Navigating Port Canaveral


The Port's location is given as LAT 28°24.6N and LONG 80°36.5W.


Channel length is 7 nautical miles (12.9K)

Main Channel Mean Low Water Levels

Entrance Channel: -13.4 meters (-44 feet)
Main Channel: -12.5 meters (-41 feet)
Central Turning Basin: -12.4 meters (-38 feet)
West Turning Basin: -10.7 meters (-35 feet)

Channel Depths and Restrictions

The Canaveral Port Authority provides depths in channel of -12.5 meters (-41 feet)
Maximum Draft in Channel: -12 meters (-39 feet-06 inches)
Minimum Under-keel Clearance for Vessels in Channel: 0.76 meters (02 feet-06 inches)

Tide Restrictions

Vessels drawing 11 meters (36 feet) or less: Transit anytime
Vessels drawing more than 11 meters (36 feet) up to 12 meters (39 feet-06 inches): Begin movements 2 hours before High Water
NOTE: Vessels drawing more than 11 meters (36 feet) draft require three tugboats and a 48-hour notice to ensure there are no delays.

Swing or Turning Basin Radius

Central Turning Basin: 2000 feet x 1400 feet (600 meters x 427 meters)
West Turning Basin: 2000 feet x 1400 feet (600 meters x 427 meters)

Berth Limits

Berth Dock Length (actual) Maximum Draft
North Cargo 1/2 390.14M 1280' 11.8M 38'-07"
North Cargo 3 137.16M 405' 8.6M 28'-01"
North Cargo 4 121.61M 399' 9.6M 31'-06"
North Cargo 5/6 499.26M 1638' 11.5M 37'-07"
Tanker Berth 1/
South Cargo 4
122.83M 403' 12M 39'-06"
South Cargo 1/2/3 4914.33M 1612' 10.6M 36' to 34'-10"
Cruise Terminal 1 431.90M 1417' 11.1M 36'-06"
Cruise Terminal 2 212.44M 697' 10M 33'-00"
Cruise Terminal 3 226.16M 742' 10M 33'-00"
Cruise Terminal 5 171.90M 564' 10.7M 35'-00"
Cruise Terminal 6 210.92M 692' 10.7M 35'-00"
Cruise Terminal 8 241.09M 829' 10.7M 35'-00"
Cruise Terminal 10 252.67M 829' 10.7M 33'-06"

NOTE: Many of our berths are contiguous and can accommodate vessels exceeding the berth length listed.  Each vessel will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Harbormasters office and the Pilots.  Minimum under-keel clearance for vessels at all berths is .1524 meters (6 inches) at all times. It is the responsibility of the vessel's Master to ensure that this requirement is met.

Further restrictions may be imposed due to vessel characteristics. To receive updates of Port Canaveral Operational Guidelines, Surge Warning Letter for Moored Vessels, Pilot Rates, or other information, contact the Harbormasters office.