Canaveral Port Authority News

01 Jul 2019

Port Canaveral Wins Funding for Response Vessel

Six ships call on Port Canaveral on May 27, 2019 with 35,111 passengers accommodated in one day. (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

New fireboat will provide enhanced firefighting and rescue capabilities for maritime and commercial space. The Canaveral Port Authority will receive $1.5 million in funding from the State of Florida to support the acquisition of a specialized fireboat to provide marine firefighting and rescue capabilities for Port Canaveral and the surrounding communities. Port Canaveral’s Marine Firefighting Rescue Vessel (MFRV) will be purpose built to offer enhanced fire protection and response…

07 Apr 2019

New Aframax Tanker Makes First N. American Call

The crude oil tanker ProStar discharges jet fuel at Port Canaveral’s North Cargo Berth 2. CEO Capt. John Murray, left, and Seaport Canaveral General Manager David Smith, right, present plaques to ProStar Capt. Alexander Ivanishvili. (Photos: Canaveral Port Authority)

The Aframax tanker ProStar recently made its first North American delivery to discharge 442,131 barrels of jet fuel at Seaport Canaveral."820-foot-long ProStar – first of its kind vessel to berth at Port – makes its inaugural North American delivery of transportation fuels to Seaport Canaveral," the Canaveral Port Authority announced in a statement.Built in 2018, the 144-foot-wide ProStar has a crew of 23 and a summer dead weight tonnage of 115,000 tons.Port Canaveral cargo operations…

04 Feb 2019

US' Largest Mobile Harbour Crane at Port Canaveral

Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbor crane arrives at Port Canaveral aboard the cargo vessel Happy Dover. (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Port Canaveral has taken the delivery of mobile harbor crane - 270-foot-tall Liebherr LHM 600 - the largest of its kind in the US.The huge LHM 600 crane arrived at the port on January 18, 2018 aboard the “Happy Dover”, a heavy load carrier and  will be operational in the second quarter of 2019. It joins two 270-foot-tall ship-to-shore cranes in service at the port since 2014.The Canaveral Port Authority purchased the mobile harbor crane to accommodate the Port’s growing diverse cargo throughput…

17 Jan 2019

Port Canaveral Moves Ahead with Cruise Terminal 3

Artist’s rendering of new Cruise Terminal 3. Photo: Canaveral Port Authority

Florida's Canaveral Port Authority has awarded a $108.5m contract to Ivey’s Construction for building its new Cruise Terminal 3 project.The contract agreement has been approved by the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners.Ivey’s was the low bidder to build a two-story, 188,000-square-foot terminal as part of the Port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history – a $163 million complex that will become the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and largest cruise ship…

10 Nov 2017

Port Canaveral Names German as Director

Dave German (Photo: Port Canaveral)

Port Canaveral's Cruise Team is gaining a new dimension with the appointment of Dave German as Director, Cruise Business Development, effective Friday, November 10, 2017. German previously served as Port Canaveral's Senior Harbormaster. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the Port's alliances with cruise lines for both home ported and port-of-call vessels. Dave German holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation and logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and earned an MBA in finance from Ohio University.

05 Jan 2017

New Reefer Ship Makes Maiden Call to US

M.V. Seatrade Red calls at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral in Florida. (Photo: GT USA)

GT USA welcomed to the Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) the M.V. Seatrade Red on its maiden call to the United States. The 607-foot M.V. Seatrade Red, a specialized reefer container vessel with a capacity of 2,259 TEUs and 674 reefer plugs, was built at China’s Yangfan Shipyard and officially launched in May 2016 as one of Seatrade Group’s four new Colour Class vessels. On November 20, Joe Cruise, commercial manager of GT USA; and Alberto Cabrera, senior director, Cargo Sales, Canaveral Port Authority marked the vessel call by presenting commemorative plaques to Captain S. Poryadin of the M.V.

10 Oct 2016

Canaveral Resumes Container Service after Hurricane Matthew

GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) incurred minimal damage during Hurricane Matthew and is fully operational, the result of advance storm preparation and facility planning by GT USA in partnership with Canaveral Port Authority. The Canaveral Cargo Terminal resumed full operations, which included working the container cargo vessel M/V MAX WONDER for StreamLines, N.V.’s Blue Stream service. The service ships refrigerated and dry cargo between Port Canaveral, Europe, the French West Indies and Central America. “Though Hurricane Matthew packed quite a punch in Port Canaveral, the hard work of the Emergency Response Team, Brevard County Sheriff’s Department, U.S.

19 Sep 2016

GT USA Adds Warehouse At Port Canaveral

Marlin Street Warehouse (Photo: GT USA)

GT USA, operators of Canaveral Cargo Terminal, has expanded its supply chain capabilities to serve shipping lines, along with domestic customers, with the addition of more than 40,000 square feet of covered storage now available at the Marlin Street Warehouse at Port Canaveral. The facility serves as a secure location for general warehousing, providing a full range of logistics services, including trucking, cross docking, storage and inventory control and last mile distribution.

20 May 2016

AAPA, USDOT to Commemorate NM Day Jointly

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle Photo AAPA

A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22 - National Maritime Day. It was declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s proud maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners. It’s also a day to recognize and reflect on the rewards that America’s ports bring the country in terms of jobs, economic development, goods movement and international competitiveness. For the American Association…

18 May 2016

AAPA to Join USDOT in Commemorating National Maritime Day

Kurt Nagle (Photo: AAPA)

Host of U.S. A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22: National Maritime Day, declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners. It’s also a day to recognize and reflect on the rewards that America’s ports bring the country in terms of jobs, economic development, goods movement and international competitiveness. For the American Association…

18 Feb 2016

Port Canaveral Joins Green Marine

Image courtesy of CPA

The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has joined the Green Marine environmental certification program, a North American initiative committed to advancing environmental excellence in maritime transportation. This marks a major milestone as the Canaveral Port Authority is the 100th participant to join Green Marine. Commission Chairman Jerry Allender says protecting the environment is one of the port’s most important duties. “It’s our responsibility to maintain – and when necessary restore – the critical balance of physical conditions that allows Port Canaveral to fulfill its many functions.

02 Feb 2016

New Passenger Boarding Bridges for Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral (Image: Canaveral Port Authority)

ADELTE, a provider of Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) and Global Services to cruise and ferry terminals, has been awarded two contracts by the Canaveral Port Authority to design, manufacture and install four custom-made HYDRA models SPBBs at Cruise Terminals 5 and 10. Port Canaveral was named the “Best North American Homeport” in 2015 by Cruise Critic and is the world’s second-largest cruise port by number of passengers, receiving 3.9 million passengers in 2015, behind Miami’s 4.8 million passengers.

19 Jan 2016

Container Service to Connect Port Canaveral

Blue Stream’s maiden call at GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal is expected on January 31 Courtesy Port Canaveral

GT USA, the US arm of UAE-based global ports and logistics company Gulftainer, announced the new ‘Blue Stream Service’, a weekly container cargo service connecting Port Canaveral to Europe, the French West Indies, and Central America. Blue Stream Service, operated by StreamLines, part of the SeaTrade Group, will provide refrigerated and dry container service to and from GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal, with a focus on fresh produce and perishable cargo. The Blue Stream Service will feature five ships with 1,300 TEU capacity and 250 reefer plugs on a weekly rotation.

15 Jan 2016

New Container Terminal Opens at Port Canaveral

Photo courtesy of Canaveral Port Authority

The Canaveral Port Authority welcomes the start of StreamLine’s Blue Stream weekly liner service at its new Canaveral Cargo Terminal, which GT USA manages and operates. The service adds Port Canaveral to this valued trade route that includes Central America, Europe and the Caribbean. The first call at Canaveral is scheduled for January 31, 2016 with the arrival of the M/V Norderoog. StreamLines N.V. part of the Seatrade Group, is a container line providing refrigerated and dry container service specializing in fresh produce and perishables.

08 Jan 2016

Port Canaveral Names Shipping Exec as New CEO

Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners today unanimously selected shipping line executive Capt. John W. Murray as the next chief executive officer of Port Canaveral. Murray currently is the President and CEO of Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC, a global liner shipping company in Tampa that operates about 150 modern container ships and transports more than five million containers per year. “We believe our port and our community will be well served having Capt. Murray at the helm,” said Commission Chairman Jerry Allender. Allender said he hopes to have a negotiated contract with Murray on this month’s Commission meeting agenda scheduled for January 20. Outgoing CEO John E. Walsh’s last day is January 21. If necessary, Port Canaveral CFO Rodger Rees will step into the CEO role in the interim.

15 Jun 2015

UAE Cargo Handler Tests Florida Waters

 Photo: Gulftainer Company Limited

Sharjah-based ports operator Gulftainer has opened Canaveral Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral in Florida in the US for business. Gulftainer, a subsidiary of UAE-based conglomerate Crescent Enterprises, said the opening comes one year after Canaveral Port Authority signed a 35-year agreement with GT USA, the US arm of Gulftainer, to operate and further develop the container and multipurpose cargo terminal. The opening comes one year after Canaveral Port Authority signed a 35-year agreement with GT USA…

01 May 2015

Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan Terminal Sets Record Unloading

Image: Khorfakkan Container Terminal

UAE based Gulftainer, a terminal operating and logistics company, set a new record for the handling of the largest unloading and loading of a single vessel call at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), at 19,561 TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent unit). It handled 19,561 20-foot-equivalent units of containers in 54.4 hours on a single call at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal in at Sharjah. The terminal staff completed the record breaking call of the CMA CGM Jules Verne container ship with the help of 11 cranes.

07 Apr 2015

Port Canaveral Receives ‘A’ Bond Rating

Photo: Port Canaveral

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, and a rating of ‘stable’ for  all Port bonds. Fitch attributed the rating affirmation to Port Canaveral’s established operating history, recent sustained tourism-related revenue growth and the corresponding favorable operating contracts and cost management, aggressive, but flexible, capital program and no anticipated borrowing.

26 Feb 2015

Port Canaveral Launches New Website

    Port Canaveral (courtesy of portcanaveral.com)

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 first contact the public has with us,” said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. “The changes we have made to our website better serve our customers, visitors, and the community. The Canaveral Port Authority partnered with Bayshore Solutions of Tampa…

08 Jan 2015

Canaveral Upgrades Bulk Conveyor System

The Bahamas Spirit discharges limestone at South Cargo Pier 4 at Port Canaveral. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Canaveral)

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 efficiencies and increase productivity. The new and improved conveyor system is now capable of offloading 2,000 tons per hour.   Martin Marietta imports various aggregates and sells and distributes them from their Port Canaveral facility into the Central Florida region.

14 Oct 2014

Moody’s Upgrades Port Canaveral’s Bond Rating

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’s five-year capital plan totals nearly $600 million, which will be financed with a combination of grants, matching funds, cash flow and unrestricted cash balances. The major current project is a new cruise terminal for Royal Caribbean, which is paying half of the $105 million total cost.

29 Aug 2014

Scrap Metal Exporter Pens Terminal Agreement

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. Vessel calls are anticipated at eight per year with an average of 35,000 tons per call. Local stevedore Ambassador Services Inc. (ASI) will handle the loading operations. “This company helps us with diversification of our cargo mix,” according to Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. The United States recycles 150 million metric tons of scrap materials annually…

29 Aug 2014

USCG Recognizes Meritorious Bulkship Rescue Team

Meritorious service award: Photo USCG

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, informs the US Coast Guard. On July 1, 2014, the 584-foot bulk carrier J.S. Comet, sought refuge off Port Canaveral, Florida when 19 of the 21 crewmembers aboard were stricken with symptoms of food poisoning and were unable to continue to safely operate the vessel.

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