Port Tampa Bay expands container shipping business with Linea Peninsular
October 17, 2016
In July, Port Tampa Bay announced the commencement of new container shipping service between Mexico and Tampa. Linea Peninsular began weekly, fixed-day service calls into Port Tampa Bay every Tuesday to and from the [caption id="attachment_5439" align="alignleft" width="300"] Credit: Tampa Bay Times[/caption] Mexican ports of Altamira and Progreso. Both ports offer quick (2 ½ and 2 day transits, respectively) options for delivering container goods, including refrigerated food products, to market. “The Tampa Bay/ I-4 corridor market has become the primary distribution center hub for Florida,” said David Humphreys, CEO of Linea Peninsular. “Customers had been pushing us to add a Tampa call, and the response has been great. We see lots of potential to assist companies who are currently trucking their business between Mexico and Florida, and to help them save money and transit time by converting to the safety and security of an all-water delivery." Port Tampa Bay and terminal operator partner Ports America recently commissioned two new post-Panamax container gantry cranes and have a phased build out plan to quadruple of the size of its container facilities to over 160 acres. “Mexico is already one of Port Tampa Bay's top trading partners and we see significant potential to expand our containerized business with Mexico, including for such commodities as food and beverage products, consumer goods and construction and building materials," said Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson. Port Tampa Bay is Florida's largest and most diversified seaport and recently received the award for 2016 North American Port Operator of the year by the esteemed maritime publication Lloyd's List.