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Port Canaveral, FL – Canaveral Port Authority employees gathered on the front lawn of the Port’s Maritime Center to raise a commemorative flag in what will be the first of a series of events acknowledging sixty-five years of Port Canaveral history, growth and success.  

Port Canaveral, FL – For the fourth year in a row, Port Canaveral will host the Fireworks Before the Fireworks, one of the area’s most popular Fourth of July events with fireworks and family-centered festivities on the lawn of the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. Events scheduled from 5 to 10 PM feature a family fun “street fair” with food, drinks, live music, face painting and other activities for kids provided by local vendors and businesses. The fireworks display will begin shortly after sunset.  Admission is free, and all guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. 
 

Port Canaveral, FL – Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Enchantment of the Seas was welcomed back to Port Canaveral today launching a new season of three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port. Port Canaveral was the homeport for the 2,950 passenger Enchantment until 2016.  All Enchantment sailings from Port Canaveral feature a port-of-call at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island. 

Port Canaveral, FL –  The U.S. Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, the USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at Naval Ordinance Test Unit (NOTU) on September 29, 2018.  The historic commissioning event is expected to draw attendance by senior military leaders, elected and appointed governmental officials and numerous business and community leaders. A series of commissioning-related events will be held at Port Canaveral prior to and after the commissioning ceremony. 
 

Port Canaveral, FL – The Canaveral Harbor and Canaveral Sand Bypass projects will receive priority funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2018 Workplan. The Corps has allocated $14,760,000 to the Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass project and $1,470,000 will be provided for maintenance of the Port’s harbor and the Canaveral Locks. 

Port Canaveral, FL – Texas A&M Maritime Academy cadets and their faculty sailed into Port Canaveral aboard the U.S. Maritime Service Training Ship Kennedy, marking the first arrival of the vessel at the Port.  275 Texas Maritime Academy cadets are on-board the vessel to gain critical hands-on ship operating experience in fulfillment of a required seven-week sea term.
Port Canaveral, FL –  Port Canaveral has completed, ahead of schedule, an eight-month modernization project to renovate its North Cargo Piers 1 and 2.  The project is part of an overall infrastructure improvement plan to maximize usability of existing bulkhead space at the Port.
Port Canaveral, FL – The growth of cruising from Port Canaveral hit another milestone as the Norwegian Sun sailed out of the Port on its inaugural voyage to Havana, Cuba today.  Fresh out of dry dock enhancement, Norwegian Sun returned to Port Canaveral to begin her homeport Summer 2018 sailing season.
Port Canaveral, FL – Canaveral Port Authority has named Michael B. Poole as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Port Canaveral, effective May 11, 2018. A well-respected seaport industry executive, Poole brings to the Port 30 years experience in maritime transportation, municipal finance, public accounting, and financial and operating auditing.
Port Canaveral, FL – Fitch Ratings affirmed today the 'A' rating on approximately $64.3 million of Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) port revenue bonds.  The Rating Outlook is Stable.  Today's announcement by the credit rating agency underscores Port Canaveral's market position as a leading cruise-focused port in the U.S. With approximately five million revenue passengers expected in Fiscal Year 2018, the Port is the world's second busiest cruise port and Florida's third largest by operating revenue.
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has commenced the largest single construction project in the history of the Port. Demolition of the Port’s oldest cruise terminal began today to make way for a new state-of-the-art terminal with upgraded berth and a new parking garage. Deconstruction of the existing Cruise Terminal 3 facility is expected to be completed by July this year.
Port Canaveral, FL – The future is bright for Port Canaveral, now home to forty-two new solar panels in the form of energy producing solar trees.  Port Canaveral has partnered with the Florida Power and Light (FPL) SolarNow™ program to plant solar trees at key locations at the Port where visitors can plug in, charge their devices, and enjoy the much-needed shade. The trees, located on the lawn of the Exploration Tower and Jetty Park, will showcase solar energy and generate zero emissions energy for many years to come.
 
Port Canaveral, FL – A new class of post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessel made its first visit to Port Canaveral, marking the second time this year a vehicle carrier megaship of this size has called on the Port. Launched in 2017, the MV Donington PPX roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) vessel arrived at Port Canaveral as part of its inaugural U.S. itinerary. With its 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, the Donington is Hoegh Autoliners’ largest Post-Panamax vessel to call on the Port. The ship arrived at Port Canaveral, its second U.S. port of call after delivering vehicles to Port Freeport in Texas last week.

Port Canaveral is excited to be sharing the future with one of our partners, SpaceX.Watch their video showing highlights of the recent Falcon 9 Heavy launch, with many of the video clips taken right here in Port Canaveral.
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The January/February issue of Maritime Logistics Professional spotlight on Port Canaveral, with interviews from CEO Capt. John Murray and other Port staff. Click before to read the full article.
Port Canaveral, FL – With a ceremonial ribbon cutting, Port Canaveral officially opened the highly anticipated expanded parking lot at the Cove on the Port’s south side. The approximate 160,000 square foot newly paved lot, located between Glen Cheek Drive and Mullet Road, boasts an additional 337 parking spaces, an approximate 150% increase from the original 225 parking spots. Construction began in August 2017 and was completed in February 2018, more than two months ahead of schedule at a total cost of $1.22 million.
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral Historian George P. Kistner III has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Brevard County Historical Commission. The prestigious appointment was issued by Brevard County Commissioner John Tobia during yesterday’s meeting of the Brevard County Commissioners in Viera.  Kistner’s term is effective immediately, and he will serve through December 31, 2018.
The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to bolster Port security programs and critical infrastructure.  Port Canaveral is one of thirty-three U.S. ports to have been awarded direct grants by FEMA for FY’17 which will be used for direct support of maritime security risk mitigation.
 
Port Canaveral, FL –The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded an $8.245 million grant from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for a roadway improvement project to support the Port's growth and expansion in cruise and cargo business. Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the grant award to Port Canaveral at an event held in Jacksonville on Tuesday.
Port Canaveral, FL –  More than 50 students, Port Canaveral staff, and community volunteers braved chilly temperatures and brisk winds Tuesday morning to clear marine debris and trash on a stretch of Jetty Park Beach at Port Canaveral. The cleanup was organized by Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) in partnership with the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral, the Canaveral Pilots Association, and the Canaveral Port Authority.
Port Canaveral, FL – A new multi-purpose cargo berth at Port Canaveral was given the green light at the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting this week. Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with building a new North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8) to accommodate a growing cargo portfolio that includes commercial spacecraft components.  
Port Canaveral, FL – The final version of Port Canaveral's Strategic Master Plan was presented to the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners for discussion and voting at the regular meeting of the Board today.  Lead consultant for the Plan, Luis Ajamil of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc., the Miami-based consultants who prepared the Plan for the Port Authority, made the presentation to the Board.
Port Canaveral, FL – The new class of post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessels made an inaugural visit to Port Canaveral recently. The PPX Ro/Ro vessel MOL’s Brooklands, is the first of its kind to call on Port Canaveral.  With a 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, MOL’s Brooklands is the largest Post-Panamax vessel to call on the Port.
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral staff were on hand to welcome the captain and crew of the Höegh Sydney roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessel on her inaugural visit to the Port. The Sydney’s arrival at Port Canaveral is the first U.S. port call for the vessel on a transit that originated in East Asia.
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral was the site for a conference that outlined plans to renourish Brevard County beaches as part of the Brevard County Shore Protection Project.  The pre-construction meeting was organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the lead coordinator to provide details of the $17.4 million dollar project, which is expected to get underway in late January, 2018.
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral will be the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Elation as they launch a new year-round schedule of four- and five-day cruises beginning May 12, 2019. Carnival announced today that the newly renovated ship will encompass four-day “long weekend” cruises departing Thursdays to Freeport and Nassau and five-day voyages departing Mondays and Saturdays to Amber Cove and Grand Turk.
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has completed the deepening of the West Turning Basin, which now allows deeper draft access to the Port's container cargo facility operated by GT USA at North Cargo Berth 5 and 6. The 6-month project deepened the West Turning Basin to the authorized depth of -43 feet plus 2 feet additional overdredge, complimenting the existing authorized Port channel depth of -44 feet. 
Port Canaveral, FL –  A delegation of over 50 influential dignitaries from around the world visited Port Canaveral yesterday as part of the Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) tour, promoting Port Canaveral as an internationally known hub for business innovation and entrepreneurship. 
Port Canaveral, FL – At a ceremonial ribbon cutting today, Port Canaveral officially opened the doors to a new Port Security Operations Center.  Located on the Port’s north side, the new facility is adjacent to Canaveral Fire Rescue Station 54 and the Port’s Interagency Maritime Operations Center.  

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. 
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.
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.
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