TAMPA, Fla.— Port Tampa Bay announces that one of its major tenants, International Ship Repair and Marine Services (ISR), today held a ceremony and luncheon in dedication of its new, American-made Manitowoc 275-ton crawler crane, for use at its port facility.
The dedication ceremony of “Ms. Kaitlyn” was attended by several elected officials and a cross section of economic development and port community leaders, all celebrating a new piece of equipment that represents a major step in the company’s business—largely made possible by a federal grant. In July 2013, ISR received $980,260 in funding from the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Small Shipyard Grant Program, allowing for the purchase of this new equipment that will be vital to their operations moving forward. There were 113 grant applications received, requesting a total of $96 million, so competition was considerable. ISR presented a strong case for acquiring the crane and was duly awarded.
Keynote speakers at the event were Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Senator Bill Nelson, who have long supported maritime industries and the port’s growth over the years. Also contributing to the program were George H. Lorton, International Ship Repair CEO and president; Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO; and Steve Swindal, chairman of the port’s board. A commemorative luncheon was held immediately afterward at the University Club of Tampa.
Port Tampa Bay management extends its congratulations to International Ship Repair for this significant stride toward its business portfolio, efficiency and quality services, and is proud to support the company, one of the port’s four shipbuilding and repair firms, that contributes strongly to the local economy.
“We are delighted to see one of our major partners, International Ship Repair, continue to build their thriving business in a very concrete way; this new crane will benefit them significantly in the years ahead, and we will continue to support them in this highly specialized industry that helps make Port Tampa Bay one of the most diverse and unique ports in the country,” said Paul Anderson, port president and CEO.
For more information about International Ship Repair & Marine Services, Inc. visit their website at www.InternationalShip.com.
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com.