Port of Pensacola
|Port of Pensacola|
|Location||Downtown, Pensacola, Florida, United States|
|Port Director||Amy S. Miller|
The Port of Pensacola is an operational deep-water port located on Pensacola Bay. With origins dating back to 1743, it is now one of the City of Pensacola's Enterprise Operations, having been incorporated in 1943 as the Municipal Port Authority.
The present-day Port of Pensacola occupies approximately 50 acres of landfill at the southern terminus of Barracks Street in downtown Pensacola, on the site of the former Commendencia Street and Tarragona Street wharves. The Port has eight 33' deep draft berths, 265,000 square feet of warehouse space, and on-dock rail service.
Port Pensacola is located on the Gulf of Mexico only 11 miles from the first sea buoy with no overhead obstructions - one of the quickest transits in Gulf of Mexico. Class 1 rail line (CSX), Interstate system (I-10 Interstate), Pensacola International Airport (most traveled airport along the Gulf of Mexico coast between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Florida) – all modes directly accessible from the Port.
Port Pensacola, strategically positioned along the Gulf of Mexico, is Northwest Florida’s most diverse and business focused deep-water port. Port Pensacola is a full service port offering stevedoring and marine terminal services for all descriptions of bulk, break-bulk, unitized freight, and special project cargo.
The first recorded export of commercial cargo from Pensacola, a shipment of pine and pitch products, took place in 1743. Pensacola's first private commercial dock was built in 1784.
This 1940 aerial view of Pensacola's waterfront illustrates how Pensacola's port facilities looked in the first half of the 20th century, with Commendencia Street, Tarragona Street and Muscogee wharves intact. In the early 1940s, the Pensacola Exchange Club hosted a forum called the "Civic Roundtable," where representatives from Rotary, Lions Club, Kiwanis, the Chamber, the Jaycees and others would meet to discuss business issues, among them the port, which was enjoying a wartime resurgence. The group pressed State Representative Dave Thomas to introduce a bill in the Florida legislature creating the Municipal Port Authority in the spring term of 1943. Its members were initially appointed by state senator and included J. D. Johnson, Henry Hilton-Green, Calvin L. Todd, William S. Rosasco, W. V. Fauria, Morris Levy, J. H. McCormack, J. W. Smith, Jr., Charles W. Smith, J. H. Allen and R. H. Turner, Jr. (Later members would be appointed by the Pensacola City Council, which also approved annual funding to the Port Authority, as it had no taxing authority of its own.) The group first convened on July 7, 1943 in Council's chambers.
In November 2018, the Port of Pensacola became the winter base for The New York Yacht Club American Magic, the United States Challenger in the 36th America’s Cup.