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Port Canaveral, FL – Canaveral Port Authority officials led a groundbreaking ceremony today to mark the official start of construction for a new bait and tackle shop, which will be located adjacent to the public boat ramps at Freddie Patrick Park. Named, “Water’s Edge”, the new facility will feature an expanded bait and tackle retail shop, a new café and outdoor seating offering views of the Port Canaveral channel.

Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral today announced a new record for the Port's cruise operations. More than 4.5 million cruise passenger movements were logged at the Port in 2017, outpacing numbers set in 2016.  
Port Canaveral, FL –  Port Canaveral joins the nation in recognizing the men and women of our Armed Forces to honor them on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.
 
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral's Cruise Team is gaining a new dimension with the appointment of Dave German as Director, Cruise Business Development, effective Friday, November 10, 2017. German previously served as Port Canaveral's Senior Harbormaster. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the Port's alliances with cruise lines for both home ported and port-of-call vessels.

Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has been selected to host two of the world’s newest and largest ships. In an announcement made by Royal Caribbean International, Oasis Class Harmony of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral beginning May 2019, offering 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has been a center of activity for multiple coordinated relief efforts to aid the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico by providing needed resources to the island as the recovery process continues in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

The comment period for the Port Canaveral Strategic Master Plan Draft will end at midnight, October 31, 2017.

Port Canaveral commissioners are seeking to reassure residents that the port's proposed master plan would not lead to some of the residents' worst fears: new property taxes or a cargo rail route over the Banana River.
(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — As talk in Washington, D.C., these days includes conversations on the administration’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan, maritime infrastructure was in the spotlight at the 91st annual International Propeller Club Convention held Oct. 18-20 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The theme of the convention was “Modernizing Ports for the Future” and was hosted by the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral.

Port Canaveral already is known as Florida’s second-busiest place for cruise ships — but it’s looking to become a key spot for rockets, too.

In fact, the Canaveral Port Authority is planning to  capitalize on the growing activity by big companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin to create an area called the spaceport.

Maritime industry leaders from throughout the country have converged on the Space Coast this week, as Port Canaveral hosts the International Propeller Club's annual convention.

A high-powered lineup of speakers is addressing the more than 200 participants at the convention, which is focusing on modernizing ports for the future

Port Canaveral has big plans for the next 20 years as it prepares to capitalize on the growth in cruise demands, space business, recreational uses and more.
Port Canaveral, FL – Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has scheduled a meeting to roll out the Port's Strategic Master Plan draft.  The community session is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16th in the Commissioners' Meeting Room at the Port's Maritime Center.  Bermello Ajamil & Partners, consultants who prepared the plan for the CPA, will provide an overview of the master plan draft, and Port staff will be on-hand for breakout sessions to answer questions on details of the plan draft.
Due to Hurricane Irma, the Port’s Strategic Master Plan public review session, that was originally scheduled for Thrusday, September 21, has been rescheduled to Monday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at Maritime Center.
The business of getting back to business is underway across the Central Florida area. Boards have been removed from windows and broken tree limbs are being mulched. Whether or not the power is on, some form of normalcy slowly is emerging in the post-Hurricane Irma era.
Port Canaveral, FL – Today, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) removed waterside restrictions for Port Canaveral to facilitate full resumption of commercial vessel operations. The Port is continuing to address issues related to infrastructure, specifically the degraded water supply to fully regain operational capability. These limitations affect the Port's firefighting capability, availability of safe drinking water, and sanitation facilities.
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral is continuing to make progress towards regaining full operational capability. U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) late yesterday set Hurricane Condition Four in the Port and approved restricted commercial vessel transit through Port Canaveral. The Hurricane Condition Four remains in effect today for Port Canaveral due to issues related to the port infrastructure, specifically the degraded water supply.
Port Canaveral, FL – Efforts are well underway at Port Canaveral to resume normal operations. As of 12 noon today, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) approved restricted commercial vessel transit through Port Canaveral to allow the Port to support the arrival of critical fuel supplies destined for Florida consumers, and to receive cruise ships that were diverted from Port Canaveral prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
Port Canaveral, FL – Efforts are underway at Port Canaveral for a new cruise terminal. The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has contracted with CH2M Engineering to provide the waterside design, engineering and support services for Port Canaveral's new Cruise Terminal 3.  CPA Commissioners approved the $1.2 million funding for CH2M's project management contract at its June 7 meeting

A new business opportunity is on the horizon for Port Canaveral — one that will help the region’s cruise, shipping and commercial space industries grow: Supplying clean fuel.

In fact, the move for ships to use clean fuels is a need the seaport has to fill, Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray said during Orlando Business Journal’s Doing Business in Brevard County event on Aug. 25.

Quite fittingly, the telephone area code for Central Florida’s Space Coast is 321 – an homage to the final three numbers in the countdown sequence for rocket launches. But, while the area code wasn’t assigned by the Florida Public Service Commission until 1999, the Sunshine State’s Atlantic Coast has been home to unmanned space launches even before astronaut Rear Adm. Alan Shepard took off in May 1961 from what is now known as Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Having fueled smog and pollution around the globe since the advent of the modern shipping industry, ports haven’t had the best environmental reputations. Yet stewardship, public perception and new regulations have driven many to significantly clean up their acts...
Port Canaveral welcomed U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) and representatives of her staff for a discussion on Port operations and a behind-the-scenes tour that highlighted the strategic importance of the Port as a world-class gateway for commerce and tourism driver for Central Florida.
On August 9, 2017, I had the opportunity to visit and tour Port Canaveral, Fla. and discuss liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Attendees at the discussion included Port Canaveral leadership, staff, port partners...
Federal Maritime Commissioner Leads Discussion for Port stakeholders on growing use of LNG for ship propulsion to meet international emission standards set to take effect in 2020
 
Located just 45 miles east of Orlando and next to some of the nicest beaches and family-friendly attractions in the United States, Port Canaveral is a mecca for visitors both coming and going on cruises. It has become a major factor in the region’s tourism economy, pumping in an estimated annual $465 million, as ship passengers enjoy what Central Florida has to offer.
 Port Canaveral Environmental Director Bob Musser recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to brief the Congressional Estuary Caucus on the importance of the National Estuaries Program to the nation’s economy. Musser spoke

Norwegian Cruise Line will offer cruises to Cuba from Port Canaveral starting in summer 2018. The cruise line will send Norwegian Sun fresh off a dry-dock overhaul to the port, offering four-night voyages with overnight stops in Havana, as well as Key West, and three-night itineraries to the Bahamas.

In Port Canaveral tradition, staff recently boarded the MOL Mermaid Ace to welcome the captain and crew on her inaugural visit to the Port. The vessel is the thirteenth roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessel to visit the port in recent months. Earlier this year, MOL began new carrier ...
It was the ideal day for anyone to be at Port Canaveral. The massive 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty cruise ship was docked and prepping for its next voyage. Cargo trucks were loading and unloading products headed inland.
On Wednesday, Port Canaveral hosted the official opening of a 24,000 square foot manufacturing facility for satellite supplier RUAG Space USA, a sign of the growing importance of the space business for a port that is best known for its cruises. RUAG’s new facility is in a leased space at the port’s logistics center in Titusville.

Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners and Port staff joined with local and state officials and space industry leaders to mark the official opening of the RUAG Space USA, Inc. manufacturing facility at the Port Canaveral Logistics Center in Titusville, Fla.

Port Canaveral has been chosen by Norwegian Cruise Line to host the Norwegian Sun, which will offer all-inclusive four-day cruises to Havana, Cuba and Key West, and three-day cruises to the Bahamas beginning May 2018.
For a seaport, Port Canaveral still has plenty of potential land available for the right suitors...
The Canaveral Port Authority commissioners and staff were saddened to learn former Port staff member and community leader, William “Bill” Ellis...
Today Port Canaveral welcomed back a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster after its successful June 23 launch and landing aboard the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You. This was the most challenging ...
Commercial rocket company SpaceX is helping satcom providers reshape maritime communications – and it's creating a "spaceport" cottage industry of its own. The firm's first-stage rockets return to earth by landing on refitted deck...
Port Canaveral was the site today for a full-scale training exercise designed to test emergency response and recovery plans for a major incident staged at the Port’s Cruise Terminal 5.  The Canaveral Port Authority, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Canaveral Fire Rescue sponsored the exercise to assess public safety response capabilities and future training requirements.
The Coast Guard is in the midst of a full-scale investigation of what the agency and Port Canaveral officials are describing as an "oily sheen" that was reported over Memorial Day weekend in the channel near the Cove area of the port.
 

Ciiting interest from cruise lines in bringing more ships to Port Canaveral, the port’s governing body approved more than $1.2 million in funds to begin work on replacing Cruise Terminal 3.

Canaveral Port Authority commissioners approved the funds to several companies led by Colorado-based engineering company CH2M Hill.

Port Canaveral has been awarded Green Marine environmental certification in recognition of the Port’s effective environmental leadership and management.
At a special commission meeting held today, the Port Canaveral Board has taken the final step to authorize the sale transaction of approximately 271 acres of land located on State Road 524 near Interstate 95 in Cocoa to Wal-Mart Stores East, LP. The site was purchased by
Port Canaveral has been named an official participant in the Southeast U.S. In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 
Seaport Canaveral Corp. marked the opening of their newly expanded truck load rack during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held earlier today at their terminal operations center in Port Canaveral.
Chosen for his outstanding leadership, Captain John Murray, Port Director and CEO of the Canaveral Port Authority, was named the Maritime Person of the Year for 2017 by the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral.
The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled to liftoff between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from the Kennedy Space Center. Residents in the surrounding areas which include Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville may hear a sonic boom.

 

Cruise ships are a familiar sight at Port Canaveral, looming on the horizon low and large as you cross over the Banana River.

Expect to see more, because it’s already been a good year for Florida’s cruise industry. In fact, Florida bookings increased 20 percent so far in 2017 compared to the same period last year, AAA said in a release.

Port Canaveral was pleased to host LEAD Brevard at Exploration Tower today.  The session titled, "One World, One Community" was the eighth and final session of Leadership Brevard's 2017 seminar series.
The Canaveral Port Authority will say goodbye to the Carnival Magic and hello to the Carnival Breeze in September 2018 as Carnival Cruise Line repositions the newer 3,690-passenger ship to Port Canaveral.
During the November Commission meeting, Board members unanimously selected Tom Weinberg to serve as Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority after newly elected Micah Loyd and Bob Harvey formally were sworn in to begin their terms.
During its October Board meeting, the Canaveral Port Authority approved designs for a Port Canaveral display at the new Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island and contributed $25,000 to the expansion project.
Some $32.715 million in proposed revenue refunding bonds series 2016C (AMT) and $27.045 million 2016D (non-AMT) have received A2 ratings from Moody’s Investors Service, which also affirmed a stable financial outlook for Port Canaveral.

As Port Canaveral continues to prepare for Hurricane Matthew, we ask that Port tenants and businesses take all necessary precautions to protect life, property and the environment. 

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With forecasts indicating severe weather conditions related to Hurricane Matthew, Port Canaveral CEO John Murray today issued an evacuation order for landside operations.
After undergoing a $48.38 million transformation in order to handle larger and modern ships, Cruise Terminal 5 opened this past weekend hosting the Carnival Valor
 In an unanimous vote, the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners today agreed to contribute $100,000 to the Indian River Lagoon Council for public education to address the causes of damage to the estuary and motivate collaborative community action on the solutions.
The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has responded to a request for information on an alternative rail extension route that aligns with State Road 528.
The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) last night held the first of a series of community meetings to discuss the importance of rail and intermodal transportation to the future of Brevard County and the central Florida region. 
Starting in February 2016, Carnival Cruise Line passengers sailing from Port Canaveral will have the larger Carnival Victory as their vessel for shorter vacations and in December 2016, those seeking weeklong Caribbean cruises will have the new Carnival Magic as an option.
With $617 million in capital projects planned and under way for expansion of its cruise and cargo operations moving forward, Canaveral Port Authority has received Fitch’s  ‘A’ rating for $26.9 million of outstanding revenue bonds, series 2005 and 2006 A&B, and a rating of ‘stable’ for  all Port bonds.
The new and improved Port Canaveral website at www.portcanaveral.com launched this week, providing users and smart devices with more streamlined content and easier navigation.
As one of two finalists for Volkswagen’s North American auto distribution center, Port Canaveral is well positioned to attract other automakers interested in its unique auto parking facility, a major step in cargo expansion under way at central’s Florida’s maritime gateway to the global marketplace. 
During the first meeting of 2015, Port Canaveral Commissioners voted unanimously for attorney Jerry Allender to serve as the new Chairman of the five-member elected Board.
Martin Marietta utilized the new and improved bulk conveyor system at Port Canaveral for the first time when the Bahamas Spirit discharged limestone at South Cargo Pier 4.
Port Canaveral Scrap Terminal LLC (PCST) today loaded about 20,000 tons of scrap metal aboard the Grikos to export to Turkey, where it will be used to create finished steel products.
The proposed Port Canaveral Rail Extension project, which would extend cargo rail service and increase cargo capabilities to Port Canaveral, is currently in the scoping phase of the environmental review process.
Starting November 15, 2014, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas begins homeporting at Port Canaveral through March 2015.
Starting October 1, the Brevard Sheriff Department becomes responsible for law enforcement and seaport security services at Port Canaveral as part of a $4.9 million annual contract.
Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh among seaport executives offering their input on infrastructure and policy needs to support growing export market & global trade