|PALMETTO, Fla. – The 606-foot-long M/V Medi Segesta docked at Port Manatee on June 27, 2013 to discharge more than 42,120 metric tons of corn from Argentina, imported to offset U.S. shortfalls.
The corn will be used for animal feed.
This is the third shipment of corn to Port Manatee since November 2012. The previous two shipments were imported from Brazil.
The corn is being off-loaded by clam bucket, deposited into hoppers and transported by truck to port warehouses or rail cars destined for Georgia and North Carolina via CSX Transportation.
“These corn shipments represent the flexibility our stevedores have in handling special commodities that are not handled at the port on a regular basis,” said Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras. “We are continuing to pursue special commodities on a global scale that will stimulate local hiring and generate economic growth in our region.”
Stevedoring company Logistec USA, Inc. is handling the cargo discharge and terminal management at Port Manatee, and A.R. Savage & Son, Inc. is the shipping agent.
After the corn is off-loaded, the vessel is destined for Porto Alegre in Brazil.
Port Manatee is a multi-purpose deepwater seaport on Tampa Bay serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavy-lift/project and general cargo customers. The port adds more than $2.3 billion annually in local economic impact without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes and supports more than 24,000 jobs regionally. For more information, visit www.portmanatee.com.