More passengers sailed from Port Canaveral during fiscal year 2002 than any other time in the history of the world’s second busiest multi-day cruise port, an indication that the cruise industry is in economic recovery from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. According to Port figures, 3,824,240 revenue passengers cruised from Port Canaveral between October 1, 2001 and September 30, 2002. This exceeds previous records in 2000 and 2001. The numbers represent one-percent growth in 2000 and 5.4 percent growth in 2001. The cruise industry at Port Canaveral has an $276 million economic impact on Central Florida, according to a 1999 economic impact study. “The biggest growth occurred in our longer cruise options with the influx of cruise lines offering 7-day itineraries,” says Robert Giangrisostomi, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development for the Canaveral Port Authority. “We have been very successful in our efforts to attract drive-market vacationers to Port Canaveral for the cruise lines to fill up their ships.” Port Canaveral has recovered from the loss of the two smaller cruise lines that went out of business two years ago. Fiscal year 2002 income from cruise business totaled a record $22.7 million. It will be directed toward new port security requirements and INS mandates instituted following the 9-11 terrorist attack.
Port Canaveral’s branding campaign is among six won by the Port in the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) 2007 Communications Award Program. The annual competition has recognized excellence in port communications since 1966. This year’s competition attracted 194 entries from 38 ports. Port Canaveral also received awards for it’s ‘Cruise to Your Cruise’ ad; ‘Eukor Arrival’ cargo event; Employee Brand Training Program; Port Canaveral magazine; and Port Canaveral website.
Port Canaveral was jammed Sunday with both spectators and cruise ship passengers as, for the first time ever, six cruise ships tied up at the port’s docks. “It’s just a sign of things to come,” Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Walsh said, as Port Canaveral battles to overtake the Port of Miami as the world’s No. 1 cruise port. The port’s first six-ship day is a symbolic milestone in that quest.
As the Canaveral Port Authority celebrates the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the harbor, the Florida House of Representatives recently lauded the economic importance of Port Canaveral during a recent Special Session.
Port Canaveral continues to move toward full operational status with both cruise and cargo vessels this weekend returning to the harbor, which was shut down after Hurricane Frances because of navigational safety concerns. Four large cruise ships, two gaming vessels, and several cargo ships utilized Canaveral this weekend. By tomorrow, a dredge under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in place to begin work on restoring the channel.
In an unanimous vote during its August Board meeting, the Canaveral Port Authority approved construction of a new Welcome Center and development of an entertainment district on the south-side of Port Canaveral. The $16.6 million Canaveral Cove project is scheduled for completion in June 2013. GWWO, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland, will design the 15,000-square foot Welcome Center. It will include exhibit areas, movie theater/auditorium, and offices
J. Stanley Payne, CEO of Port Canaveral, is among 10 leaders selected to serve on Governor Bush’s newly created Seaport Security Standards Advisory Council. The panel of port, tourism, and law enforcement leaders will review the current security measures enacted in 2001 to determine what changes are needed to protect Florida’s ports from terrorism, drug trafficking, and cargo theft. The Council also will provide a formal review process for regulation disputes.
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port expelled a vessel from Port Canaveral after Coast Guard marine inspectors found the vessel in violation of many serious safety standards. The Aral Wind is a 500-ft., gasoline tanker that was preparing to unload its cargo at the South Cargo Piers - Tanker Berth 1 when inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral met the vessel to conduct a routine certificate of compliance boarding
Port Canaveral informs that Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a major overhaul of the Port’s 60-year-old charter, which resulted from a nine-month community review and input process and received bi-partisan legislative support. It is the first complete review and analysis of charter revisions in the Port’s history. “The Charter revisions set the stage for the Port’s governance for a decade until the next review is required
Business activity at Port Canaveral generated $2 billion and 17,000 jobs for the local community in 2012, up 73% in business revenue since the last economic impact analysis three years ago. Leading industry consulting firm Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pa., was commissioned to analyze cruise, cargo, real estate and marina activity at Port Canaveral, the world’s second busiest cruise Port and central Florida’s outlet to the sea for cargo.
Carnival Victory and Carnival Magic to provide new options from Central Florida Starting in February 2016, Carnival Cruise Line passengers sailing from Port Canaveral will have the larger Carnival Victory as their vessel for shorter vacations and in December 2016
With $617 million in capital projects planned and under way for expansion of its cruise and cargo operations moving forward, Canaveral Port Authority has received Fitch’s ‘A’ rating for $26.9 million of outstanding revenue bonds, series 2005 and 2006 A&B
A number of passengers and crew members were evacuated after smoke was spotted billowing from the front section of Carnival Liberty cruise ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean nation of St Maarten. Later the line stated that there was no fire
Port Canaveral launched a new website this week at www.portcanaveral.com, the Canaveral Port Authority announced today. “Our goal across all business lines is to provide the best experience possible and this upgrade to our website helps us achieve that goal because our website often is the
Re-emerging from a 24-day drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas returned into service this weekend to offer vacationers one of the best cruise ships for incredible Caribbean’s adventures. The ship showcased its new features to more than 1
Metal Shark has delivered a custom 45-foot aluminum pilot boat to the Canaveral Pilots Association at Port Canaveral, Florida. The vessel was built at Metal Shark’s newly-opened shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana. For the project
The new $1.5 million bulk conveyor system at Port Canaveral was utilized for the first time by Martin Marietta when the Bahamas Spirit discharged limestone at South Cargo Pier 4. The Canaveral Port Authority invested in the system with Martin Marietta to enhance terminal operational
Port Canaveral Scrap Terminal LLC (PCST) has loaded about 20,000 tons of scrap metal aboard the Grikos to export to Turkey, where it will be used to create finished steel products. The terminal operator, currently employing 17 people with $1
Starting November 15, 2014, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas begins homeporting at Port Canaveral through March 2015, offering a new nine-night itinerary that reaches further into the southern Caribbean with stops in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Haiti
The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 3 p.m. for two missing Cuban migrants in the vicinity of Caesar Creek, Florida, to Haulover Inlet, Florida. "Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly looking for the two missing Cuban migrants; however
Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Canaveral Port Authority’s $30.2 million in outstanding revenue bonds to A2 from A3 and rated its financial outlook stable. The upgrade was attributed to low leverage, cruise growth, stable finances and proactive capital plan management.
Port Canaveral Scrap Terminal LLC (PCST), a bulk ferrous scrap exporter, has signed a lease with the Canaveral Port Authority to operate a terminal in the north cargo area at Port Canaveral. The one-year agreement calls for PCST to lease four acres with a 100,000-ton minimal annual guarantee
Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal, State, County and several members of the maritime community have received a Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation award during a ceremony held at the Canaveral Port Authority Maritime Center in Port Canaveral, Florida
Canaveral Port Authority will utilize the $1.6 million awarded from 2014 Port Security Grant Funding for a new port-wide cyber-security program, software that integrates existing security systems and resources into a single uniformed platform and CCTV expansion into new cargo facilities
Undergoing Repairs While Coast Guard Investigates The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a weekend incident that caused pier damage and scattered concrete debris in the harbor on Sunday. No injuries occurred and cleanup continues today.