Port Manatee Begins Scrap Metal Vessel Calls
With the September call of the bulk carrier Sen Treasure, Port Manatee Scrap Metal Inc. is embarking upon exportation of scrap metal to Mexico from Port Manatee.
The Sen Treasure departed Port Manatee bound for Veracruz on the evening of Sept. 10, after being loaded with more than 13,325 metric tons of material trucked from the Port Manatee Scrap Metal facility located less than 2 miles from the dock. The facility features a state-of-the-industry shredder system.
“Port Manatee is delighted with its relationship with Port Manatee Scrap Metal and looks forward to numerous similar shipments for years to come,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “These shipments exemplify the diversification strategy we are advancing here at Port Manatee.”
Port Manatee is looking to benefit in multiple ways from its proximity across the Gulf of Mexico to Mexican automaking plants, including through its partnership with The Pasha Group, with which the port has a memorandum of understanding for development and marketing of a full-service, multipurpose roll-on/roll-off terminal and vehicle processing facility.
Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs regionally, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.