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Latest Draft of the Port Canaveral Strategic Master Plan

To view the latest draft of the Port Canaveral Strategic Master Plan, click here.





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The Canaveral Port Authority Maritime Center administrative offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 in observance of Columbus Day.

Offices will re-open on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.






Port Canaveral Strategic Master Plan Community Meeting Notice

Click Here to view the PDF version of the Meeting Notice

Please note that RSVP is not required, but will be used to ensure that the location will be large enough to accommodate all those who are interested in attending. To RSVP click the image above. 




NOTU Change of Command Ceremony


A military change of command ceremony will be held at Port Canaveral's Cruise Terminal 5 on the morning of Friday, September 29, 2017. In keeping with naval traditions, a loud gun salute will be sounded as a part of the ceremony and involves the firing of several blank rounds from ceremonial 40mm cannons. The gun salute will occur at 10:07 am. 




Strategic Master Plan Public Meeting Update


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.

There will be no meeting Thursday, September 21, 2017.




Hurricane Irma: Online Parking Pre-Pay System Update

September 19, 2017

Our online parking pre-pay system is now available, as of September 19, 2017. Customers are now able to pre-pay for parking for their cruises online by going to www.portcanaveral.com/Cruise/Cruise-Lines-Schedules.




Hurricane Irma: Online Parking Pre-Pay System

September 18, 2017

Due to Hurricane Irma, our online pre-pay system is not available. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please know that Pay-at-the-Port pricing is the same as online pricing, and parking is on a first come, first serve basis.




Strategic Master Plan Public Meeting Update

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Port’s Strategic Master Plan public review session has been rescheduled to Monday, October 16th at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at Maritime Center.



Hurricane Irma: Exploration Tower Reopening Update
 

Due to Hurricane Irma, Exploration Tower will be temporarily closed, and expected to reopen Tuesday, September 19, 2017. 



 

Post-Irma: For this business, normalcy means getting yachts off the front lawn

9/15/2017

ARTICLE ORIGINALLY FROM ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL


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.

For Earl Klotch and the staff at Port Canaveral Marine, normalcy means getting the yachts off the front lawn.

"We had to get about 30 boats in dry dock before the storm, some had to be lined up outside the gate because there just wasn't enough room," says Klotch, a lift operator who deftly pilots a remote-controlled behemoth with a touch of his thumb.

Port Canaveral Marine's 110-ton mobile lift can bring vessels in and out of their slips in a matter of minutes. Klotch effortlessly operates the levers on his control box while walking around and underneath the massive, moving structure. Turns are taken at a slow pace as Klotch keeps an eye on the distance between the tires and the end of the pavement. The lift's wheels must be lined up perfectly with the tracks on either side of the boat slip so the boat can be lowered safely into the water.

Since the tools of their trade run on batteries and gasoline, Klotch and his co-workers only had to wait on Coast Guard inspections to get back to work. The rest of Port Canaveral's businesses spent the week waiting on electricity and water to be restored. Restaurants began opening on Sept. 14 as the power came back on.

"I came in to work on Tuesday hoping I could get a breakfast sandwich on the way, but nobody was open. I don't think anyone's seen it as bad as it's been since Sunday, but we're coming back now."

Click Here to see the photo gallery for scenes from Port Canaveral Marine and the Cocoa Beach area.

To view the original Orlando Business Journal article Click Here
 


The Cove Update: 

All Cove restaurants are now up and running and open for business.



Port Canaveral Update on Recreational Facilities (Friday, Sept. 15, 2017)

JETTY PARK:

Port Canaveral's Engineering Team has repairs underway at Jetty Park.  Hoping to have Jetty Park campground and facilities (except Fishing Pier) reopened by next weekend. The Fishing Pier, unfortunately, will be closed until further notice. 

JETTY PARK PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS:

Canaveral Fire Rescue will be clearing their firefighter operations in the area surrounding the Freddie Patrick Park boat ramps adjacent to Jetty Park sometime Friday morning. Recreational boaters should have access to the boat ramps by this afternoon. To avoid ongoing firefighter operations in the vicinity, boaters will need to detour from George King Blvd. and either turn onto Christopher Columbus Dr. passing Cruise Terminals 2 and 3 or turn off of North Atlantic Ave. onto Shorewood Dr. to get to the ramps. Brevard County Sheriff Deputies will likely be there assisting with traffic.

THE CANAVERAL LOCK AND BRIDGE OPENING SCHEDULE:

Per U.S. Coast Guard, starting today, the SR401 bridge will only open on signal for the passage of vessels requiring an opening during the following time periods from:

  • 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. 

  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


This schedule will remain in effect until Saturday, October 14, 2017.



Access to Freddie Patrick Park Boat Ramps Update

Canaveral Fire Rescue will be clearing their firefighter operations in the area surrounding the Freddie Patrick Park boat ramps adjacent to Jetty Park sometime Friday morning. Recreational boaters should have access to the boat ramps by this afternoon. To avoid ongoing firefighter operations in the vicinity, boaters will need to detour from George King Blvd. and either turn onto Christopher Columbus Dr. passing Cruise Terminals 2 and 3 or turn off of North Atlantic Ave. onto Shorewood Dr. to get to the ramps. Brevard County Sheriff Deputies will likely be there assisting with traffic.



Port Canaveral Resumes Waterside Operations

Port operating restrictions removed by U.S. Coast Guard


Port Canaveral, FL – Sept. 14, 2017 – 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’s pre-storm preparations and mitigation efforts prior to Irma's arrival helped to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to the Port's buildings and operations. Initial damage assessment inspection reports indicate mostly cosmetic damage to Port facilities and structures, along with significant debris removal requirements.  At the Port’s Jetty Park, the fishing pier and beach sustained significant storm damage and have been closed to the public pending repairs while the campground, Pavilion and store appear to be in good shape.  The Park will remain closed to public access pending debris removal and further engineering assessments, and assured public water supply remains a concern.
 
Returning the Port to full operational status was hampered by the loss of power and failure of the City of Cocoa water system which supplies the Port.

Business owners and operators in Port Canaveral have returned to their facilities to continue with their recovery and clean up operations, and some restaurants in the Port's Cove District have reopened for business.  However, other commercial operations at Port Canaveral are continuing to be hampered until the public water supply is fully restored by the City of Cocoa, and assured to be stable and safe for consumption.
 
Due to concern for reliable water supplies from the City of Cocoa water system, Canaveral Fire Rescue will maintain established fire suppression capabilities on stand-by basis using water tankers and pump operations.
 
Due to the critical fuel supply provided throughout the state by Seaport Canaveral, the Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Coast Guard issue a temporary deviation to the SR 401 bridge operations to only allow the bridge to open from 12 Noon  to 2:00 PM daily for vessel traffic; the SR 401 bridge would remain closed at all other times. The result would be that vessels with an air draft of approximately 24 feet or greater would need to be controlled due to their impact on bridge operations, and only be permitted to pass through the Canaveral Lock operated by the Corps of Engineers during the 12 Noon  to 2:00 PM bridge openings. Vessels with an air draft less than approximately 24 feet may request to transit through the Lock as per existing procedures and transit under the bridge without impacting bridge operations.  This would only apply while the fuel supply for the State is at a critical level. The Lock and bridge will resume normal operations when the State lifts the requirement with the Coast Guard and Army Corps.



Hurricane Irma: Port Canaveral Parking Update 

  • Port Canaveral parking facilities are open for cruise guests delayed by Hurricane Irma to retrieve their vehicles. There are no restricted access hours. For those who require handicap assistance, contact Port Operations Command Center at (321) 394-3281 or via email at portoperations@bcso.us to coordinate.

  • If someone other than the owner is retrieving the vehicle, please ensure they have proper documentation to prove permission to remove from our parking facility.

  • Port Canaveral has waived additional days of parking costs in a Port-owned terminal parking facility incurred by anyone experiencing delayed arrival due to Hurricane Irma.

  • The Disney Cruise Line parking garage (Terminal 8) toll plaza and pay stations were destroyed in the storm. As a result, credit card machines will be used to accept payment for parking. Credit cards will be the only acceptable form of payment. NO CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

Hurricane Irma: Jetty Park Update

Port Canaveral is continuing to assess the damage to its facilities and grounds from Hurricane Irma.  Jetty Park Pier, campground, and beach sustained significant storm damage and will remain closed indefinitely to public access by BOTH vehicular AND pedestrian traffic.
 
All Jetty Park campground reservations have been cancelled through 9/16 and will likely be extended.  Jetty Park staff will continue to call and notify guests of future cancellations. Please continue to monitor
Port Canaveral’s and Jetty Park’s Facebook pages, along with the Port’s website for updates.

 

Hurricane Irma: Canaveral Lock Opening 


A one-way opening of the Canaveral Lock is scheduled for today (9/14) from 1200-1400 with commercial vessels having priority, however any vessel transiting must have approval from the USCG Sector Jacksonville by contacting them at (904) 714-7557 AND must either be exiting the port or confirm a safe mooring or berthing location within the port by contacting their respective marina or facility operator. Canaveral Lock monitors VHF Channel 13 and the SR 401 Bridge monitors VHF Channel 9.


 

Hurricane Irma: Brevard County Sheriff Office Notification


Due to ongoing Fire Safety Operations, fire hose is being placed across George King Blvd. for operations at the fuel farm. Brevard County Sheriff's have closed George King Blvd and Christopher Columbus.

If access is needed to area east of Christopher Columbus, use the always route onto N. Atlantic Avenue to Shorewood Avenue through Holiday Inn. This should be used for Port Employees needing to access that area.



UPDATE: Port Canaveral Operations

Port operating restrictions; U.S. Coast Guard Hurricane Condition Four remains in effect 

Port Canaveral, FL – Sept. 13, 2017 – 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.
 
These limitations affect the Port's firefighting capability, availability of safe drinking water, and sanitation facilities. Furthermore, conditions of the waterways and port infrastructure are still unknown, and full assessments of the affected areas are still being conducted. The Coast Guard will enforce a temporary safety zone for these post-storm recovery operations.
 
"Today, we had two homeported cruise ships in Port for debark and embark operations involving 14,300 passengers.  This went quickly and smoothly thanks to the efforts and coordination between the Coast Guard, our Port staff, Brevard County Sheriff's, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection," said Port CEO John Murray.  "Returning the Port to normal operations has been hampered by the loss of power and failure of the City of Cocoa water system which supplies the Port.  While we continue to make significant progress, public safety is a top concern for all of us."

Port Canaveral is continuing to assess the damage to its facilities and grounds from Hurricane Irma. Although initial inspection reports indicated mostly cosmetic damage to Port structures, along with significant debris removal requirements, the Port's Jetty Park Pier, campground and beach sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irma and is closed to public access indefinitely.

Port Canaveral has had limited operations capability due to lack of water and intermittent electric power. Business owners and operators in Port Canaveral have been returning to their facilities today to complete damage assessments and conduct initial recovery and clean up operations.  However, commercial operations at Port Canaveral will continued to be hampered until the public water supply is fully restored by the City of Cocoa, and assured to be stable and safe for consumption and sanitation.

"Our ability to support the critical fuel needs of Florida has been a constant priority for us. Seaport Canaveral has been operating at 100 percent since yesterday. We had a fuel tanker vessel arrive at berth yesterday afternoon, and two more tanker vessels are on their way here. Between 10:00 AM yesterday and 3:00 PM today, 385 trucks were loaded and moved through the terminal to deliver gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel throughout the state," said Capt. Murray.  "This could not be possible without the ability to provide firefighting and fire suppression capabilities for the offloading operations.  Without reliable water supplies from the City of Cocoa water system, Canaveral Fire Rescue has been able to deploye and establish critically necessary capabilities using water tankers and pump operations which involve running fire hose lines across some Port roadways that will impact traffic flows on the East end of the Port.”

Under Hurricane Condition Four, unless authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP), all vessels, regardless of size or service, are prohibited from transiting Port Canaveral. Vessels desiring to transit through a regulated area may contact the COTP Jacksonville via telephone at (904) 714-7557, to request authorization. If authorization to transit through a regulated area is granted by the COTP Jacksonville, all vessels receiving such authorization must comply with the instructions of the COTP Jacksonville or a designated representative.

On Thursday, Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Liberty will board passengers for a scheduled cruise and on Friday and Saturday, Disney Cruise Lines will board passengers for Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy scheduled cruises. Cruise passengers scheduled to depart Port Canaveral are advised to check with their cruise lines to confirm details of their ship arrival and departure.

 

Hurricane Irma: Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 8 Parking Payment Update 

Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 8 (Disney Cruise Line Terminal) toll plaza and pay stations were destroyed as a result of the storm. Therefore, credit card machines will be used to accept payment for parking, and credit cards will be the only acceptable form of payment. No cash payments will be accepted. 



Hurricane Irma: Bottled Water Distribution Stations Starting Wednesday Morning


The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, City of Cape Canaveral, City of Cocoa Beach, and City of Cocoa in coordination through the State of Florida has arranged for the Florida Army National Guard to provide four (4) bottled water distribution points for those customers affected by the loss of water pressure from Hurricane Irma.

The following sites will be providing bottled water (1 case per vehicle) beginning today immediately through 7:00 p.m. and continuing through the next two days from 7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. until the supplies are depleted.

  • City of Cape Canaveral, 8550 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 (Northbound lane of Astronaut Blvd.)

  • City of Cocoa, 801 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa, FL 32922 (Entrance South bound lane of US1)

  • Cocoa Beach, 1500 Minuteman Blvd., Cocoa Beach, FL 32932 (Minuteman Causeway at A1A)

  • Merritt Square Mall, 777 East Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, FL 32952 (Please use the South entrance off of Fortenberry Road)

This is an effort to help provide bottled drinking water to customers of the City of Cocoa Water Utilities with no water service caused by Hurricane Irma. Cocoa Utility Crews are continuing to work throughout the system to make sure each customer is receiving safe and quality water as quickly as possible. However, even if there is pressure at your home, please remember there is an active precautionary boil water alert for the entire water system.

For additional information concerning this News Release, please call PIO Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-501-7594.

Click Here to see original New Release.



Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Condition Four was set in the Port of Canaveral

Effective 4:00 p.m., September 12, 2017, Hurricane Condition FOUR was set in the Port of Canaveral.
Hurricane Irma's severe weather is no longer a threat to the ports of Northeast Florida. However, the
conditions of the waterways and port infrastructure are still unknown, and full assessments of the
affected areas are still being conducted. The Coast Guard will enforce a temporary safety zone for these
post-storm recovery operations.
 
This regulated area includes all waters within the Port of Canaveral encompassed within the following
locations: starting at the demarcation line drawn across the seaward extremity of the Port Canaveral
Entrance Channel Jetties, thence following the northern shoreline west to the SR401 Bridge, thence
following the southern shoreline back to origin.
 
Unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), all vessels, regardless of size or service, are
prohibited from transiting in a regulated area until a full assessment of the waterway and port
infrastructure along the regulated area is conducted. As the assessments are being completed, the COTP
may open specific portions of a regulated area and/or allow certain vessels to transit these areas.
 
Vessels desiring to transit through a regulated area may contact the COTP Jacksonville via telephone at
(904) 714-7 557, to request authorization. If authorization to transit through a regulated area is granted
by the COTP Jacksonville, all vessels receiving such authorization must comply with the instructions of
the COTP Jacksonville or a designated representative.
 
For additional information please contact Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville at (904) 714-7557.

Click Here to see the orginal Marine Safety Information Bulletin.


Hurricane Irma: Cruise Terminal Parking Update 


Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1 and 6 parking garages are open for business. Cars can enter and exit.



Hurricane Irma: Carnival Cruise Line September 12, 2017 Latest Update


We [Carnival Cruise Line] continue to closely monitor and adjust our fleet and itineraries following the impacts of Hurricane Irma over the weekend. The safety and security of our guests and team members remains our first priority.
 
We remain in constant contact with port officials regarding port closures in South and Central Florida. Currently, Port Everglades is open for cruise operations and we are awaiting final word from PortMiami, hopefully this evening.
 
Given the storm’s impact, we will be shortening the duration of several upcoming cruises. 
 
Guests who sail on the shortened cruises will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare. Alternatively, guests who wish to cancel due to the modified cruise duration may do so and receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount of their cruise fare. Guests do NOT need to contact Carnival as this will be processed automatically.


Click Here to see full update and to see additional voyages currently affected at this time.



Hurricane Irma: Cruise Parking Update 


Port Canaveral has inspected all of its on-port Cruise Terminal parking garages. There was NO flooding and we have no reported visible damage to vehicles resulting from the storm’s winds. Please know, however, that Port Canaveral does not own or operate any off-site cruise parking facilities or services.  But, at Port Canaveral’s request, our Port Security officials are working to assess the situation, and we have been communicating with Port partners, and the cruise lines and their agents.  Message from Park ‘N Cruise…”Customers currently on Carnival Magic or the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas can text their valet ticket # to 866-706-8999 for an update on your vehicle’s condition.”



Hurricane Irma: Port Canaveral Resumes Operations

Port opened by U.S. Coast Guard with operating restrictions; prepares for vessel arrivals scheduled for today and tomorrow

Port Canaveral, FL – Sept. 12, 2017 – 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 previously had limited operations capability due to lack of water and limited electric power. However, this update to the Port's Condition Zulu confirms the Port's ability to regain full operational capability over the next few days.
 
"Our ability to supply the critical fuel needs of Florida has been a priority. We have been working diligently with the Coast Guard, our Port partners and tenants to ensure their businesses are in good shape to resume business operations," said Port CEO John Murray.
 
"Seaport Canaveral is operating at 100 percent and is moving gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel throughout the state.  The steady stream of trucks that were in queue for loading fuels beginning last night, have been loading and moving out to make their deliveries."
 
"Seaport Canaveral Corp. is currently supporting the needs of the State with full involvement from our customers, suppliers, haulers and drivers. Our main priority remains the safety and wellbeing of everyone including our people and their families, our surroundings and the environment," said Clement Saaltink, General Manager.
 
"Arriving in Port this afternoon, we have a fuel tanker vessel delivering gasoline to add to Seaport Canaveral's capacity, and two more tankers are on their way here," said Capt. Murray. "Tomorrow, we will have two homeported cruise ships arriving in Port for debark and embark passenger operations, and beginning Friday, will begin to board passengers for their regularly scheduled cruise itineraries."
 
Port Canaveral is continuing to assess the damage to its facilities and grounds from Hurricane Irma. Initial status reports have indicated mostly cosmetic damage and significant debris removal. The Port's pre-storm preparations and mitigation efforts prior to Irma's arrival helped to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to the Port's buildings and operations.  Returning the Port to full operational status was hampered by the loss of power and failure of the City of Cocoa water system which supplies the Port. 
 
Cruise passengers scheduled to depart Port Canaveral are advised to check with their respective cruise lines to confirm details of their ship’s arrival and departure from Port Canaveral.



Waiver of Permitting Requirement for Emergency Repairs 


In accordance with the Governor’s,  EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 17-235, effective immediately and until further notice, the Canaveral Port Authority Building Department has waived the requirement of permit issue for emergency repairs for Port Authority and Tenant owned facilities and structures.  An emergency repair is any repair needed to; prevent immediate or further damage from water intrusion, restore normal electrical power, potable water, sanitary service, remove any or all portions of any structure that has collapsed, partially collapsed, or lacks the necessary support of the ground, or any situation that constitutes a fire or life safety hazard.  Any questions regarding what may or may not constitute an emergency repair shall be directed to the Canaveral Building Department Chief Building Official, William Hammond, whammond@portcanaveral.com.

 
Please remember, all owners must ensure they are dealing only with licensed contractors, as certified or registered in accordance with Florida Statute 489.  Any contract with an unlicensed contractor is unenforceable.



Hurricane Irma Port Canaveral Update:

BCSO, Canaveral Fire Rescue has been on scene at Port making preliminary assessments; no major damage noted at this point. All vessels that remained in port are secure. We will begin assessing general harbor conditions soon to facilitate return to normal operations as soon as possible. Port remains closed until further notice.



Hurricane Irma: Carnival Cruise Line September 9, 2017 Latest Update

Guests booked on any of the following sailings who were/are unable to travel will receive future
cruise credits:

- Carnival Paradise – Sept. 7 – four-day cruise from Tampa
- Carnival Sensation – Sept. 7 – four-day cruise from Miami
- Carnival Fascination – Sept. 10 – seven-day cruise from San Juan
- Carnival Paradise – Sept. 11 – five-day cruise from Tampa

Guests do not need to contact Carnival to receive these future cruise credits as they will be
automatically processed.

Click Here to see full update and to see additional voyages currently affected at this time.


Hurricane Irma: Message to People Wishing to Return Home


If you went to a shelter or evacuated due to Irma, please wait for the all clear from emergency officials to be given before returning home. Brevard County is still expected to receive impacts. 


Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Condition Zulu Called for Port Canaveral

 
Port Canaveral, FL – September 9, 2017 – The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Hurricane Condition Zulu for Port Canaveral: Sustained gale force winds are predicted within 12 hrs.  Port Canaveral is shut down and will remain closed until further notice.

 For continuing updates, please monitor Port Canaveral's Facebook Page, Twitter, and the Port Status Hotline at 321-394-3411 for updates.



Hurricane Irma: Carnival Cruise Line September 8, 2017 Latest Update


We continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Irma. The safety and security of our guests and team members are our first priority and our ships will remain a safe distance away from the storm at all times. Given the storm’s projected path, the following cruises have been affected.
 
The following cruises have been cancelled:

- Carnival Liberty – Sept. 7 three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral
- Carnival Victory – Sept. 8 three-day Bahamas cruise from Miami
- Carnival Splendor – Sept. 9 – five-day Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Everglades
- Carnival Ecstasy – Sept. 9 – six-day Bahamas cruise from Charleston
- Carnival Liberty – Sept. 10 – four-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral
 
A full refund will be provided to all guests who were scheduled to sail on cancelled voyages.

We remain in constant contact with port officials regarding potential port closures in South and Central Florida. Given the uncertainty of the storm’s impact, we will be shortening the duration of several upcoming cruises. Guests who sail on the shortened cruises will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare. Guests who wish to cancel due to the modified cruise duration may do so and receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount of their cruise fare. 
 
Click Here to see additional voyages currently affected at this time.

 

Hurricane Irma: Canaveral Lock Closes at 3 PM Today

Port Canaveral, FL – September 8, 2017 – In preparation for Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close the Canaveral Lock to all vessel traffic at 3:00 PM today, Friday, September 8, and will remain closed until further notice. Once the storm passes, the Lock will resume normal operations as soon as an accurate assessment can be made for its safe reopening.

For continuing updates, please monitor Port Canaveral's Facebook Page, Twitter, and the Port Status Hotline at 321-394-3411 for updates.

 

All Operations at Port Canaveral Have Stopped

 
Port Canaveral, FL – September 8, 2017 – The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Hurricane Condition Yankee for Port Canaveral: Sustained gale force winds are predicted within 24 hrs.  Condition Yankee marks the last chance to further prepare Port Canaveral as well as mitigate potential heavy weather threats.  Only essential Port personnel will report to work.
 
As of 3:00 PM today, Port Canaveral will cease all operations and is closed until further notice. 
 
For continuing updates, please monitor Port Canaveral's Facebook Page, Twitter, and the Port Status Hotline at 321-394-3411 for updates.


 

Severe Weather Public Hotline

(321)-394-3411 




Hurricane Irma: Carnival Cruise Line September 7, 2017 Latest Update

Latest from Carnival Cruise Line: "Carnival Magic current cruise (Sept. 3-9 from Port Canaveral) will proceed directly to New Orleans where we will arrive on Saturday, Sept. 9. Guests will be given the opportunity to disembark and make independent arrangements to travel home. Guests also have the option to remain on board and sail back with us to Port Canaveral, where we will disembark the ship as soon as the Port reopens."


 

Hurricane Irma: Carnival Cruise Line September 7, 2017 6:00 PM Update 

 

Carnival Magic will NOT be coming to Port Canaveral tomorrow. The ship will re-route to New Orleans to avoid bad weather. The Magic will return to Port Canaveral once the storm has passed.
 

 

All Non-Hurricane Operations at Port Canaveral Cease in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

Port Canaveral, FL – September 7, 2017 – In compliance with the Brevard County evacuation order that was issued today, the Canaveral Port Authority has released all non-essential employees from work at of close of business today. As of 12 Midnight tonight, all non-hurricane Port operations will have ceased.

Brevard County announced this morning mandatory evacuations will start at 3:00 pm on Friday, September 8 for the barrier islands, Merritt Island, and some of the mainland areas along the Indian River Lagoon.  In addition, those who live in mobile or manufactured homes or in other flood-prone areas are also vulnerable and should evacuate, whether or not on a mainland or the barrier islands.
 
For continuing updates, please monitor Port Canaveral's Facebook Page, Twitter, and the Port Status Hotline at 321-394-3411 for updates.

 

 

Hurricane Irma: Carnival Cruise Line September 7, 2017 Update 

We [Carnival Cruise Line] continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Irma. Given the storm’s projected path, the following cruises have been cancelled:

- Carnival Liberty – Sept. 7 three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral
- Carnival Victory – Sept. 8 three-day Bahamas cruise from Miami
- Carnival Splendor – Sept. 9 – five-day Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Everglades
- Carnival Liberty – Sept. 10 – four-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral
 
A full refund will be provided to all guests who were scheduled to sail on cancelled voyages.
 
We remain in constant contact with port officials regarding potential port closures in South and Central Florida. Given the uncertainty of the storm’s impact, we will be shortening the duration of several upcoming cruises. Guests who sail on the shortened cruises will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare. Guests who wish to cancel due to the modified cruise duration may do so and receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount of their cruise fare. 
 
Click Here to see additional voyages currently affected at this time.

 

Brevard County Emergency Management: Brevard County Announces Evacuations and Shelters for Irma 


BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County has announced a mandatory evacuation order starting at 3 PM Friday. This order is for Evacuation Zone A, (http://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/HaveAPlan/Evacuation) which includes the barrier islands, Merritt Island and some mainland low-lying areas along the Indian River Lagoon. In addition, those who live in mobile or manufactured homes or in other flood-prone areas are also vulnerable and should evacuate, whether on the mainland or the barrier islands.

The evacuation order is effective at 3 PM Friday so that residents and visitors have a minimum of 24 hours in which to prepare their homes and take shelter before the arrival of tropical storm-force winds, which are expected overnight Saturday night.

Also at 3 PM Friday, the following shelters will open:

Pet-Friendly

  • Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John

  • Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera

  • Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne

  • Ted Whitlock Community Center at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Rd NW, Palm Bay


General Population

  • Apollo Elementary School, 3085 Knox McRae Dr., Titusville

  • Imperial Estates Elementary School, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, Titusville

  • Space Coast Junior/Senior High, 6150 Banyan Street, Port St John

  • Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice Jackson Park, 4201 US Highway 1, Cocoa

  • Manatee Elementary School, 3425 Viera Blvd., Viera

  • Sherwood Elementary School, 2541 Post Road, Melbourne

  • Melbourne High School, 74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne

  • Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary, 2700 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne

  • Heritage High School 2351 Malabar Rd., Palm Bay

  • Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Rd. S.W. Palm Bay

  • South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco


Special needs shelters will also open on Friday; telephone calls to registered clients will begin today, as County staffers determine which residents will require transportation via Space Coast Area Transit buses.

Although shelters will provide food, residents going to shelters will need to take their own supplies, including bedding, folding chairs or sleeping bags; any needed medications; multiple changes of clothing and sturdy shoes; personal hygiene items; and entertainment items, like games, cards, books, or magazines.

Residents who do not plan to stay in public shelters are encouraged to stay with family or friends on the mainland, and to evacuate tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles, as traffic on highways and interstates is likely to be heavier.

For information about this and other Hurricane Irma questions, call the Community Information Hotline at 2-1-1.

 

Hurricane Irma: Causeway Information 


Causeways do not close before storm. They close when sustained winds reach 40 to 45 mph. Also, outbound lanes stay open.

 

Hurricane Irma: Port is at X-ray

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) has set hurricane condition X-ray for Port Canaveral: Sustained gale force winds are predicted within 48 hrs.

Port Canaveral is only conducting limited operations at this time and is closed to the public.

Please ensure your businesses and homes are clear of debris that may become projectiles in the wind.

If you live in an evacuation zone, mobile or manufactured home, flood prone area, or you simply do not feel safe, please evacuate in a timely manner; don’t wait and don’t forget to take your disaster supply kit.

Please continue to monitor Port Canaveral's Facebook Page, Twitter, and the Port Status Hotline at 321-394-3411 for updates.
 

 

Hurricane Irma Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal Parking Message

Due to the potential impacts that Hurricane Irma may have on the East Central Florida region, all reservations for parking at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals between Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and Sunday, September 10, 2017 will be cancelled.

 Anyone who has paid online will be given a full refund to the form of payment provided. This refund should be received within seven days. Emails will be sent out today, to all reservations, with this information.

Public Parking is not permitted in our cruise parking garages. Violators will be towed.
 


Hurricane Irma: Carnival Cruise Line Update

We [Carnival Cruise Line] continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Irma. Given the current projected trajectory of the storm, we have cancelled the Carnival Liberty Sept. 7 three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral and the Carnival Victory Sept. 8 three-day Bahamas cruise from Miami. A full refund will be provided to all guests who were scheduled to sail on these voyages. Guests who sail on shortened cruises will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare. Guests who wish to cancel due to a modified cruise duration may do so and receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount of their cruise fare.

To view full Hurricane Irma Update from Carnival Cruise Line, Click Here

To view Carnival Cruise Line Hurricane Irma Itinerary Changes, Click Here.



Hurricane Irma: Local State of Emergency Declared; County Government Offices Closed Friday 


BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A local State of Emergency was declared for Brevard County on Wednesday in response to the pending threat of Hurricane Irma, and as the storm edges toward Florida, the decision was also made to close County government offices and cease non-essential operations on Friday.

A decision on a return to normal operations will be made as soon as an accurate assessment can be properly made, and will be communicated through local media outlets and Brevard County Government department leadership.

A local state of emergency is declared in advance of a potential disaster event and enables government entities to readily seek response or recovery assistance from the state.

It was also announced today that Brevard Public Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday. They will remain closed pending further notice.

Eastern Florida State College will be closed Thursday though Sunday, and Florida Tech campus will be closed Friday through Monday.

Courts in Brevard County will be closed Friday and plans are to reopen on Tuesday.

State Offices, including the Department of Health, will also be closed on Friday. 



MEDIA ADVISORY: Port Canaveral Prepares for Hurricane Irma

PORT CANAVERAL, FL – September 6, 2017 – Port Director Capt. John Murray will hold a press conference this afternoon to provide latest developments regarding Port Canaveral’s preparation for Hurricane Irma. He will be joined by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Commander Linda Moros and U.S. Coast Guard LCDR Jason Kling.

 

WHO:              Captain John Murray, CEO and Port Director, Canaveral Port Authority

                        Commander Linda Moros, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

                        Lt. Commander Jason Kling, U.S. Coast Guard


WHEN:           TODAY -- Wednesday, September 6; 4:00 PM

WHERE:         Port Canaveral Interagency Maritime Operations Center (IMOC); 660 Magellan Road, Cape                                           Canaveral, FL (north side of Port Canaveral).

 

 

Hurricane Irma: Port is at Whiskey   

As of 12 noon today, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) has set hurricane condition Whiskey for Port Canaveral: Sustained gale force winds are predicted within 72 hrs.

Port Canaveral is currently at full operations but anticipates limited operations to follow. Please ensure your businesses and homes are clear of any debris that may become projectiles in the wind. If you live in an evacuation zone, mobile or manufactured home, flood prone area, or you simply do not feel safe, please evacuate in a timely manner; don’t wait and don’t forget to take your disaster supply kit.

Please continue to monitor Port Canaveral's Facebook Page, Twitter, and the Port Status Hotline at 321-394-3411 for updates.


Hurricane Irma Message to Jetty Park Guests  

September 6, 2017


Jetty Park Guests,

Port Canaveral is continuing to monitor Hurricane Irma as it strengthens. Impacts to East Central Florida will become better defined over the coming hours and days. Decisions regarding evacuations or a local state of emergency cannot be made yet until that information is available.

Based on current information, we anticipate closing the park and campground in preparation for the storm on Thursday, September 7th.  Please be prepared to exit by Noon.  Any remaining days will be rescheduled or refunded.  We will reopen the campground when the storm has passed and it is safe to reenter.  Please follow our website, www.portcanaveral.com and our Facebook page for further updates.

For additional information, go to the Brevard County Pathways to Preparedness on the Brevard County Emergency Management website for more information.  http://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/Preparedness

Let your friends and family know that information is updated continuously and that they can follow “Brevard County Emergency Management” on Facebook, @BrevardEOC on Twitter, or text FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to 40404.

 


Disney Cruise Line Tropical Weather Update

September 5, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.

Based on the projected path of Hurricane Irma, including its expected impact on the Caribbean and Bahamas, Disney Cruise Line is making adjustments to itineraries. Information is available via link below or by calling Disney Guest Services at 1-855-347-2784 or 407-566-7054.

https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/



Hurricane Irma Message 

Port Canaveral is continuing to monitor Hurricane Irma as it strengthens. Based on the most recent update, we could expect to see impacts late Friday night into Saturday. It is too soon to know the path of the hurricane, or what those projected impacts might be. However, it is important that preparations begin early.
 
We are in daily communications with Brevard County Emergency Management and we encourage all of our employees and partners to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma as the track and any potential impacts to East Central Florida become better defined over the coming hours and days. Decisions about timing of any changes to Port operations, evacuations, or a local state of emergency cannot be made yet until that information is available.
 
Please review your preparedness plans with your family and business colleagues. Go to the Brevard County Pathways to Preparedness on the Brevard County Emergency Management website for more specific information.  Please let your friends and family know that information is updated continuously on their social media sites and that they can follow “Brevard County Emergency Management” on Facebook, @BrevardEOC on Twitter, or text FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to 40404. 



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The Canaveral Port Authority Maritime Center administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day.

Offices will re-open on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.






Port Canaveral Featured on Florida Trend Video Picks

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Captain John Murray, director and CEO of Port Canaveral, details the Florida sea port's primary lines of business and describes how the port serves the state, the U.S. military and the space industry.



 

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Port Canaveral: Gateway to Exploration Video Release

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Port Canaveral releases new video titled "Port Canaveral: Gateway to Exploration." 
 

 



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Hurricane Evacuation Notification to Port Tenants

 

At the annual severe weather planning meeting held on June 29, 2017 at the Canaveral Port Authority Maritime Center, a question was raised regarding evacuation requirements for vessels less than 500 gross tons. During the meeting, Capt. Barry Compagnoni, CPA Director, Public Safety and Security/Facility Security Officer stated that prior to the setting of Hurricane Port Condition YANKEE, all vessels – regardless of size or service – must evacuate from, or be removed from, the waters of Port Canaveral. The owner or operator of any vessel requesting to remain in the waters of Port Canaveral must request approval from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the designated representative of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville for safety zone enforcement. Please contact the BCSO Seaport Security Manager, Deputy John Brady, at john.brady@bcso.us for more information.
 

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10th Annual Reverse Trade Show

 

Introduce your business, face-to-face, at no cost, to local procurement professionals from Brevard County agencies and Port Canaveral at our Reverse Trade Show. Visit participants’ tables to learn about their needs, upcoming projects and bid processes.




The Canaveral Port Authority Maritime Center administrative offices will be closed on July 4, 2017 in observance of Independence Day.

Offices will re-open on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

 

Hurrican Seasonal Advisory (June 1st – Nov 30th)

The United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) has issued a Seasonal Alert for Port Canaveral on June 1, 2017.  This alert means it is the start of hurricane season and will remain in effect unless a condition raise has been ordered. Port Canaveral is at full operations and is open to the public.  For this season, ensure your businesses and homes are clear of any debris that may become projectiles in the wind. In addition, be prepared for this season by making a plan, building a disaster kit, and staying informed.

Step 1: Make a Plan (https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes)  – Having a plan for what to do in emergency situations is the most important step you and your family can take. Take the time to think how these events may affect your community and in turn, your family.  Important items in your plan should include: taking current pictures of your house, storing important documents together for quick access, building an evacuation kit, knowing your evacuation route and time of departure, having a list of important numbers, and sharing your plans with friends and family.

Step 2: Build a Kit (http://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/BuildAKit)  – an emergency supply kit is essential to being prepared and is an important item for hurricane season.  Emergency supply kits can be inexpensive and can be a collection of essential household items.  Do not wait until the last minute to build your kit.

Step 3: Stay Informed (http://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/StayInformed) – gathering information and staying informed before, during, and after a heavy weather event is critical. Port Canaveral and Brevard County have many different methods available for staying informed; however, no one method is fail-safe. It is better to follow multiple sources for reliability. Please follow:

As the Canaveral Port Authority continues finalizing port-wide preparations, we thank you--the Port Community--for assisting, preparing, and ensuring Port Canaveral’s continued resiliency.

FLORIDA - EAST COAST - CANAVERAL BARGE CANAL - SR 401 BRIDGE: 

Temporary Change to Bridge Schedule.

SUMMARY:  The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the SR 401 Drawbridge, mile 5.5 at Port Canaveral, Florida.  This deviation is necessary to reduce vehicular traffic congestion and to ensure the safety of the roadways while passengers are transiting to and from Cruise Terminal 10, which is used by Norwegian Cruise Line at Port Canaveral. Since the arrival of the cruise ship Norwegian Epic to the Port of Canaveral, massive traffic back-ups have been caused by the drawbridge openings.  This deviation allows the bridge to not open to navigation during prime cruise ship passenger loading and unloading times on Saturdays and Sundays.  Therefore, the bridge will be allowed to not open to navigation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. DATES: This deviation is effective until October 23, 2017.  Submit comments by June 26, 2017. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2017-0161] is available at http://www.regulations.gov Type the docket number in the "SEARCH" box and click "SEARCH".  Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
 
CONTACT:  If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or e-mail Mr. Michael Lieberum with the Seventh Coast Guard District Bridge Office; telephone 305-415-6744, e-mail Michael.B.Lieberum@uscg.mil.

State of Emergency

Due to the recent wildfires, Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency across Florida. At this time, operations at Port Canaveral are normal, but we are continuing to monitor the situation.  We encourage our cruise guests and other visitors to check the Florida Governor's website and Brevard County EOC's Facbook/Twitter for updates.