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.
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.
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
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
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.
Preliminary figures show that total revenues for the Canaveral Port Authority have topped $50m for the first time, reaching the $51 million mark in Fiscal Year 2006. Records were achieved in overall revenue, operating revenue, cruise revenue, cargo revenue, multi-day cruise passengers, and cargo tonnage. A decade ago, total revenues were $18.1 million. Total revenues last year were $44.6 million. In the latest economic impact report, Port Canaveral contributed 34
According to a report from Reuters, Walt Disney Co. rolled out a new 4,000-passenger cruise liner on Jan. 4, joining other cruise operators in adding bigger and potentially more profitable ships to their fleets. The new Disney Dream, which cost more than $900m and features a high-speed water slide that takes riders out over the side of the ship and back, docked in Port Canaveral in central Florida in preparation for its January 26 maiden Caribbean cruise.
SeaRobotics has delivered the first HullBUG (Hull Bio-inspired Underwater Grooming) System to the Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. This will be tested and further developed at the newly commissioned Large Scale Seawater Facility
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) changes date of 'Shifting International Trade Routes' workshop, details other events. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the trade association representing seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere—has slated 13
WESMAR Stabilizers ‘Likely Saved Our Lives’ Says Captain of 45-Foot Tug. For some, modern technology adds to entertainment and pleasure. Captain Robert Elves believes modern technology actually saved his life in this amazing story about a harrowing crossing on his Tugboat
Port 'Goes Green' with Seaport Canaveral's first biodiesel fuel ship As new regulations go into effect by 2015 mandating more environmentally friendly fuels, Port Canaveral is positioned to become a nationwide `green' leader with the arrival of the first vessel carrying domestically produced
Barcelona - Team Ports & Maritime, an ADELTE Group Company, will install two state-of-the-art Passenger Boarding Bridges at the new cruise terminal in Cape Canaveral to welcome on board the passengers of the new mega cruises, beginning in July 2012.
Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Fantasy sails past Statue of Liberty for Christening Ceremony The Disney Fantasy, newest ship of Disney Cruise Line, arrives in New York after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany
For the first time in its history, more than 3 million multi-day cruise passengers sailed from Port Canaveral, contributing $40 million in cruise revenue during the fiscal year ending September 30, also a record as newer and larger cruise ships and 66 additional ship calls helped boost passenger
During a three-hour briefing and tour of Port Canaveral, U.S. Congressman Bill Posey threw his support behind efforts to obtain the $34 million needed for widening and deepening the harbor to accommodate larger cruise and cargo ships. The House District 15 Representative described Port Canaveral
1885-Keeper Marcus Hanna of the Cape Elizabeth Light Station saved two men from the wrecked schooner Australia. For this rescue Hanna was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. He was also awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Port Hudson in 1863
The Canaveral Port Authority closed on a $42m loan from PNC Financial Services Group to accelerate the development of a new cruise terminal and cargo facilities. The 3.14 percent interest rate loan has a term of 13 years and with the Port’s existing debt
Disney Cruise Line took possession of its newest ship – Disney Dream – from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship in Bremerhaven, Germany. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised
After 20 months of construction, the Disney Dream cruise ship floated out of the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard Oct. 30, completing a major construction milestone. The ship was greeted by thousands of visitors lining the shore to see the newest Disney Cruise Line ship
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $7m is being awarded to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Virginia Port Authority and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority to support the transportation of marine cargo between U.S. ports
1898-The American schooner, Rouse Simmons had her cargo shift to starboard, giving her a heavy list and forcing her covering board up so she leaked badly. She was sighted by the station lookout coming around the SE point of North Manitou Island
The East Coast Marine Highway Initiative, a partnership between Port Canaveral, the Port of New Bedford, Mass. and the Port of Baltimore, Md. has received recognition as an initiative in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Marine Highways Program