Location

The Port's location is given as LAT 28°24.6N and LONG 80°36.5W.
 

Channel

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 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)


North Cargo Facilities 
Berth Dock Length Maximum Draft
NCP 1 / 2 393.2 m 1290’ 12 m 39’06”
NCP 31 121.9 m 400’ 9.75 m 32’00”
NCP 41 121.9 m 400’ 9.75 m 32’00”
NCB 5 / 62 570.6 m 1872’ 12.2 m 40’00”
NCB 8 274.2 m 1020’ 10.7 m 35’00”
1-Max LOA: 425’; Max Beam: 75’ 
2-Contact Harbormaster if additional draft is required
 

North Cruise Terminals (CT)
Terminal Dock Length Maximum Draft
CT 5 208.8 m 685’ 10.2 m 33’06”
CT 6 211.2 m 693’ 10.2 m 33’06”
CT 8 240.2 m 788’ 9.75 m 32’00”
CT 10  248.1 m 814’ 10.4 m 34’00”
 
South Cargo Facilities
Berth Dock Length Maximum Draft
SCP 1
492.2 m

1615’
9.75 m 32’00”
SCP 24 12 m 39’06”
SCP 3 12 m 39’06”
SCP 4 125.6 m 412’ 12.2 m 40’00”
4-Max Draft: Valid up until 975 ft. mark; Max Beam: 106’ east of 800ft. mark
 

South Cruise Terminals (CT)
Terminal Dock Length Maximum Draft
CT 1 431.9 m 1417’ 11.1 m 36’06”
CT 2 212.4 m 697’ 10 m 33’00”
CT 3 399 m 1309’ 10 m 33’00”

NOTE: 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 always .1524 meters (6 inches). 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.

 
Email: Ops-Harbormasters@portcanaveral.com
Phone: 321-783-7831 ext 329