Port Manatee and The Pasha Group are teaming up to develop and market a roll-on, roll-off terminal near the entrance to Tampa Bay in Florida.
The initial agreement between Pasha, a supply chain and marine terminal management company, and the port calls for joint marketing of a 172,500-square-foot vehicle processing facility and development of a terminal of at least 30 contiguous acres, expandable to as many as 100 acres. The site is to be served by an expanded Berth 12, which is 1,584 feet long, with 40-foot draft.
“We see Port Manatee as strategic in our portfolio of key locations for the continued growth of our corporation for the long term,” said John H. Pasha, senior vice president for Pasha Automotive Services, at the signing event for the memorandum of understanding on Sept. 19. “Port Manatee offers a strategic Gulf Coast location for ocean access, facilities and distribution for both import and export automobiles.”
Port Manatee, which serves container, breakbulk, bulk, heavy lift, project and general cargo, is the closest Florida port to Mexico’s expanding vehicle manufacturing areas, which are served by the ports of Veracruz and Altamira.
“Port Manatee will be able to get autos and other cargos from Mexico to the Florida market faster and more cost effectively than any other Florida port,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “In addition, we anticipate export opportunities into Latin America.”
Pasha Automotive Services also recently celebrated the completion of new ro-ro infrastructure at the Port of Grays Harbor in Washington state. Combined investments and renovations of terminal processing capabilities of $4.5 million has resulted in 60 paved acres surrounded by new security systems, a carwash system, drive over undercoating application pits, homologation and accessory bays and a new mechanical center. An additional 10-acre paving and lighting project is underway.
John H. Pasha commented: “Development at Grays is driving at a fierce pace. We now have a perfect entrée for Mexico short sea and land bridge imports, as well as a unique platform to expedite ro-ro exports and imports through the Pacific Northwest.”An aerial view of the new ro-ro infrastructure at Port of Grays Harbor.