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Committed to smooth arrivals and timely departures

With more than 70 years of experience in the ports of Tampa Bay, A.R. Savage & Son is uniquely suited to serve as the ship agent of choice for vessels carrying cargo through Port Tampa Bay, Port Manatee and the Port of St. Petersburg. Our team understands the many facets of the ports, as well as the cargo and vessels docking and loading in Tampa Bay.

Using our state-of-the-art Port Call System, our highly trained ship agents can make all logistical and compliance arrangements for ships to enter, dock, load and/or discharge cargoes, including:

  • Advising on current conditions in port such as tides, and channel drafts, as well as terminal and berth particulars.
  • Completing required paperwork such as the electronic notice of arrival and departure, shipping manifest, stowage plan, and bill of lading.
  • Coordinating services with vendors such as tugboats, pilots, line handlers, stevedores and others to get the ships into and out of the port.
  • Working with U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and the Port Authorities to ensure compliance with all parties.
  • Coordinating with government officials to check the ship, crew and cargo for foreign arrivals.

In addition, our staff ensures that the needs of the captain and crew are met, and can coordinate repairs and update security-required gate lists to ensure that all parties have access to the port and assigned terminal.

Because A.R. Savage & Son is bonded and insured to work with importers and exporters in the shipment of their products in ocean-going vessels, we can also arrange for the ship to be loaded or unloaded and document cargo shipments


With strong industry partnerships internationally, licensed and trained boarding agents and extensive experience with particular types of cargo that travel in and out of Port Tampa Bay, Port Manatee and the Port of St. Petersburg, our team offers the highest level of service at a reasonable price.

Because we understand the local ports, our team can ensure timely entry and departure for the ship and help to avoid steep cancellation fees and costly delays.



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