity of any Florida port 
  • 70 acres ample laydown area

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History

In 1965, Manatee County bought 357 acres to launch a Barge Port and Industrial Port which was eventually named Port Manatee. That same year, the Florida legislature created the Manatee County Port Authority. Port Manatee’s official dedication ceremony took place in October 1970.

Even before its formal dedication ceremony, Port Manatee received its first vessel call, with 2,000 tons of Korean plywood being offloaded from the 576-foot-long M/V Fermland on Aug. 1, 1970. Eight-two days later, on Oct. 29, 1970, the formal dedication ceremony was held for the fledgling port.

1950

1950 Community leaders looked south from the Piney Point ferry landing in the early 1950s and envisioned a thriving seaport to promote trade and commerce, provide a steady tax base for the community and create new jobs in Manatee County.

1965

1965 Manatee County purchased 357 acres near Piney Point for $900 an acre to launch the Barge Port and Industrial Port, later renamed Port Manatee.

1965

1965 Florida Legislature passes the Manatee County Port Authority Act, officially creating the port and its oversight board.

1970s

1970s Port Manatee primarily served the petroleum and phosphate industries. Petroleum tank farms and fertilizer warehouses dotted the landscape where little else existed.

Aug. 7, 1970

Aug. 7, 1970

Aug. 7, 1970 The M/V Fermland was the first ship to dock at Port Manatee.

Oct. 29, 1970

Oct. 29, 1970

Oct. 29, 1970 Official port dedication ceremony.

1971

1971 Port Manatee hosts the largest ship to ever call on Tampa Bay at the time, the 732-foot Zenkoren Maru No. 5 carrying 12,000 tons of potash.

1980s

1980s

1980s Refined petroleum and phosphates are the port’s major commodities. Scrap metal, waste paper and plywood also play key roles in the port’s development.

1980s

1980s

1980s Berth 11 was built on the south side of the port creating opportunities for new tenants at Port Manatee

1980s

1980s Berth 12 provided key services for the reconstruction of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

1983

1983 Eastern Portland Cement Company, owner of four 170-foot silos, begins importing cement at Port Manatee.

1989

1989 Fresh Del Monte Produce begins operations at the port. The Port Manatee terminal becomes its second largest U.S. facility.

1990

1990 Port Manatee awarded Foreign Trade Zone No. 169.

1990s

1990s

1990s Warehouse 6 was built for Del Monte’s facility.

1992

1992 David L. McDonald PPM® named port director.

1993 – 2003

1993 – 2003

1993 – 2003 Regal Cruises sailed from the cruise terminal at Berth 9.

2001

2001 Construction began on the Gulfstream Natural Gas system pipeline, bringing natural gas through Port Manatee.

2001

2001

2001 Internationally recognized seagrass transplant project began, resulting in 25 acres of new seagrass meadows in Tampa Bay.

2003

2003

2003 Manbirtee Key transformed into a bird refuge in partnership with Gulfstream Natural Gas System and Audubon of Florida.

2007

2007

2007 The 174,000 square-foot Warehouse 11, Port Manatee’s largest warehouse completed.

2007

2007

2007 Gottwald HMK 6407 Mobile Harbor Container Crane made its first pick, opening the door to a new era of container shipping at Port Manatee.

2009

2009

2009 Port Manatee signs strategic alliance with the Panama Canal becoming the 10th U.S. port to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Panama Canal Authority.

2009

2009 The Manatee County Port Authority approves the first phase of the port’s $750 million master plan. The plan calls for a dedicated container terminal on the port’s south side adjacent to the expanded 1,584-foot Berth 12, a second mobile harbor container crane, new cold storage facilities, berth upgrades, land acquisitions and permits for a new container terminal on the port’s north side.

2009

2009 The Port Manatee Encouragement Zone is established to attract major shippers and to entice the relocation of distribution facilities and support industries to a vast green field area neighboring the port.

2012

2012 Carlos Buqueras named Port Manatee executive director.

2013

2013 Port Manatee finished construction of the initial 10 acres of the first phase of the South Port Intermodal Terminal, a planned 52-acre containerized cargo and vehicle-handling facility. Also completed is the development of the 40-foot-draft Berth 14, which, combined with the adjacent Berth 12, provides 1600 feet of contiguous berthing area.

Today

Today Port Manatee adds more than $3.9 billion annually in regional economic impact and supports more than 27,000 jobs.


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About Port Manatee

ONE OF FLORIDA’S LARGEST AND FASTEST-GROWING DEEPWATER SEAPORTS. 

Port-Manatee Crane photo

Located in the eastern Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Tampa Bay, Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal – providing shippers with speedy access to Pacific Rim market

The port and its partners move more than 9 million tons of containerized, breakbulk, bulk, and project cargo each year including fresh produce, forestry products, petroleum products, citrus juice products, fertilizer, steel, aluminum, automobiles, cement, aggregate and more.

Port Manatee is Fresh Del Monte Produce’s second-largest U. S. port facility and is also the Southeast’s leading forestry product importer.

As a leading economic engine, Port Manatee adds more than $3.9 billion dollars annually in regional economic impact and supports more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Mission Statement

The mission of Port Manatee is to be a powerful catalyst of countywide economic growth and hub of trade-related activity, by developing diversified and competitive deepwater shipping facilities and conducting maritime-related activities in a profitable and environmentally responsible manner.

Adopted in open session June 19, 1996


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Governing Board

Port Manatee is a dependent special district created by the Florida Legislature in 1967. The port’s governing body is the seven-member Manatee County Port. Members serve four-year staggered terms with annual elections of officers. The authority sets policy and oversees major expenditures for the port. Manatee County

While the Manatee County Port Authority is comprised of the same seven members as the elected Manatee County Commission – each governing body has a separate set of officers and financial accountability. 

Port Manatee is not considered a unit of Manatee County Government and does not receive ad-valorem tax support from the citizens of Manatee County.


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Port Facts

Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal, serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavy lift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $3.9 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.

Key Commodities

The more than 9 million tons of cargo moving through Port Manatee each year include a broad range of commodities, representing imports and exports to countries of Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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
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Port-Manatee aerial Photo

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 to the Panama Canal, as well as burgeoning Mexican manufacturing centers.

More than eight million Florida residents live within a two-hour-drive of Port Manatee, and the majority of Florida’s 130 million annual visitors may be found within a three-hour 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 Interstate 75 and I-275 in as few than four minutes via U.S. Highway 41.

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 short line is available to port users on a 24/7 basis. The short line features two modern switcher engines and nearly 7 miles of track, offering a capacity of more than 300 rail cars.

Port-Manatee Railroad image

Facts & Figures

Truck scale operations

Port Manatee’s scale house is available 24 hours a day with advance notice, with regular hours of operation of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Abundant warehouse space

Port Manatee offers more than 1 million square feet of public warehouse and office space, featuring 207,000 square feet of refrigerated space.

Large laydown area

Port Manatee offers approximately 70 acres of laydown area.

40-foot-draft channel

Port Manatee is just 12 miles from the Egmont Key pilot station, including 2.95 miles from the intersection of Cut B with the main Tampa Bay Shipping Channel.

The channel and berthing areas are maintained at the design depth of 40 feet at mean low water.

The channel width at the toe of slope is 400 feet.

The turning basin has a diameter of 1,300 feet, capable of accommodating Panamax vessels.

Ten 40-foot-depth berths

Berths 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 are each maintained at 40-foot design draft at mean low water.

Plentiful refrigerated plugs

Port Manatee offers 328 stationary refrigerated plugs plus 120 portable receptacles, for a total reefer plug capacity of 448.

Multiple cranes

Port Manatee offers two Gottwald HMK 6407 mobile harbor cranes and one Liebherr mobile harbor crane capable of handling containers, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift and general cargos at multiple berth locations.

Gottwald crane specifications:

  • Greatest tandem lift capability of any Florida port authority (165 tons)
  • Lift capacity of each crane of 100 tons at 80 feet
  • Reach capability across 13-container width
  • Each able to move as many as 25 containers per hour
  • Hoisting speeds of 66 feet per minute for 100 tons, 132 feet per minute for 45 tons
  • Maximum radius each of 167 feet
  • Height each of 131 feet
  • Height each of 257 feet from ground with boom elevated to 36-foot radius point
  • Eye view from operator’s cab of 85 feet
  • Operational weight each of 460 tons

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Leadership

Port Manatee’s senior management understand the unique features and benefits of the Tampa Bay region’s maritime community and are deeply engaged in the ever-changing world of international trade.


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Customer Service Staff

Port Manatee’s day-to-day operations are managed by a dedicated team of transportation professionals.


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Planning & Development

Planning & Development Photo

The Manatee County Port Authority approved the latest update of Port Manatee’s $750 million master plan in 2016. It provides a strategic vision and framework for continued diverse growth of the port for the coming decade and beyond while concentrating on generating local, regional, and statewide economic benefits.

A primary focus of the plan includes attracting containerized shipping to the port and related support industries, which would make productive use of the Port Manatee Encouragement Zone. Other highlights of the plan include berth and container terminal expansions, comprehensive environmental mitigation strategies and road and railroad enhancements.

The authority’s approval of the plan does not authorize any capital expenditures. The merits of each component of the plan are reviewed and approved individually by the Manatee County Port Authority with corresponding project financing strategies and return on investment analysis.

Download Master Plan
Download Master Plan

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Business

Queen B Ship

Tampa Bay’s Port Manatee is undeniably unique. With nearly 5,000 acres of largely undeveloped land just outside the port’s gates, Port Manatee has room to grow. The port offers major incentives to entice the relocation and development of distribution centers within the Florida International Gateway. And, shippers don’t face landside gridlock thanks to fast access to Interstates 75 and 275 and Port Manatee’s own railroad connecting to CSX rail lines. Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal and it is a short distance from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.


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Agenda

Manatee County Port Authority meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. on the third floor of the Port Manatee Intermodal Center, 1905 Intermodal Circle, Palmetto, FL  34221.  The public is welcome.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings have shifted to the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

2021 Notice of Meetings Resolution (PDF)

Next scheduled meeting:

A meeting of the Manatee County Port Authority will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 9 am or as soon as is practicable, in the Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers on the first floor of the County Administrative Center at 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL.
Manatee County Port Authority Agenda February 23, 2021 (PDF)
 
If you have any questions, please call Teresa Daugherty at 941-721-2395.

Manatee County Port Authority minutes can be accessed through the Manatee Clerk of Circuit Court


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Cargo

As a diverse global gateway, Port Manatee can handle a variety of bulk, break bulk, containerized and heavy lift project cargos. Port Manatee offers excellent highway connectivity, a congestion free environment as well as on-dock-rail.

Added to support Port Manatee’s cargo mix are the two Gottwald HMK 6407 mobile harbor cranes capable of handling a variety of commodities at multiple berth locations. These cranes each have a lift capacity of 100 tons at 80 feet and a tandem lift capacity of 165 tons making this the highest tandem lift capacity of any Florida Port. Port Manatee’s 70 acres of laydown area with competitive free time as well as 1200 PSF capacity make it a competitive choice for project cargo.

Bulk

  • Three mobile harbor cranes equipped with clam-buckets
  • 40 feet deep water draft
  • Previously handled bulk commodities include bulk juices, aggregates, and agricultural products

Break-Bulk

  • Three mobile harbor cranes with a lift capacity of 100 tons each
  • 20 acres intermodal yard
  • Ample laydown area of 70 acres
  • Up to 60 days free time
  • Previously handled breakbulk commodities include vehicles, lumber, steel coils, ingots, rebar, fruits and vegetables

Containers

  • Fast efficient truck turn times
  • Three mobile harbor cranes can handle 25-30 lifts an hour
  • Closest US port to the Panama Canal
  • Two to three day transit time to Central American and Mexican ports

Project

  • Three mobile harbor cranes, highest tandem lift capacity of any Florida port
  • 70 acres ample laydown area
  • Free time up to 60 days

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Finance

Tariff Information

To review current fees and charges for dockage, wharfage and related services at Port Manatee, please click the provided links. 

Port Manatee Tariff No. 3
Railroad Tariff (PDF)
Port Manatee Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan 3/31/2020 (PDF)

If you have any questions, please contact:

Denise Stufflebeam
Senior Director of Business Administration and Finance
dstufflebeam@portmanatee.com
Tel: (941) 722 6621 ext. 339

Reports & Charts

 Current Manatee County Port Authority  Reports and Charts are listed below.

Department of Financial Services
Florida Commission on Ethics


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FTZ

Port Manatee FTZ
Port Manatee’s Foreign-Trade Zone No. 169 (FTZ No. 169)

With benefits extending throughout an even wider geographical range, Port Manatee’s Foreign-Trade Zone No. 169 (FTZ No. 169) allows many businesses within a 60-mile radius or 90-minute drive of the port to defer, reduce or often eliminate costly U.S. Customs duties on products imported into the United States. 

For more on FTZ No. 169, contact Malcolm Edwards, Port Manatee’s senior manager for trade development, via email at medwards@portmanatee.com or by phone at 941-722-6621 ext. 341.


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Procurement

Thank you for your interest in bidding opportunities at Port Manatee. Current Manatee County Port Authority Procurements and other solicitations are posted on DemandStar.com under Agency Name: Manatee County Port Authority.

The following procurement has been posted on Demandstar:

Manbirtee Key Annual Vegetation and Fire Ant Control
ITB-1-0-2021/GI – Bid Document / Specifications

 


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Real Estate

Port Manatee’s property encompasses 1,100 acres inside the fence with more than 5,000 acres of privately owned land ripe for development. 

The port offers more than 1 million square feet of public warehouse and office space featuring 207,000 square feet of refrigerated space.

We have the following lots available for lease – please refer to facility map:

  1. 10 acres, 0.37 mile from the dock 
  2. 6.5 acres, 0.45 mile from the dock 
  3. 26 acres, 0.76 mile from the dock 
  4. 21 acres, 0.22 mile from the dock
  5. 5 acres, 130 feet from the dock 
  6. 21 acres, 520 feet from the dock 
  7. 24 acres, 130 feet from the dock 
  8. 52 acres, 1 mile from the dock, located off port 
  9. 10 acres, 1.7 miles from the dock, located off port
Port-Manatee Facility Map
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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY

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Multiple initiatives are in place in and around Port Manatee to encourage development by businesses seeking to capitalize upon proximity to the port and its facilities. Both new projects and expansion of existing facilities are supported by these initiatives.

The Florida International Gateway (FIG) is an area within the Florida International Gateway Improvement District which encompasses nearly 5,000 acres of largely undeveloped land adjacent to Port Manatee.

The FIG area features excellent highway and rail connectivity, customized economic development incentives and expedited permitting. No other property within Florida offers more direct, extensive, and beneficial incentives to attract the development of logistically focused manufacturing, processing, warehousing and distribution facilities. With the cooperation of the Manatee County Port Authority, Manatee County government and the State of Florida, land within the district offers an unrivaled array of incentives, effectively leveling the economic development playing field with neighboring states

The Florida International Gateway Improvement District is located on Tampa Bay and is inclusive of Port Manatee, east to Interstate 75, extending from the Manatee County line on the north to Buckeye Road on the south.

The district generates revenues for the port area from tax increment financing. This does not mean taxes are higher, just more of the dollars generated stay focused on this specific area of the county. These dollars are deposited into the Port Manatee Improvement Trust Fund and may be used for a variety of port-related activities in the district

PLANNED DEVELOPMENT ENCOURAGEMENT ZONE

Manatee County has established the Planned Development Encouragement Zone (PDEZ) to facilitate preapproval of a variety of land uses for local property owners. The PDEZ encourages port-compatible development on vacant lands in the vicinity of Port Manatee and provides an entitlement with no expiration date. This makes properties marketable for a wider variety of uses without worry of expiration of entitlements. This district is available to all property owners in the area.

REGIONAL IMPACT EXEMPTION

Lands within 3 miles of Port Manatee are granted automatic exemption from State of Florida Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) Program requirements. This exemption can furnish significant time and cost benefits.

RAPID-RESPONSE PERMITTING

Expedited review of all county permitting related to building and development in the Port Manatee area is provided by the Manatee County Economic Development Team.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE GRANTS

An economic development incentive (EDI) grant program is available to companies creating a minimum of five high-wage jobs. The amount of the grant is customized based upon the number of jobs created and the average annual wage and is paid based on performance over a five-year period.

TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE INCENTIVE

The transportation impact fee incentive provides relief from road impact fees to expanding, new or relocating businesses that create at least five quality jobs meeting standardized criteria within the area of Port Manatee.

ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES

Additional incentives are available through various local and state economic development agencies.

FOREIGN-TRADE ZONE NO. 169

Qualified businesses may benefit from extended privileges provided by Port Manatee’s Foreign-Trade Zone No. 169.


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Security

Port Manatee is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all employees, tenants and visitors.

Port Manatee’s security department is on duty 24/7, operating from its state-of-the industry access control center at the port’s main entrance. Security personnel monitor the port’s more than 1,100 acres from the high-tech center via a sophisticated surveillance system, enabling vehicles to move quickly through the port with a high level of unobtrusive scrutiny. Security personnel also patrol the port’s grounds and monitor waterways using sophisticated surveillance systems and a variety of watercraft.


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Permits/Licenses

TWIC

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, also known as TWIC®, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities/vessels, and others who require a TWIC®.

Port Manatee Security operates a TWIC Enrollment Center under contract with the Transportation Security Administration and its contractor. Information regarding enrollment requirements and to make an appointment for enrollment, please visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/programs/twic

Port Manatee Permits and Licenses

To enroll in the port’s access control system, the applicant must:

  • Possess a valid TWIC as required under federal law
  • Demonstrate a verifiable business purpose to enter the port
  • Go to the port’s credentialing office to electronically scan and validate the TWIC. Individuals must know their TWIC pin code to enroll their credential. (Individuals who do not know their pin code must visit the TWIC Enrollment Center to reset the code)
  • Pay the appropriate fee

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Port Access/TWIC

Port Manatee takes Security very seriously. Facilitating the safe and secure movement of cargo and the protection of the port’s critical infrastructure is the highest priority.  Since 9/11 security measures have been dramatically increased.  To ensure a safe and secure environment for all employees and assets, the port has implemented strict access control procedures. The identity and business purpose of all persons entering the port display is verified before access is granted.

Port Manatee is fully compliant with the provisions of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and utilizes the federal Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) as the primary credential to initiate access control. Persons who possess a valid TWIC and are employed by port tenants or licensed operators may apply to enroll their TWIC into the port’s access control system. A $40 enrollment fee will apply.

TEMPORARY ACCESS CREDENTIALS

Individuals not registered into the port’s electronic access control system who are actively engaged in a commercial activity are required to receive a temporary access credential prior to obtaining access. For temporary access, applicants must:

  • Present a valid driver’s license or government issued photo identification card
  • Demonstrate a verifiable business purpose to enter the port. This is accomplished by contacting the individual or business that is vetting access or by verifying tenant-issued load, pick-up or reservation numbers.
  • Individuals not possessing a valid TWIC must be escorted or monitored at all times while on the port Security and escort fees apply as follows:
    Port Escort Service for Non-TWIC Holders: $80

VISITOR PASSES

Visitors not registered into the port’s electronic access control system who are not actively engaged in a commercial activity who require access to the administrative offices of the port or its tenant operators must receive a visitor pass prior to entering the port.

  • Present a valid driver’s license or government issued photo identification card.
  • Be listed as a visitor by a port or tenant employee authorized to receive visitors.
  • Individuals will require monitoring as outlined in rule 411 at no cost.

For more information on Port Manatee’s visitor and temporary Access policies and pricing, contact the Security Department at (941) 722-6455.


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Security Training

Port Manatee offers a host of security training courses and is the country’s only seaport approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to teach Facility Security Officer (FSO) training. The port offers a number of facility security training courses that comply with all International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

These modular courses were developed to meet the training requirements outlined in 33 CFR 205, 210 and 215.

Due to COVID-19 there are currently no courses scheduled.

Email David St. Pierre for more details at dstpierre@portmanatee.com

Port-Manatee Security class Photo

THERE ARE FIVE OPTIONS:

FACILITY SECURITY OFFICER (FSO) (3-DAY, OFFERED QUARTERLY)

The FSO Certification course has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and fully meets the training requirements outlined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code section B 18.1 and the implementation regulations of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 105 — fully complying with U.S. Coast Guard training requirements.

MTSA FOR FIRST RESPONDERS (2-DAY, OFFERED QUARTERLY)

MARITIME SECURITY FOR MILITARY, FIRST RESPONDER, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL

This 16 hour program is intended for law enforcement personnel who perform Port Security duties and was developed to meet the training standards published by the U.S. Maritime Administration, meets the requirements of 33 CRF 105.210 and ISPS Code B 18.2 and is specifically tailored for response personnel. A certificate will be issued to attest to the completion of the training.

MTSA SECURITY AWARENESS (HALF-DAY, MORNINGS ONLY)

MTSA/ISPS FAMILIARIZATION FOR FACILITY PERSONNEL TRAINING

The MTSA/ISPS Familiarization module was developed to meet the professional training requirements outlined in 33CFR 105.215. This 4-hour seminar provides a basic understanding of the regulations, crime prevention and how facility personnel support security operations at the facility. The session is a pre-requisite for security personnel training. A certificate will be issued to all individuals completing this course.

MTSA SECURITY PLAN AUDITING (FULL-DAY, IN-DEPTH TRAINING ON THE AUDITING PROCESS)

This 8 -hour course was created to provide information on the requirements and process of auditing Facility Security Plans as required under MTSA regulations. This course supplements the Facility Security Officer course by providing in-depth training specifically on the auditing process.

PORT SECURITY PERSONNEL (PERSONNEL WITH SECURITY DUTIES) TRAINING

This 4-hour Security personnel training meets the professional training requirements for persons filling positions in seaport security outlined in current Coast Guard regulations.

REGISTRATION

To register for training, please contact David St. Pierre, Director of Public Safety and Security, dstpierre@portmanatee.com or (941) 722-6621


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Zone Watch Program

Port Manatee Zone Watch Image

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Manatee County Port Authority have entered into a cooperative agreement to establish a community based watch program to assist in the enforcement and implementation of a security zone on and around a dredge material island near Port Manatee known as Manbirtee Key.

The Manbirtee Key Security Zone became effective Jan. 1, 2008. Under federal regulations, commercial and recreational boaters desiring to enter the zone must first gain permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port.

This community watch program was designed to provide a mechanism for boaters to be granted access while maintaining the desired level of security in the area concerned.


PROGRAM APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO:

  • Complete the required Zone Watch application. (A government issued photo identification card will be required to establish identity.)
  • Submit to background screening. Possession of the following credentials is accepted as proof of meeting the background screening requirements:
  • Certified Law Enforcement Credentials
  • Certified Fire Fighter Credentials
  • Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC)
  • TSA Known Traveler Number – Number must be provided for authentication using the TSA Website.
  • Florida Concealed Carry Permit.

Individuals not meeting any of the above criteria, must obtain a background screening at their own expense. This can be accomplished by:

Applying for a Known Traveler Number (KTN), using the TSA Pre Check Program. To find enrollment locations and to make an appointment visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/

Request a certified copy (not Instant Search) of applicant’s criminal history from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Criminal-History-Records/Record-Check using the certified search tab. The applicant must provide the notarized copy provided by the FDLE.

Applicants must bring their application and any of the above listed accepted proof of background screening to the Port Manatee Access Control Center at 1705 Piney Point Road, Palmetto, FL 34221, weekdays from 8 am thru 4 pm. Applicants will be charged a $50.00 fee to register in the required training. Applicants will be provided the training date at the time of registration.

Applicants become active Zone Watch Participants and issued program credentials upon completion of the required training.

If you have any questions, please contact Port Manatee Security at 941-722-6621

Zone Watch application


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Community

Port Manatee supports and serves its community in a variety of ways – working on local projects and offering various public outreach programs to educate people about the port.


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Environment

The Manatee County Port Authority is committed to enhancing Tampa Bay’s pristine ecosystem while reducing its environmental footprint. With more than $16 million invested in environmental projects since 2000, Port Manatee and its partners are dedicated to protecting the natural environment in and around the port’s rural setting. 

Port Manatee meets and exceeds federal and state environmental mandates and holds all tenants and users to such high standards through requirements in Port Manatee tariff documents.

Drawing from a donor bed of 5.33 acres lying in the path of proposed expansion dredging, 25 acres of new seagrass meadows now flourish in Tampa Bay waters adjacent to Port Manatee. Beginning in 2001, scientists carefully transplanted the seagrass to locations scarred by years of propeller driven recreational boats traversing shallow bay waters. With a 400-acre environmental management area in place to protect the habitat from further scarring, seagrass now grows unimpeded.

For the previous 30 years, seagrass transplantation was largely considered experimental, meeting with varying degrees of success around the world. The project’s size and overwhelming success attracted global attention and earned several honors, including the 2006 Gulf Guardian Award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) also selected the project as the Western Hemisphere’s top environmental program in 2006.

MANBIRTEE KEY BIRD SANCTUARY

MANBIRTEE KEY BIRD SANCTUARYThe 60-acre, man-made island, known as Manbirtee Key, is the result of Port Manatee’s original dredging project in the 1960s. The port partnered with Gulfstream Natural Gas System and Audubon of Florida in a multi-million dollar project converting the spoil island to a thriving bird sanctuary. Manbirtee Key has attracted more than 120 species of birds since its restoration in 2003 and the number of nesting species are on the rise.

The island was constructed to suit a wide range of nesting and feeding habitats. Invasive plant species, overgrown vegetation and predators (such as raccoons, possums and snakes) were removed from the island.

Due to the low disturbance level and distance to predators from the mainland, even threatened species are making a comeback to the island.

The name Manbirtee Key comes from the winning entry in a local “Name the Island” contest for elementary school children. The name is a combination of the words man, bird and manatee.

 

SUPPORTING CLEANER TAMPA BAY WATERS THROUGH UNIQUE CLAM RESTORATION PROJECT

UNIQUE CLAM RESTORATION PROJECTPort Manatee is partnering with Eckerd College, the Gulf Shellfish Institute and Manatee County-based Bay Shellfish Co. in a clam restoration endeavor, which is bringing about clearer waters and, in turn, helping many native species to thrive. This unique program involves placement of 600,000 juvenile clams off Port Manatee. The native-species clams naturally filter nitrogen, phosphorous and chlorophyll-a from bay waters while feeding on phytoplankton, providing innate fertilizer for indigenous seagrasses and supporting a full range of local marine species.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan

Port Manatee Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan 3/31/2020 (PDF)


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Speakers

Port Manatee staff members are available to speak to community groups on a variety of topics including the port’s current and future projects, regional economic impact and more.

To request a speaker for your group, please contact the communications department at (941) 722 6621 or communications@portmanatee.com


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Newsroom

Port Manatee is committed to providing timely, accurate information to the public. Here you can find news releases, publications, photo and video galleries.

For media inquiries please contact:
Virginia Zimmermann
Director of Communications and Public Relations
vzimmermann@portmanatee.com
Cell: (941) 932 1006


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Port Publications

Download 2021 Directory

Port Manatee publishes an annual directory that includes port facts and figures, recent and future developments and serves as a marketing platform for the port’s business partners

The Manatee County Port Authority approved the latest update of Port Manatee’s $750 million master plan in 2016. It provides a strategic vision and framework for continued diverse growth of the port for the coming decade and beyond while concentrating on generating local, regional, and statewide economic benefits.


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Port Statistics

Fiscal Year 2020

  • 9.3 million tons of cargo
  • 88,466 TEUs
  • 396 million gallons of fuel
  • 1 billion bananas
  • 35 million avocadoes
  • 48 million pineapples
  • 57 million gallons of fruit juice
  • Supports 27,000 direct and indirect jobs
  • $3.9 billion in annual economic impact

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Contact

If you have questions or comments about Port Manatee, contact our administration office at (941) 722-6621 and a staff member will assist in directing your call. You may also contact us through our online Feedback form.

Electronic mail sent to and from Port Manatee may be subject to the Public Records Act and may be released as part of a public records request.

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    Main Phone:
    (941) 722-6621

    Access Control Center:
    (941) 722 6455

    Hours of Operation:
    24 hours a day to accommodate customer needs

    Business Office Hours:
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, Eastern Standard Time

    Emergency:
    Always DIAL 911 First. Port Security (941) 722-6455

    Media:
    communications@portmanatee.com, (941) 722 6621


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    Port Access

    Visitors to Port Manatee must proceed to the Access Control Center located at the Port Manatee North Gate Entrance.

    Port Manatee North Gate
    Access Control Center

    1705 Piney Point Rd
    Palmetto, FL 34221 U.S.A.
    Phone: 941-722-6455
    Map

    Business and Finance
    Administration Building

    300 Tampa Bay Way, Suite 1
    Palmetto, FL 34221 U.S.A.
    Phone: 941-722-6621
    Map

    Seaport Security
    Access Control Center

    1705 Piney Point Rd
    Palmetto, FL 34221 U.S.A.
    Phone: 941-722-6455
    Map

    Scale House
    1715 Piney Point Road
    Palmetto, FL 34221 U.S.A.
    Phone: 941-721-2320
    Map

    Operations and Maintenance
    13340 Reeder Road
    Palmetto, FL 34221 U.S.A.
    Phone: 941-722-6621
    Map


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    Public Records Request

    Teresa Daugherty, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, is the Manatee County Port Authority’s custodian of public records and maintains the office where all official records of the Manatee County Port Authority are routinely created, sent, received and maintained.

    The location of and record request contact information for Teresa Daugherty is:

    Manatee County Port Authority
    300 Tampa Bay Way
    Palmetto, Florida 34221-6608
    (941) 721-2395
    TDaugherty@Portmanatee.com


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    Community Involvement

    Trucker Appreciation 2019
    Trucker Appreciation 2019

    Port Manatee is committed to staying connected with the local community and keeping the public informed about the port’s operations. Port supported events and organizations include

    • Port Manatee Propeller Club
    • Anchor House
    • Trucker Appreciation Event
    • Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s Ship Shape Showcase Event
    • Manatee County Fair 
    • Manatee River Rotary Club
    • Palmetto Rotary Club
    • Palmetto High School Athletic Boosters
    • Local Business Exhibitions
    • Speaking Engagements

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    Request for Berth

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      Emergency Notice

      Waterborne operations at Port Manatee remain uninterrupted, with its ability to move cargo not impacted. The port is monitoring the developments regarding COVID-19. We are following all protocols established by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      Our highest priority is the safety, health and well-being of our workforce, tenants and business partners. The port is continually evaluating procedures as this situation evolves and will make adjustments as needed.

      There is no disruption to port customers at this time. For information concerning specific changes in operations, please contact the stevedore or terminal operator directly.

      Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, Port Manatee has suspended until further notice acceptance and processing of applications for the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre✔® program, a federal initiative designed to expedite screening of low-risk travelers at participating airport checkpoints throughout the nation. The center remains open for TWIC® (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) enrollment.

      Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, Port Manatee is only accepting payments through credit and debit cards for Access Control and truck scale transactions in order to better protect staff and business partners from potential exposure to COVID-19.

      For more information on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

      Florida Department of Health


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