Port of Panama City

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Port of Panama City
CountryUnited States
LocationPanama City, Florida
Coordinates30°10′28″N 85°39′52″W / 30.17444°N 85.66444°W / 30.17444; -85.66444Coordinates: 30°10′28″N 85°39′52″W / 30.17444°N 85.66444°W / 30.17444; -85.66444
Operated byPanama City Port Authority[2]
Owned byCity of Panama City
Type of harborCargo
Available berths5[3]
Draft depth32 ft.[3]
Port of Panama City

The Port of Panama City is a port on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Panama City, Florida.[4] The port is overseen by the Port Authority of Panama City, which was initiated in 1945.[5]


The deed for the land of the Port Panama City was conducted for Panama City Shipbuilding Corporation on January 21, 1939. The land was known as the Wainwright Shipyard because of the high production of ships and tankers created for World War II from July 1942 to 1945. At the time, the shipyard had 18,000 to 30,000 workers who created 102 liberty ships and 6 tankers. By 1945, the Panama City Port Authority was created, which helped the government convert the shipyard into a dismantling area for ships for scrap.[5]

During the 1950s, the port authority started granting leasing areas for industrial development. The dismantling process the government granted continued into the mid-1960s, when the city bought the land from the government in order to expand the industrial development for the port authority. Formal operations for the current port were developed in 1967 with the creation of a deepwater berth - a pierspace capable of accommodating a Panamax sized ship. Further developments included warehouses, cargo equipment, and tenant bases, which helped the port expand.[5]


  1. ^ "UNLOCODE (US) - UNITED STATES". service.unece.org. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Port of Panama City" (PDF). www.freightmovesflorida.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  3. ^ a b "Port of Panama City, U.S.A." www.findaport.com. Shipping Guides Ltd. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Overview of Port Panama City". www.panamacityportauthority.com. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  5. ^ a b c "History of Panama City". www.panamacityportauthority.com. Retrieved 2015-10-11.

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