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Navigating Port Canaveral
  – Channel and Dock Statistics and Restrictions

Channel length is 7 nautical miles (12.9K)

Main Channel Mean Low Water Levels
Entrance Channel: -44 feet (- 13.4 meters)
Main Channel: -41 feet (- 12.5 meters)
Central Turning Basin: -38 feet (- 12.4 meters)
W. Turning Basin: -35 feet (- 10.7 meters)

Channel Depths and Restrictions
Army Corps Project Depth for channel leading to above berths is -39 feet (-11.88 meters). In addition, the Canaveral Port Authority provides depths in channel of -41 feet (-12.5 meters).
Maximum Draft in Channel: -39 feet-06 inches (- 12 meters)
Minimum Under-keel Clearance for Vessels in Channel: 02 feet-06 inches (0.76 meters)

Tide Restrictions
Vessels drawing 36 feet (11 meters) or less: Transit anytime
Vessels drawing over 36 feet or 11 meters (up to 39 feet-06 inches or 12 meters): Begin movements 2 hours before High Water
NOTE: Vessels drawing over 36 feet (11 meters) draft require three tugboats and a 48-hour notice is requested 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 Draft Limits

Berth

Vessel Length

Maximum Draft

North 1

Unlimited

38'-09"

11.8M

North 2

Unlimited

38'-09"

11.8M

North 3

Unlimited

32'-00

9.75M

North 4

Not to extend more than 
225' (68.58M) to west of pier face

34'-00"

11M

Tanker Berth 1

Not to extend more than 
140' (42.67M) to west of pier face

39'06"

12M

Tanker Berth 2/
South 4 & 5

Unlimited

39.06"

12M

South 1/2/3

Unlimited

34'10"

10.6M

Cruise Terminal 2/3

Unlimited

33'00"

10M

Cruise Terminal 4

Not to extend more than 
100' (30.48M) to west of pier face

31'06"

9.6M

Cruise Terminal 5

970′ (295.66M) of docking space

35'00"

10.7M

Cruise Terminal 8

1,000′ (304.8M) of docking space

35'00"

10.7M

Cruise Terminal 9/10

1,100′ (335.28M) of docking space

Not to extend more than 
100' (30.48M) to west of pier face

33'-06"

10.2M

NOTE: Minimum under-keel clearance for vessels at all berths is 6 inches (.076 meters) 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 and channel shoaling. To receive updates of Port Canaveral Operational Guidelines, Surge Warning Letter for Moored Vessels, Pilot Rates, or other information, fax your request to Canaveral Pilots at 321-783-6268.



 




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