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 (13 km)

Main Channel Mean Low Water Levels

Entrance Channel: -14 meters (-46 feet)
Main Channel: -13.4 meters (-44 feet)
Central Turning Basin: -13.1 meters (-43 feet)
West Turning Basin: -13.1 meters (-43 feet)

Channel Depths and Restrictions

The Canaveral Port Authority provides depths in channel of -13.4 meters (-44 feet)
Maximum Draft in Channel: -12.2 meters (-40 feet)
Minimum Under-keel Clearance for Vessels in Channel: 1 meter (3.3 feet)

Tide Restrictions

Vessels drawing 11.6 meters (38 feet) or less: Transit anytime
Vessels drawing more than 11.6 meters (38 feet) up to 12.2 meters (40 feet) and any cargo vessel proceeding to the West Basin, will be advised by the Canaveral Harbormaster and Canaveral Pilots of the time of boarding by a pilot for transit with consideration given to the stage of the tide.
NOTE: Vessels drawing more than 11.6 meters (38 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 (609.6 meters x 426.7 meters)
West Turning Basin: 2000 feet x 1400 feet (609.6 meters x 426.7 meters)


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.
Phone: (321) 783 - 7832