Canaveral Port Authority Marks World Maritime Day


Global focus on shipping safety, marine environment 

Port Canaveral, FL – Sept. 27, 2018 – The Canaveral Port Authority joins in a global observance of World Maritime Day on Thursday, Sept. 27, to focus on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.
“World Maritime day enables us to highlight the cooperation between ports and vessels,” Port CEO Capt. John Murray stated. “That partnership is crucial to maintaining and enhancing a safe and efficient maritime transportation system.”
As an ocean gateway to Central Florida, Port Canaveral expects that cargo revenue will reach $9.7 million, a 3.1 percent increase, and cargo tonnage will increase 2.7 percent in the coming budget year. The Port has more than 30 trading partners around the world and handles more than 6 million of tons of cargo annually, including container, break-bulk, roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro), heavy lift, project and bulk cargo. Major imports at the Port are cars and trucks, fertilizer, granite, limestone, lumber, paper products, perishables, petroleum, salt and slag.
World Maritime Day, created by the United Nations through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), falls on the last week of September. The day was first observed in 1978 to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. This year’s theme is "IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future," marking the 70th anniversary of an international convention in Geneva, Switzerland, that established the IMO, a specialized UN agency that develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping.
The IMO has grown from 21 member states to about 167 member states and three associate members. Members include nearly all nations with an interest in maritime affairs, including those involved in the shipping industry and coastal states with an interest in protecting their maritime environment.
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Led by the elected five-member Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners and Port Director and CEO, Captain John Murray, Port Canaveral is one of the world's most dynamic and exciting ports. A world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a gateway to new frontiers, including space, Port Canaveral hosts more than 4 million revenue cruise passengers through its state-of-the-art terminals and more than 6 million of tons of cargo annually, including bulk, break-bulk, project, and containerized. The Port is strategically located to service all Florida markets, as well as the Southeastern United States. In addition to world class cruise facilities and diverse cargo operations, Port Canaveral offers more recreational opportunities than all other Florida deep-water seaports combined, including public parks, free public boat ramps, marinas, an entertainment district, and the seven-story interactive exhibit and event venue Exploration Tower. For more information, visit
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