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.
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.
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
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.
Nineteen sick crew-members, thought to be suffering from food poisoning aboard the 584-foot cargo ship 'JS Comet' have been hoisted from their anchored vessel 3 miles off Port Canaveral, Florida. USCG informs that two MH-60 helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater safely hoisted
On June 23, Port Canaveral signed a 35-year agreement with GT USA, the United States business arm of international terminal operator Gulftainer, to operate and develop its container and multi-purpose cargo terminal. The terminal is set to open in the last quarter of 2014.
A Middle Eastern-owned company landed its first North American port operations contract on Monday, a 35-year agreement with Port Canaveral on Florida's east coast. Under terms of the lease, Gulftainer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Arab Emirates-based Crescent Enterprises
Further bolstering its position as Central Florida's largest cruise operator, Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Liberty departed on its inaugural voyage from Port Canaveral, Fla., this weekend, becoming the line's third year-round ship sailing from the Space Coast.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign bipartisan, community-supported legislation that enacts major changes to the Port Authority Charter for the first time in Port Canaveral’s 60-year history. As a Special District created by the Florida Legislature
The Canaveral Harbor Inlet Sand Bypass Project has earned the top state ranking for 2014/15 inlet management funding. As a result, Port Canaveral is expected to receive $100,500 in grant funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for beach renourishment.
$2.3 million in renovations, expansions and upgrades are nearing completion at the Port of New Orleans’ Erato Street Cruise Terminal ahead of the arrival of the Port’s largest home-port cruise ship to date – the Carnival Dream.
Dispute remains over who pays for maintenance costs for federal channel. The $35 million harbor widening and deepening project at Port Canaveral to allow larger ships greater safety margins for sailing in and out of the port is scheduled to begin next month with completion in November 2014