Port Everglades is upgrading its maintenance facilities and streamlining operating procedures to save money and better serve cruise and cargo customers.
A central warehouse is the focal point of an improved inventory control system to better track supplies and reduce costs. The next step, already underway, is to computerize the inventory accounting through a software package that is being customized for the Port.
“In 2017, we recognized that there were inefficiencies in how the Port’s facilities were maintained. We hired a consultant to develop an action plan to revamp our preventative and capital maintenance programs and implement new inventory control procedures,” said Acting Chief Executive & Port Director Glenn Wiltshire. “Since then, the public works functions have been divided between our Operations Division and our Seaport Engineering & Facilities Maintenance Division, depending upon the workers’ trade skills, which gives supervisors better oversight.”
The warehouse is controlled by authorized employees who track supplies, usage and ordering. Skilled trade workers have one place to go to obtain supplies and are no longer responsible for shopping or purchasing goods and services.
The 6,400-square-foot warehouse was a former workshop and storage facility on Port property that employees were able to renovate in-house.
Other streamlining measures are being implemented as Port Everglades undergoes a $1.6 billion capital improvement program to upgrade cruise and cargo facilities over the next five, 10 and 20 years.
About Port Everglades
As one of Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Broward County’s Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government with operating revenues of almost $170.7 million in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is nearly $34 billion. More than 230,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 13,127 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. For more information on Port Everglades, visit porteverglades.net or email PortEverglades@broward.org.