January 27, 2020
Port Canaveral, FL – Construction to complete boat trailer parking areas near the Port’s new Cruise Terminal 3 complex is expected to be finished by mid-February. Public boat trailer parking has remained open during all phases of construction with no reduction in the number of boat trailer parking spaces.
January 24, 2020
Port Canaveral, FL – Crew members from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Port Canaveral-based Harmony of the Seas will join volunteers for a beach cleanup at Jetty Park from 10 a.m. to around 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.
January 19, 2020
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Day, Port Canaveral administrative offices will be closed on Monday, January 20. Administrative offices will resume regular business hours at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21.
December 31, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has been named “Best Cruise Homeport in the U.S.” in Cruise Hive’s sixth annual Cruise Ship Awards readers’ survey, edging out of thirteen other U.S. homeports, with thousands of votes in the category. The Best Cruise Ship U.S. Homeport category was added to the survey for the first time.
December 26, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Canaveral Lock lockmaster Daniel Hazebrook announced plans to conduct needed repairs and maintenance on the Canaveral Lock. According to the Corps, the work is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. The Lock will be closed and dewatered from Jan. 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020
November 27, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Nationally recognized credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has issued an ‘A’ rating for approximately $137 million in Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) port revenue bonds with the Port’s bond rating outlook affirmed as ‘Stable.’ Fitch stated the Port’s cruise traffic continues to remain strong and drives the port’s stable operating profile.
November 18, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – The Florida Ocean Alliance (FOA) is drafting a strategic plan to address Florida’s critical ocean and coastal issues and to recommend actions to help protect its resources for the future. The FOA’s efforts are at the direction of the Florida Legislature and the alliance is working closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
November 08, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Builders of a specialized fireboat for Port Canaveral have released details about the high-tech vessel, which will provide marine firefighting and rescue capabilities for the Port and surrounding communities.
November 01, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – British cruise line Marella Cruises has chosen Port Canaveral for its first cruise homeport in the United States. The cruise line’s Marella Discovery will sail from the Port beginning in Summer 2021, offering four new itineraries with 11 port-of-call visits.
October 29, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral will be a popular stop for port-of-call cruise ships during the last months of 2019, with 38 vessels scheduled to visit the world’s second-busiest cruise port between now and Dec. 31.
October 23, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – The economic impact of Port Canaveral operations was revealed today in the results of a new economic impact study released at the Canaveral Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The Port’s total economic contribution throughout Florida equaled $3.9 billion in output, 32,650 jobs and $1.3 billion in wage income.
October 22, 2019
Due to additional work at the Cruise Terminal 3 construction site, the route to the Freddie Patrick Park boat ramps has been temporarily reconfigured.
September 27, 2019
The Canaveral Port Authority has joined forces with Ocala, FL-based Crossroads Alliance & Ministries to aid in humanitarian relief efforts for the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas. Crossroads Alliance is expanding its relief response capabilities with nearly 60,000 square feet of warehouse and office space donated by the Port Authority to the non-profit organization.
September 16, 2019
Port Canaveral cargo operations notched another milestone as the brand-new chemical/oil products tanker Hafnia Guangzhou made its inaugural North American call last week, arriving at the Port’s North Cargo Pier 2 to discharge 375,000 barrels of jet fuel at the Seaport Canaveral, USA fuel storage terminal.
September 13, 2019
In accordance with National Hurricane Center forecasts, Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine may develop into a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm within the next 48 hours. As a result, effective 2:00 p.m., 13 September 2019, Hurricane Condition X-RAY was set in the Port of Canaveral by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Jacksonville.
September 09, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL -- The first class of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ student Junior Ambassadors has been named. The Junior Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 school year are:
September 06, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral officials are crediting close coordination between its partners and outside agencies for a quick turnaround that had the Port at full operation less than 24 hours after destructive Hurricane Dorian skirted Florida’s Space Coast.
September 02, 2019
Effective 8:00 a.m. 02 September 2019, Hurricane Condition ZULU will be set in the Port of Canaveral. No vessel, regardless of size or service, will be allowed to transit through the port, and all commercial vessels over 500 gross tons are prohibited from remaining in the port.
September 01, 2019
Effective 8:00 a.m. 02 September 2019, Hurricane Condition ZULU will be set in the Port of Canaveral. No vessel, regardless of size or service, will be allowed to transit through the port, and all commercial vessels over 500 gross tons are prohibited from remaining in the port.
August 31, 2019
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Yankee for Port Canaveral terminals and facilities on Saturday due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of generated by Hurricane Dorian that may arrive within 24 hours.
August 29, 2019
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 hours.
August 28, 2019
The U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port (COTP) has set hurricane condition "WHISKEY" for Port Canaveral.
July 29, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District circulated notice last week regarding plans to conduct needed repairs and maintenance on the Canaveral Lock. According to the Corps, the work is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. The Lock will be closed and dewatered from Dec. 1, 2019, through March 30, 2020. The public can provide comment on the Lock’s planned closure until Monday, Sept. 30.
July 25, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral is giving local students the opportunity to become young ambassadors for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ Junior Port Ambassador Program will enable students at nine public high schools and two private high schools within the Canaveral Port Authority Special District to share career opportunities at the Port and provide workforce development and community outreach. Home-schoolers and Clearlake Adult Education Program students up to age 19 also will be eligible.
July 17, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Following a busy and successful three-day weekend July 12-14, the Canaveral Port Authority is expecting boat trailer parking at Port Canaveral will be in high demand again during the last two days of the 2019 Federal Atlantic Recreational Red Snapper Season – July 19-20 (Friday and Saturday).
As always, boat trailer parking at the Port’s Freddie Patrick boat ramps and Rodney S. Ketchum Park boat ramps is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity is reached. Boaters – at all times – whether parking at these boat ramps or not— can access the ramps to launch their boat and seek parking elsewhere for their vehicle and trailer.
July 03, 2019
In observance of Independence Day, Port Canaveral’s administrative offices will be closed Thursday, July 4. We will reopen on Friday. Have a fun-filled Fourth!
July 01, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – 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 time capabilities to serve the Port’s growing maritime operations and expanding space enterprise in the area.
June 28, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – June 28, 2018 – Skies above Port Canaveral will be ablaze with color and light during the fifth annual 2nd of July Fireworks Before the Fireworks. One of the Space Coast’s most popular Independence Day events will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, on the lawn at Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, 670 Dave Nisbet Drive.
June 12, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has received Green Marine certification a second time for advancing environmental excellence in maritime transportation and demonstrating “green” corporate leadership. The certification was presented to the Port at the GreenTech 2019 environmental conference in Cleveland last week. Port Canaveral is only one of two seaports in Florida, and one of twenty-two ports nationwide to receive this distinction.
“Port Canaveral is raising the bar in the maritime industry’s commitment to best environmental practices,” stated Capt. John Murray, Port CEO. “Green Marine certification is more than a one-time achievement and involves responsibility for the implementation of long-term sustainable environmental goals.”
June 10, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral was voted “Best Cruise Port” in Global Traveler magazine’s annual readers’ survey and awarded the 2019 Leisure Lifestyle Award by the popular business and leisure luxury travel publication last week.
“We strive to provide our cruise partners and their valued guests with the best possible cruise port experience,” Port Director and CEO Capt. John Murray said. “On behalf of our employees, and this community, Port Canaveral is proud to receive this prestigious award, and thanks Global Traveler and its readers for acknowledging our efforts and commitment.”
May 22, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL - The Canaveral Port Authority and Disney Cruise Line have reached a new 20-year agreement to expand operations and make Port Canaveral home for two of Disney Cruise Line’s three new ships.
The new operating agreement will begin June 1, 2019, and replaces an existing Marine Terminal Agreement set to expire on December 31, 2027. It provides a 20-year primary term with two additional five-year renewals. Initially, the call guarantee remains at 150 calls, but increases to 180 calls in 2023 and up to 216 calls in 2024 through the remainder of the 20-year term.
May 16, 2019
Port Canaveral - Boat trailer parking near Jetty Park will be in high demand during the peak fishing season. As always, boat trailer parking at Freddie Patrick Boat Ramps is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity is reached.
May 09, 2019
Royal Caribbean International cruise ships Harmony of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas received a “royal” sendoff on Monday as the giant vessels sailed from their new homeport of Port Canaveral. Tugboats provided a water salute as a the 1,188-foot long Harmony, the second-largest cruise ship in the world, glided past hundreds of cheering spectators who gathered at Jetty Park for a “wave-out” event for the Port’s newest arrivals. Onlookers waved bandanas and some held up signs with large letters that spelled out “Bon Voyage.”
April 23, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL -- U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (FL-08) praised the soon-to-be-completed Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass Project (Phase 5) as a unified effort that keeps Port Canaveral’s economic engine running while restoring 3.5 miles of shoreline south of Canaveral Inlet to the pre-inlet levels of the early 1950s.
April 12, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Norwegian Cruise Line’s Sun returns to Port Canaveral today for a second season of popular cruises from the Port to Cuba, as well as excursions to the Bahamas.
Starting Monday, April 15, the Norwegian Sun, which in 2018 became the first homeported cruise ship to sail from Port Canaveral to Cuba, will offer four-, five- and seven-day cruises to Havana, Cuba, with select sailings also calling to Key West during its four-day cruises. Ports of call during the Sun’s five- and seven-day voyages include Key West, Nassau, Bahamas, or Norwegian’s private island beach at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.
April 03, 2019
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch is currently scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th with a window of 6:36 PM through 8:35 PM. Watching the launch from Port Canaveral is very popular and many thousands of people have enjoyed spectacular views from the Port. On Wednesday, April 10th parking at Port Canaveral will be limited and traffic in and around the Port will be controlled to ensure public safety, ease traffic congestion and promote a safe arrival and departure from the Port. Launch watchers should decide in advance where to park their car and follow signs to their desired lot at Port Canaveral.
April 02, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral cargo operations reached another high point recently with the arrival of the Aframax tanker ProStar at North Cargo Berth 2 for its first delivery in North America to discharge 442,131 barrels of jet fuel at Seaport Canaveral. Built in 2018, the 820-foot-long, 144-foot-wide ProStar, with a crew of 23 and a summer dead weight tonnage of 115,000 tons, is the first Aframax vessel to visit the Port.
March 28, 2019
Public boat trailer parking near Freddie Patrick Park Boat Ramp has been changed due to construction of new Cruise Terminal 3.
March 18, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – At a space-themed ceremony today, the Canaveral Port Authority and longtime cruise partner Carnival Cruise Line officially broke ground for construction of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3 complex. The new terminal, dubbed the Launch Pad, will be the home of Mardi Gras, the cruise line’s newest and most innovative ship, beginning in 2020. Port Authority Commissioners and the Port’s leadership team joined Carnival Cruise Line executives for the ceremonial groundbreaking at the project site as NASA’s “Spaceman” planted a Carnival Cruise Line flag on a simulated lunar landscape.
February 20, 2019
The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) is committed to providing you- our neighbors- with the public transportation and roadways you need to manage your daily travels. To continue to serve you best, they are asking for your feedback on the improvements you want made. Take their survey and attend some of their events to ‘voice your vision’ for Brevard County transportation today!
February 15, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – Work is underway at Port Canaveral for wider roads, improved traffic signals and a new “wayfinding” system around the Port to accommodate increased vehicle traffic generated by the Port’s operations growth. The roadway upgrades will improve traffic flow and promote traffic safety around the Port’s northside cruise terminals and growing cargo operations. The project is part of a comprehensive port-wide intermodal road improvements project plan to revamp Port Canaveral’s roadway infrastructure to support heavy loading equipment and trucks, relieve congestion, improve safety and expand efficiency and capacity of Port roadways.
January 18, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – A new mobile harbor crane for Port Canaveral arrived today at the Port’s North Cargo Berth 5. The mammoth crane arrived early Friday morning aboard the heavy load carrier, Happy Dover. The 270-foot tall Liebherr LHM 600 – the largest mobile harbor crane in the United States – 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, adding handling flexibility and extended lift capability, including heavy cargo and space components for the Port’s cargo operations.
January 08, 2019
Port Canaveral, FL – At a special meeting on Tuesday, the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved awarding Merritt Island-based Ivey’s Construction Inc. a $78.98 million contract for the Port’s Cruise Terminal 3 project and a $29.53 million contract for the adjacent 1,800-vehicle parking garage.
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, the Mardi Gras, when finished in May 2020.
December 21, 2018
Port Canaveral’s administrative offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24 & 25, and Tuesday, January 1.
December 17, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The Canaveral Port Authority’s planned issuance of a series of bonds for approximately $75 million in proceeds has been reviewed and assigned favorable ratings by two nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NRSROs).
Fitch Ratings has assigned an ‘A’ rating to Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) port revenue bonds, Series 2018 A&B. Fitch has also affirmed its rating on $63 million in outstanding Port Facilities Revenue Bonds. The Rating Outlook on all bonds is Stable.
Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an ‘A2’ rating to the CPA’s issuance of Port Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2018A (AMT) and Port Improvement Revenue bonds, Series 2018B (Non-AMT). Moody’s also affirmed the A2 ratings on Port Canaveral’s outstanding Port Revenue Bonds Series 2016C and Series 2016D. The outlook is Stable.
December 05, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) Board of Commissioners today voted to approve a resolution for the issuance of a series of bonds up to $117 million to provide the financing for Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 3 project. The new terminal will be the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest cruise ship, as part of a long-term agreement between the Port Authority and Carnival.
“I am proud of our CFO Mike Poole, and the Port’s finance team, who worked diligently and thoroughly with the ratings agencies to propose a financing package to keep our costs low,” stated Port CEO Capt. John Murray. “Our record of performance, and Carnival’s renewed commitment to our Port with the new long-term operating agreement, are the foundation of sound planning and pillars of financial success.”
December 05, 2018
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE press release - (Dec. 5, 2018) –
In a nod to Carnival Cruise Line’s rich history as America’s Cruise Line, the line announced today that it will name its new XL-class ship to be delivered in 2020 Mardi Gras™
, bringing back to the fleet the name of the first Carnival Cruise Line® ship that entered service in 1972 and started the wave of cruise vacation popularity in the United States.
In keeping with its tradition of fun, Carnival revealed the name to a nationwide television audience on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune on its signature Puzzleboard at the conclusion of the broadcast.
December 04, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The largest sand bypass project in the Port Canaveral area in more than two decades will get underway this week. The five-month effort will move approximately 1.34 million cubic yards of sand to replenish 3.5 miles of beach south of Port Canaveral. The Canaveral Harbor Federal Sand Bypass Project (Phase V) will pump sand taken from the shoreline north of Port Canaveral along Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to beaches south of the Canaveral Inlet, from Jetty Park to a half-mile south of the Cocoa Beach Pier. Locally sponsored by the Canaveral Port Authority, the $18 million federally-authorized project is scheduled to begin this week and last through late April 2019.
November 29, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Waterside construction at Port Canaveral’s new state-of-the-art Cruise Terminal 3 is underway and a new 1,309-foot-long berth is about to take shape with the arrival of the first steel for the bulkhead wall. Intermarine LLC’s Ocean Globe, a 545-foot multi-purpose U.S.-flagged vessel, arrived at the Port this week to discharge 261 steel pipes ranging in length from 110.5 feet to 126 feet. The 36-inch diameter pipe piles will be part of an A-frame structure under construction at the berth that will anchor to the waterfront bulkhead wall.
November 21, 2018
In observance of Thanksgiving, Port Canaveral’s administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22-23, 2018.
November 08, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL -- Port Canaveral welcomed the world’s largest cruise ship before dawn Thursday as Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas made its historic first North American port of call. The massive cruise vessel arrived at the Port’s Cruise Terminal 1 from Malaga, Spain with nearly 5,500 cruise guests and 2,200 international crew members.
“We’re proud of the confidence our partners at Royal Caribbean have in us. Although this ship will be home-ported in Miami, our cruise partner trusted the capabilities of this port for its first U.S. port of call,” said Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray. “As a brand-new ship, coming from a foreign port, it’s important that the customs clearance and Coast Guard inspection operations run smoothly and efficiently to avoid time delays and preserve a positive guest experience.”
October 31, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral today announced record-breaking results from all operations, and new high-water marks for the Port’s major business lines of cruise and cargo.
In year-end financials provided to the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Port CEO John Murray and Chief Financial Officer Mike Poole reported that the Port earned $103.75 million in total revenue for Fiscal Year 2018.
October 24, 2018
PORT CANAVERAL -- Port Canaveral representatives met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in Washington, D.C., to brief the Secretary on Port Canaveral initiatives and the Port's strategic significance to the Central Florida region.
September 27, 2018
The Canaveral Port Authority joins in a global observance of World Maritime Day on Thursday, Sept. 27, to focus on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.
“World Maritime day enables us to highlight the cooperation between ports and vessels,” Port CEO Capt. John Murray stated. “That partnership is crucial to maintaining and enhancing a safe and efficient maritime transportation system.”
September 12, 2018
Port Canaveral – Port Canaveral is reconfiguring its public boat trailer parking near the Freddie Patrick Park Boat Ramp to accommodate construction of a state-of-the art Cruise Terminal 3. Access to the public boat ramps remains unchanged, as well as the trailer washdown facilities. The boat ramp will remain open during all phases of construction with no reduction in boat-trailer parking spaces.
September 07, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded a total of $1.149 million in federal and state grants for Port security operations and cybersecurity systems. The Port received a $1 million Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) award for Fiscal Year 2018 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and a $149,000 grant for Fiscal Year 2019 from the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) program.
August 30, 2018
Port Canaveral - August 30, 2018 – Norwegian Sun will complete her first season of cruises to Cuba from Port Canaveral, Florida with her last sailing on September 3, 2018 before she moves to Miami, Florida for select sailings then repositioning to South America for her fall/winter season.
August 29, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Aug. 29, 2018 – The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) Board of Commissioners took the final step today and voted unanimously to approve the terms of a long-term agreement with Carnival Cruise Line, paving the way for Carnival to homeport its newest and largest ship at Port Canaveral.
“I am extremely excited about this next chapter for Port Canaveral, and extraordinarily proud of the Port’s leadership team, staff and our cruise partners who have brought us to where we are today. Carnival’s commitment to our Port and their multiple decades of operations here is a tribute to our entire Port community,” said Wayne Justice, Chairman, Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners.
August 23, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral added another new vessel call when the largest articulated tug-barge (ATB) built in the Northeastern United States made its inaugural call to the Port. Staten Island, N.Y.-based Reinauer Transportation’s brand-new vessel, the tug Bert Reinauer and the barge RTC 165, berthed recently at North Cargo Pier 2 on its second voyage, discharging a cargo of fuel to Seaport Canaveral’s storage facility.
August 21, 2018
PORT CANAVERAL, FLA. (Aug. 21, 2018) – The Canaveral Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s largest cruise operator, have reached an agreement in principle on a new state-of-the-art terminal able to accommodate Carnival’s new 180,000-ton ship, the largest ever constructed for the line, set to debut in 2020.
The terms of the agreement are expected to be included on the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. If approved, the agreement will clear the way for Carnival Cruise Line’s plans to homeport the as-yet-unnamed 5,286-lower berth ship at Port Canaveral, further bolstering the line’s position as the Port’s number one cruise operator.
August 09, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – In keeping with Port Canaveral’s commitment to environmental stewardship, a new visitor education program was initiated at the Port aimed at protecting wild dolphins swimming in waters surrounding the Port.
August 03, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral is inviting amateur photographers to take their best shot – or shots – and enter their favorite pictures in the 65th Anniversary Port Canaveral photo contest. Interested participants have until September 30, 2018, to submit up to three original digital photographs taken in or around Port Canaveral that illustrates an aspect of the Port – scenery, cruise or cargo ships, pleasure boats, nature, Port operations, wildlife, and space launches as seen from Port Canaveral. A volunteer panel of five judges will review all photos submitted and select the top three for each of five categories.
August 01, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Moody’s Investors Service has rated Canaveral Port Authority ‘A2 Stable’ in its annual Credit Opinion. The Moody’s bond rating opinion released late last week acknowledges the Port’s healthy financial metrics, established competitive position as a cruise port, and revenue diversity from cargo operations.
July 27, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) completed the purchase of 9.61 acres of Brevard County-owned land at Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park. With the $862,950 purchase complete as approved unanimously by Port Authority Commissioners in May and accepted by the Brevard County Commission on July 10, the Port Authority now owns all 45 acres of Jetty Park, a popular beachfront public recreational park at the Port’s east end.
July 26, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – July 26, 2018 – Vehicle imports and exports at Port Canaveral revved up this week with the arrival and departure of the post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessel Höegh Trotter and another RO/RO vessel, the NYK Auriga Leader. Höegh Autoliners’ massive Höegh Trotter, the third PPX vessel to visit the Port, discharged new autos at the 16-acre AutoPort Canaveral, LLC facility as the nearby Auriga Leader loaded vehicles bound for Central and South America and the Caribbean.
July 24, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Work is under way on a multi-purpose cargo berth project at Port Canaveral that also will accommodate facilities for the growing commercial space industry. Scheduled for completion in mid-2019, North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8) on the Port’s north side will provide the infrastructure and capabilities to handle a growing portfolio of heavy and oversized cargo, including commercial spacecraft components
June 29, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – For the fourth year in a row, Port Canaveral will host the Fireworks Before the Fireworks, one of the area’s most popular Fourth of July events with fireworks and family-centered festivities on the lawn of the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. Events scheduled from 5 to 10 PM feature a family fun “street fair” with food, drinks, live music, face painting and other activities for kids provided by local vendors and businesses. The fireworks display will begin shortly after sunset. Admission is free, and all guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
June 29, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Canaveral Port Authority employees gathered on the front lawn of the Port’s Maritime Center to raise a commemorative flag in what will be the first of a series of events acknowledging sixty-five years of Port Canaveral history, growth and success.
June 22, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Enchantment of the Seas was welcomed back to Port Canaveral today launching a new season of three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port. Port Canaveral was the homeport for the 2,950 passenger Enchantment until 2016. All Enchantment sailings from Port Canaveral feature a port-of-call at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island.
June 14, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The U.S. Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, the USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at Naval Ordinance Test Unit (NOTU) on September 29, 2018. The historic commissioning event is expected to draw attendance by senior military leaders, elected and appointed governmental officials and numerous business and community leaders. A series of commissioning-related events will be held at Port Canaveral prior to and after the commissioning ceremony.
June 12, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The Canaveral Harbor and Canaveral Sand Bypass projects will receive priority funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2018 Workplan. The Corps has allocated $14,760,000 to the Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass project and $1,470,000 will be provided for maintenance of the Port’s harbor and the Canaveral Locks.
June 09, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Texas A&M Maritime Academy cadets and their faculty sailed into Port Canaveral aboard the U.S. Maritime Service Training Ship Kennedy, marking the first arrival of the vessel at the Port. 275 Texas Maritime Academy cadets are on-board the vessel to gain critical hands-on ship operating experience in fulfillment of a required seven-week sea term.
June 05, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has completed, ahead of schedule, an eight-month modernization project to renovate its North Cargo Piers 1 and 2. The project is part of an overall infrastructure improvement plan to maximize usability of existing bulkhead space at the Port.
May 07, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The growth of cruising from Port Canaveral hit another milestone as the Norwegian Sun sailed out of the Port on its inaugural voyage to Havana, Cuba today. Fresh out of dry dock enhancement, Norwegian Sun returned to Port Canaveral to begin her homeport Summer 2018 sailing season.
May 01, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Canaveral Port Authority has named Michael B. Poole as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Port Canaveral, effective May 11, 2018. A well-respected seaport industry executive, Poole brings to the Port 30 years experience in maritime transportation, municipal finance, public accounting, and financial and operating auditing.
April 27, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Fitch Ratings affirmed today the 'A' rating on approximately $64.3 million of Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) port revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. Today's announcement by the credit rating agency underscores Port Canaveral's market position as a leading cruise-focused port in the U.S. With approximately five million revenue passengers expected in Fiscal Year 2018, the Port is the world's second busiest cruise port and Florida's third largest by operating revenue.
April 26, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has commenced the largest single construction project in the history of the Port. Demolition of the Port’s oldest cruise terminal began today to make way for a new state-of-the-art terminal with upgraded berth and a new parking garage. Deconstruction of the existing Cruise Terminal 3 facility is expected to be completed by July this year.
April 04, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The future is bright for Port Canaveral, now home to forty-two new solar panels in the form of energy producing solar trees. Port Canaveral has partnered with the Florida Power and Light (FPL) SolarNow™ program to plant solar trees at key locations at the Port where visitors can plug in, charge their devices, and enjoy the much-needed shade. The trees, located on the lawn of the Exploration Tower and Jetty Park, will showcase solar energy and generate zero emissions energy for many years to come.
March 26, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – A new class of post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessel made its first visit to Port Canaveral, marking the second time this year a vehicle carrier megaship of this size has called on the Port. Launched in 2017, the MV Donington PPX roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) vessel arrived at Port Canaveral as part of its inaugural U.S. itinerary. With its 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, the Donington is Hoegh Autoliners’ largest Post-Panamax vessel to call on the Port. The ship arrived at Port Canaveral, its second U.S. port of call after delivering vehicles to Port Freeport in Texas last week.
March 15, 2018
Port Canaveral is excited to be sharing the future with one of our partners, SpaceX.Watch their video showing highlights of the recent Falcon 9 Heavy launch, with many of the video clips taken right here in Port Canaveral.
Click here, to watch the video.
March 12, 2018
The January/February issue of Maritime Logistics Professional spotlight on Port Canaveral, with interviews from CEO Capt. John Murray and other Port staff. Click before to read the full article.
February 28, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – With a ceremonial ribbon cutting, Port Canaveral officially opened the highly anticipated expanded parking lot at the Cove on the Port’s south side. The approximate 160,000 square foot newly paved lot, located between Glen Cheek Drive and Mullet Road, boasts an additional 337 parking spaces, an approximate 150% increase from the original 225 parking spots. Construction began in August 2017 and was completed in February 2018, more than two months ahead of schedule at a total cost of $1.22 million.
February 21, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral Historian George P. Kistner III has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Brevard County Historical Commission. The prestigious appointment was issued by Brevard County Commissioner John Tobia during yesterday’s meeting of the Brevard County Commissioners in Viera. Kistner’s term is effective immediately, and he will serve through December 31, 2018.
February 13, 2018
The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to bolster Port security programs and critical infrastructure. Port Canaveral is one of thirty-three U.S. ports to have been awarded direct grants by FEMA for FY’17 which will be used for direct support of maritime security risk mitigation.
February 07, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL –The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded an $8.245 million grant from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for a roadway improvement project to support the Port's growth and expansion in cruise and cargo business. Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the grant award to Port Canaveral at an event held in Jacksonville on Tuesday.
January 31, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – More than 50 students, Port Canaveral staff, and community volunteers braved chilly temperatures and brisk winds Tuesday morning to clear marine debris and trash on a stretch of Jetty Park Beach at Port Canaveral. The cleanup was organized by Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) in partnership with the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral, the Canaveral Pilots Association, and the Canaveral Port Authority.
January 25, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – A new multi-purpose cargo berth at Port Canaveral was given the green light at the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting this week. Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with building a new North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8) to accommodate a growing cargo portfolio that includes commercial spacecraft components.
January 24, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL – The final version of Port Canaveral's Strategic Master Plan was presented to the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners for discussion and voting at the regular meeting of the Board today. Lead consultant for the Plan, Luis Ajamil of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc., the Miami-based consultants who prepared the Plan for the Port Authority, made the presentation to the Board.
January 23, 2018
Port Canaveral, FL –
The new class of post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessels made an inaugural visit to Port Canaveral recently. The PPX Ro/Ro vessel MOL
is the first of its kind to call on Port Canaveral. With a 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, MOL
is the largest Post-Panamax vessel to call on the Port.
October 31, 2017
The comment period for the Port Canaveral Strategic Master Plan Draft will end at midnight, October 31, 2017.
July 10, 2017
Port Canaveral has been chosen by Norwegian Cruise Line to host the Norwegian Sun, which will offer all-inclusive four-day cruises to Havana, Cuba and Key West, and three-day cruises to the Bahamas beginning May 2018.
October 06, 2016
As Port Canaveral continues to prepare for Hurricane Matthew, we ask that Port tenants and businesses take all necessary precautions to protect life, property and the environment.
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May 27, 2015
The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has responded to a request for information on an alternative rail extension route that aligns with State Road 528.
May 01, 2015
The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) last night held the first of a series of community meetings to discuss the importance of rail and intermodal transportation to the future of Brevard County and the central Florida region.
April 14, 2015
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, those seeking weeklong Caribbean cruises will have the new Carnival Magic as an option.
February 18, 2015
The new and improved Port Canaveral website at www.portcanaveral.com launched this week, providing users and smart devices with more streamlined content and easier navigation.
February 11, 2015
As one of two finalists for Volkswagen’s North American auto distribution center, Port Canaveral is well positioned to attract other automakers interested in its unique auto parking facility, a major step in cargo expansion under way at central’s Florida’s maritime gateway to the global marketplace.
January 26, 2015
During the first meeting of 2015, Port Canaveral Commissioners voted unanimously for attorney Jerry Allender to serve as the new Chairman of the five-member elected Board.
January 08, 2015
Martin Marietta utilized the new and improved bulk conveyor system at Port Canaveral for the first time when the Bahamas Spirit discharged limestone at South Cargo Pier 4.
January 08, 2015
Port Canaveral Scrap Terminal LLC (PCST) today 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.
December 15, 2014
The proposed Port Canaveral Rail Extension project, which would extend cargo rail service and increase cargo capabilities to Port Canaveral, is currently in the scoping phase of the environmental review process.
November 13, 2014
Starting November 15, 2014, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas begins homeporting at Port Canaveral through March 2015.
September 18, 2014
Starting October 1, the Brevard Sheriff Department becomes responsible for law enforcement and seaport security services at Port Canaveral as part of a $4.9 million annual contract.
August 08, 2014
Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh among seaport executives offering their input on infrastructure and policy needs to support growing export market & global trade