TAMPA, Fla. — A public-private partnership that includes Port Logistics Tampa Bay I, Inc., and Port Tampa Bay will start construction of a 130,000-square foot state-of-the-art intermodal cold storage food products facility at Port Tampa Bay early next year.
When it opens in November 2016, the $19.1 million facility will employ 50 full-time workers and up to 200 part-time workers, said long-time Central Florida industrial developer George Livingston, a principal in Port Logistics.
Livingston said the Tampa Port Authority Board recently approved a 27-year lease to Port Logistics Tampa Bay I for the 13.7 acres where the facility will be developed on Hookers Point at Port Tampa Bay in downtown Tampa.
The Tampa Port Authority has engaged Atlanta-based Batson-Cook Company as contract manager for the project.
Port Logistics Tampa Bay I will be responsible for interior improvements and all terminal operations, providing cold supply chain operations at the Port, Livingston said.
The facility will receive, label, package and distribute temperature controlled food products from foreign ports, Livingston explained. “We expect to operate almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
“In our first year of operation we expect to accommodate 100 vessels with 400,000 pallets, along with 70 to 80 trucks per day entering and leaving the facility,” Livingston added.
Products will include perishable goods, fruits, vegetables, pharmaceuticals and any other products that require temperature control.
Refrigerated ships arriving at Port Tampa Bay will shave three days off their voyage to Philadelphia, which hosts the principal cold storage food facilities on the eastern seaboard, according to Allen Huie, a principal and co-founder of Port Logistics.
Huie, an investment banker in Hong Kong, has partnered with Livingston on several other previous ventures.
Port Logistics has formed alliances with some of the largest and most experienced providers in the intermodal shipping industry for the Port Tampa Bay project,” Huie explained, “ including”:
- Seatrade, the largest refrigerated shipper of perishable goods in the western hemisphere;
- Time Definite Services, a national refrigerated trucking firm with optimized deliveries;
- Canton Port Services, a Baltimore stevedoring and terminal operator will hire and train dock workers, operators, and provide operations for the facility.
Livingston said the facility will accommodate 8,000 pallet positions in several different rooms with independent temperature controls for various types of produce and perishables.
The building will include office space for truckers and regulators such as USDA and Customs officials, and 15 temperature controlled doors for truck shipments. The company’s property will accommodate 48 “reefer pods” for temperature-controlled containers from refrigerated ships.
“America imports about 30 percent of its foods,” Livingston explained. “Port Tampa Bay and Port Logistics are building the most sophisticated refrigerated intermodal shipping facility in the eastern U.S.
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About Port Logistics Tampa Bay 1, Inc.
Port Logistics Tampa Bay 1, Inc. is an Orlando-based Florida Corporation founded by international and domestic developers and logistics professionals Allen Huie and George Livingston. Huie served for years as head of investment banking for Salomon Brothers in Hong Kong.. Livingston, the founder and principal of NAI Realvest a major commercial brokerage in Orlando, has developed over one million square feet of industrial warehouses and has over 30 years of land development experience in Florida. Port Logistics focuses on port developments and port related logistics projects designed to meet changing worldwide supply chain requirements as a result of advancing technology and globalization.