No shipping in and out Port of Tampa due to Tropical Storm Isaac

TAMPA - Due to the potential impact of Tropical Storm Isaac, no vessels, including cruise ships and cargo, will be allowed to move through the Port of Tampa.

According to officials with the Port of Tampa, a "Condition X-Ray" was issued by the U.S. Coast Guard at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, and the decision was handed down that no traffic will pass through the Port of Tampa after 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

The Port of Tampa itself will not be closed, but the United States Coast Guard has confirmed there will be no shipping or cruise traffic north of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

Carnival, which is the only cruise line to run out of the port in the summer, has cruises scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Tampa Port Authority officials said the Carnival cruise ship will be diverted to Port Canaveral, and passengers will be bused there from Tampa.

The Tampa Port Authority, in conjunction with the Port Heavy Weather Advisory Group continues to monitor Isaac.

No changes are expected to be made unless there is a significant change in storm path or intensity.

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