Port Tampa Bay approves $500,000 design contract for 4th cruise terminal

   June 23, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

Port Tampa Bay (Florida USA) commissioners approved a US$500,000 contract with an engineering firm on Tuesday, June 18th, to initiate the design process for a 4th cruise terminal.

According to port engineers, the 3 existing cruise terminals are nearing capacity, necessitating the construction of a new terminal without disrupting current operations.

The proposed terminal is planned to be situated north of Terminal 6. Some opponents argue that the proposal conflicts with downtown economic development, raising concerns over parking and waterfront access.

However, proponents believe that the cruise business can and should continue to grow. The board's unanimous vote awarded the design contract to Tampa-based HDR Engineering.

Port officials confirmed that if the project receives the necessary permits and approvals, it could represent an US$80 million investment, potentially funded by grants, private investors, and other sources.

While many details remain uncertain, the expansion signals a booming business. Last week, port officials indicated that they are preparing for growth.

Cruise lines have reportedly shown interest in a 4th terminal, though port officials have yet to disclose any specific companies or potential business terms.

Three other Tampa-based engineering firms - Moffatt & Nichol, Burns & McDonnell, and Kimley-Horn and Associates - also submitted proposals for the project.