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Port Tampa Bay named Port Operator of the Year by industry publication

Port Tampa Bay, which took delivery of two new gantry cranes recently, was named Port operator of the year by a industry publication last week. JAMES BORCHUCK | TIMES
Port Tampa Bay, which took delivery of two new gantry cranes recently, was named Port operator of the year by a industry publication last week. JAMES BORCHUCK | TIMES
Published May 24, 2016

Port Tampa Bay has been named North American Port Operator of the Year by a maritime industry publication.

Lloyd's List honors ports, port officials and other maritime achievements in its annual North American Awards, which were held at Pier Sixty in New York City last week. Port Tampa Bay was among a dozen winners honored in different categories.

"Our awards support the best in the shipping business, as well as the best in shipping generally — from courageous seafarers to innovators who through their inventions save lives, and organizations that go the extra mile to improve environmental standards," said Craig Eason, deputy editor of Lloyd's List, in a statement.

The Port Operator of the Year award recognizes the port authority for its high standards of operational efficiency, customer service, safety and environmental commitment. This is the first time Port Tampa Bay has won the award.

"Port Tampa Bay accommodates a variety of ship types and diverse customer service requirements. This port has demonstrated achievements that go above the ordinary," the judges said.

Last year, Port Tampa Bay unveiled a $1.7 billion revitalization project that would build a new marina, two 75-story high-rises and a bigger cruise ship terminal over the next 15 years.


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