Port Operations

Port Canaveral is committed to the safe and secure movement of vessels and commerce. As a global gateway, the Port handles more than 4 million short tons of cargo annually. We provide congestion-free, world-class operations to get your product to market quickly and efficiently.

For additional information on rates, rules and regulations, view the Port Tariff.

Anchorage

Port Canaveral’s anchorage is located at LAT 28°21.5N and LONG 80°33.2W. Please take note of our Endangered Species Watch as you approach the coastal waters off central Florida. Vessels arriving from offshore may find safe anchorage in the general vicinity of one mile south to southwest of approach Channel Buoy #3. Anchorage must not impede the safe progress of other vessels transiting to/from the approach channel. There are no designated anchorages within the Port for navigation safety purposes. See our Navigation page for harbor and dock draft limits and tide restrictions.

Arrival Notification

The Canaveral Pilots Association and Canaveral Port Authority Harbormasters require a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to arrival at the Port.

Bunkering

Light and heavy bunkers, diesel fuel and lube oils can be supplied via road tanker, truck and in some cases, pipeline.

Entering Canaveral Harbor

All vessels entering the Port must utilize the services of an approved Canaveral Port Authority permitted steamship agent. Agents must provide all pertinent information to Harbormasters office when arranging for vessel dockage. Agents will follow the prescribed information list from the Harbormasters office when booking a vessel. See our Cargo Tenants and Services page for a list of permitted agents.

Garbage

Please contact the Canaveral Port Authority Harbormaster 48 hours in advance of vessel arrival for a list of U.S. Coast Guard approved APHIS Reception Facilities, MARPOL Annex V, and sloppy-wastes. USCG Certificate of Adequacy holders must be used. Garbage offload is set by Local Port Agent.

Line Handling

Canaveral Port Authority Harbormasters provide line handling which is required of all vessels making fix to all docks and quays. Rate is based upon prevailing Port Tariff.

Local Time

GMT -5 hours

Local Weather

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Operating Hours

Canaveral Port Authority: 24 hours, 365 days per year.
Customs & Border Protection: 0830 - 1700 hrs. Monday - Friday (on call 24 hours).
Pilots: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Tugs: 24 hours, 365 days per year
U.S. Coast Guard: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Brevard Sheriff's Office: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Line Handlers: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Fuel Suppliers: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Stevedores & Agents: 24 hours, 365 days per year

Piloting

Pilots are required of all vessels drawing 2.13 meters (7 feet) of draft. Pilots board inbound vessels one nautical mile southeast of Lighted Buoy #3; LAT 28°20.7N and LONG 80°30.5W.

Piloting Contact

Canaveral Pilots Association
P.O. Box 816
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Radio: Pilots monitor VHF Channel 12.
Telephone: To order pilot, (321) 783-4645
Fax: To request information, (321) 783-6268

Potable Water

Drinking water is available at all berths with supply capacities of 300 gallons to 700 gallons per minute contingent upon berth. Water is priced at 240 gallons/short ton based upon prevailing Port Tariff. Fittings for hose for connections (inches or millimeters) are available based on Port Tariff. Hoses are not available.

Radio Communications

USCG VHF Channel 16
Port Canaveral Working Channel VHF 12

Stevedoring

Both union and non-union stevedoring firms are permitted at Port Canaveral. Only firms that have valid operating certificates are allowed to perform stevedoring services at the Port. 

Tides

Click here for the latest tidal information at Port Canaveral

Towage

Pilots and/or Harbormasters will arrange for tugboats of the agent’s or vessel choice. NOTE: Vessels drawing more than 11.6 meters (38 feet) require three tugboats and 48-hour notice to prevent delays.