Florida Faces Fuel Shortage in Wake of Hurricane Irma
(Bloomberg) — Hurricane Irma may now be gone, but its fallout will continue to haunt Florida for at least the next few days as the largest U.S. gasoline market after California and Texas thirsts for the fuel. The state gets almost all of its gasoline via its ports. While Port Tampa Bay and Port Everglades, which combined handle about 700,000 barrels a day of petroleum, are quickly restarting operations, it will take days for the fuel to make its way to retail stations, with the priority being first responders, utility trucks and work crews clearing roads. Florida last week ordered the evacuation of more than 6 million people. The bottom-line message for those who drove north to escape the storm: Stay there a day or two, says Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at Boston-based GasBuddy, which monitors fuel markets across the country. http://gcaptain.com/florida-faces-fuel-shortage-in-wake-of-hurricane-irma/
Two new gantry cranes arriving at Port Tampa Bay to service wider ships
The long-awaited arrival of two enormous gantry cranes capable of reaching across today’s wider freighters are expected to duck under the Sunshine Skyway at dawn Friday, headed for Port Tampa Bay. The $24 million mega cranes, constructed in China, will allow the port to handle the wider loads on new container ships traveling to and from Tampa.
New Drydock Officially Opens for Business in Tampa
Hendry Corporation, a leading shipbuilding and repair company located at Port Tampa Bay, hosted a traditional christening ceremony Thursday for the Capt. F. M. Hendry drydock. The event celebrated the structure’s official opening, the completion of the wastewater treatment facility, the A. W. Hendry Training Facility and the naming of the 30-acre area “Port Hendry”. Hendry Corporation’s Barbara Hendry smashed a champagne bottle against the side of the 2,500 ton drydock – as is customary – to commemorate the dock’s completion before staff, maritime professionals and local community leaders. “To christen this drydock is an honor not only for me, but for everyone at Hendry,” said Aaron Hendry, President of Hendry Corporation. “I’m extremely proud of the hard work that has gone into this facility and am looking forward to the new opportunities this drydock will bring for our company and for this community.” The Capt. F. M. Hendry drydock, named for the company’s late founder, cost $3.5 million to build and is expected to have a long-term and positive economic impact. Funding for the structure was made possible in part by a $1 million federal grant under the Assistance to Small Shipyard Grant Program, which was designed to help shipyards modernize facilities, increase productivity and make them more competitive.Upload News