Port Executive Director participates in "Seaports Day" at Florida's Capitol
Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira spent the first week of February in Tallahassee, along with other port leaders and seaport professionals.
While in Tallahassee, members of the Florida Ports Council provided insight on how the pandemic has shed light on Florida's port efficiencies, no-lines no-waiting strategy and the ports 24-hour operations.
Governor Ron DeSantis later declared February 3rd as Seaports Day in Florida.
“This Seaports Day, I want to thank all of the people working to keep our ports open 24/7 to ensure that goods are getting from ship to shelf efficiently in order to combat our nation’s supply chain crisis,” Governor Ron DeSantis said.
Seaports Day at the Capitol provided Executive Director Almira an opportunity to speak with state legislators about the Port of Palm Beach's upcoming capital improvement projects.
Cargo Tonnage Report
Here's a look at how the first three months of Fiscal Year 2022 compares to same period in FY 2021.
-Vessel calls increased by 17.65% over the previous year. This is primarily due to the cruise line operating its regular schedule.
-TEUs remain about the same at just over 66,000
-Total railcars have increased by 12 percent from approximately from 3,441 to 3,859.
- Container tonnage is also on the rise with a 9% increase and break-bulk cargo is up 27%
-Overall total cargo tonnage increased 4.3% -South Florida Materials has handled 23% more asphalt and 100% more diesel fuel
You can celebrate Black History Month at the Riviera Beach Public Library. A brand new display was created by the city's reference specialist, April Jiles, which features a vast selection of resources pertaining to those who have paved the way for greatness. For more information about the city's material in honor of Black History Month along with its extensive selection of resources, please contact the Riviera Beach Public Library Team at the information provided below. Riviera Beach Public Library Contact Information Phone Number: 561-845-4195 Email Address: Library@rivierabeach.org
Construction of new cement terminal begins
Construction of a new cement terminal is underway just west of the Sky Pass Bridge. The company that’s leasing the property adjacent to the molasses terminal began construction of the foundation of a 150- foot storage structure and loadout silo. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
Port staff educates local high school students
Port of Palm Beach's Public Information Officer Yaremi Farinas and Director of Planning Carl Baker met with more than 900 students during the Claim Your Future Showcase hosted by the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the School District of Palm Beach County. Sophomores, juniors and seniors got a chance to learn about the diverse career paths offered at their local seaport.
Port of Palm BeachDistrict Clerk Beatrice Greffinand Deputy Clerk Jackelin Machado were also in attendance. They provided the students with insight on the different roles of Port of Palm Beach District Clerk's Office.
Tropical Shipping's Human Resources Manager Daniela Ayala showcased the endless career opportunities for students who choose to begin a career with Tropical Shipping.
The company is currently hiring for more than 30 positions in Riviera Beach.
Boy and Cub Scouts tour Tropical Shipping's truck interchange
A small group of local Boy and Cub Scouts visited the Port of Palm Beach to learn about the transportation of goods by truck. These boy scouts, who are earning their truck transportation merit badge, received a tour of Tropical Shipping's truck interchange. Grace Judge, the company's Interchange Supervisor, explained to the scouts the process, safety protocols, and documentation truck drivers are required to provide when transporting cargo into the Port of Palm Beach.
Thank you Tropical Shipping and Grace Judge for making time to speak with the scouts.
Tropical Shipping's Interchange Supervisor Grace Judge showing scouts the radios they use to communicate.
Scouts watch as straddle carriers unload containers from inbound trucks.
Scouts touring the Florida Sugar and Molasses Exchange warehouse.
All-Stars at Sea: Themed March 5th Sailing with MLB Greats, Including Softball Game Against Local Bahamian Team in Freeport
Fans of America’s game can enjoy some major-league fun and set sail March 5th with numerous former MLB players, including Charles Johnson and Antonio Alfonseca, among others. The players will form an all-star softball team and compete against a local Bahamian team during the ship’s day in Grand Bahama Island. Guests booking the ‘All-Stars At Sea’ package can enjoy an exclusive meet-and-greet and catch the softball game ashore for $75 per person (as an add-on to their cruise fare), plus complimentary transportation to-and-from the game, access to local food vendors and more.
Book three cabins for the price of two on all sailings through April 16th! From family reunions to girls’ getaways, keep your shipmates together, while saving more on a quick escape to the Bahamas.
Hello students! Grab your first mates, take your mind off class, and get ready to embark on a 2-day cruise. Your adventure includes unlimited food, entertainment, ocean views, and a fabulous day on Grand Bahamas Island – all for less than the price of a college credit!
As Little As $99 Per Student* Per Stateroom
*based on 4 guests
• Snap a selfie with our famous Bahamian pigs** • Get close and personal while swimming with the dolphins** • Enjoy all-inclusive access to Viva Wyndham on Fortuna Beach*
Enjoy Paradise on the Open Sea - Margaritaville at Sea sailing in April 2022!
Ready to experience Margaritaville’s signature fun and escapism and embark on a vacation journey that puts you in a new state of mind?
Join us onboard Margaritaville Paradise! Departing on her first passenger sailing on April 30 from the Port of Palm Beach Florida to Grand Bahama Island, Margaritaville Paradise will include 10 passenger decks and 658 cabins in various stateroom categories. Following a multi-million investment and refurbishment, the ship’s cabins and common spaces will feature Margaritaville’s signature casual-luxe design with subtle nautical details and colors influenced by the surrounding sea, sand, and sky.
Follow Margaritaville at Sea on Facebook and Instagram, @MargaritavilleatSea
February Port Employees Work Anniversaries
Congratulations to the following employee who is celebrating a work anniversary:
Security Officer Federico Valverde- 6 years
Stay in the know
During the January Board of Commissioners meeting, the board:
Approved Earth Systems Inc. work order for quarterly storm water monitoring (5,0)
Approved award of the Merchants Drainage Improvements Project Contract to PB Builders (5,0)
Approved Consultant work for Berth One Floating Pier (4,0)
Approved Public Transportation Grant Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (5,0)
Upcoming Commission Meetings
You're invited to attend our Board of Commissioners meetings.
March 17 at 4 PM
April 21 at 4 PM
May19 at 4 PM
The public is welcome to attend the in-person board meetings held in our Board Room located on the 6th Floor of the Maritime Office Complex at One East 11th St Riviera Beach, FL. Face masks are strongly ENCOURAGED for all board meeting attendees.