The Tampa Port Authority’s board this week agreed to spend $12.9 million to expand the port’s container-handling capacity and inland connectors.
The board approved investing more than $2 million in a $6 million joint project with the Florida Department of Transportation to expand the rail terminal and related improvements at Hooker’s Point, where the port’s container terminal is located.
It also approved spending $2.3 million for remediation of the former Tampa Scrap site, a 17-acre tract of land that will be available to serve port development needs and possibly support growth of the Hooker’s Point container terminal. In 2010, the container terminal was expanded from 25 to 40 acres, and most recently, an additional 700 feet of berth length was added.
The board approved a one-year contract worth more than $7.5 million with Orion Dredging Services to support ongoing maintenance dredging of port berths.
It also approved nearly $1.1 million for engineering and consultant services for the design and permitting of petroleum piping systems, a component of a complete modernization of the port’s REK petroleum terminal complex.
The nearly $50 million terminal is a gateway for petroleum imports for 8 million consumers in west and central Florida, as well as providing aviation fuel for the Orlando International Airport.
Petroleum and related products comprise the single-largest commodity sector at the Port of Tampa.