The Tampa Gateway Rail facility, at the Port of Tampa, opened in September 2012, is the first dockside unit train for ethanol and cargoes of its kind in the state of Florida. This modern rail facility has added to the port’s efficiency in moving biofuels and general cargoes. The facility received its first ethanol train one year ago this month.
TAMPA, Fla.— The Tampa Port Authority is pleased to announce that the port’s Tampa Gateway Rail terminal has experienced a total of 3,897,189 barrels of ethanol—transported in 5705 railcars—all within its first year of operation. The facility, operated by CSX subsidiary TRANSFLO, received its first train in November 2012, and business has been robust.
The Tampa Gateway Rail terminal was a collaborative project undertaken by CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX), the Tampa Port Authority (TPA) and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP). This innovative intermodal project, announced in 2011 as a public-private partnership, brings fuel-grade ethanol into the Tampa market more efficiently and safely, and serves as Florida’s first on-dock unit train terminal with intermodal container and general cargo capability.
For its part, the TPA built new rail track and support infrastructure to handle 96-car unit train deliveries, as well as a multi-product unit train offloading yard at Hooker’s Point, in the Port of Tampa. Kinder Morgan invested in new pipelines to transport the ethanol from the rail offloading facilities to its Tampa terminal where it can be distributed to other Tampa terminals for blending or transported to Orlando for gasoline blending at Kinder Morgan’s Orlando terminal.
Designed to be a multipurpose terminal which could also handle intermodal containers and other general cargo traffic, the Tampa Gateway Rail facility is adjacent to the port’s container terminal. It provides direct access to the CSX rail network, enhancing the port’s container rail service offering. This major collaborative effort underscores the value and importance of public/private partnerships. The total project cost was $10.9 million.
“The Tampa Gateway Rail terminal, a landmark collaborative project, has been worth every cent of investment, meeting the needs of Central Florida’s biofuels demand. We have much to be proud of, along with our partners CSX, Transflo and Kinder Morgan,” Paul Anderson, port authority president and CEO, said. “Greatly supported by funding from the state of Florida through the Department of Transportation, the facility enables the port to transport products efficiently and makes us extremely competitive,” he said.
The Port of Tampa is the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. The port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major cruise homeport and shipbuilding and repair center. The port is also the energy products gateway for west and central Florida, providing the consumer gas needs and jet fuel supply for Tampa and Orlando international airports. The Port of Tampa was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.tampaport.com.