Port Canaveral is a world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a portal to new frontiers in space. In its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019, Port Canaveral hosted nearly 4.6 million revenue cruise passengers through its state-of-industry terminals and saw movement of 6 million of tons of cargo, including dry and liquid bulk, breakbulk, project and containerized goods.
Port Canaveral has a significant role and responsibility in building and sustaining a strong economy on Florida’s Space Coast and the Central Florida region – now the 10th-largest consumer market in the United States, with economic growth well above the national average. The port and its Foreign-Trade Zone No.136 furnish a unique quadrimodal transportation hub, linking sea, land, air and space with the benefits of a first-class seaport that includes easy highway access, unrestricted air draft, 43-foot deepwater sea access and uncongested multipurpose berthing.
Port Canaveral has tailored its growth deliberately and strategically. Approximately 75 percent of the port’s total revenue is derived from its cruise business, but, with an increasingly diversified cargo portfolio and growing needs of the region’s commercial space operations, the port is investing in increasing capacity with harbor and landside infrastructure improvements, such as new and renovated cruise terminal facilities and building and refurbishing multipurpose deepwater berths to keep pace with demands and promote economic prosperity for the region.
State-of-industry terminal facilities and multipurpose deepwater berths are critical to meeting the needs of today’s larger, more sophisticated vessels, adding value to the port’s capabilities and helping maintain the port’s competitive position for handling future business demands.
Port Canaveral’s significant growth is boosting its economic impact across Florida. A newly released study shows the port’s operations in 2018 contributed $3.85 billion in economic impacts, while supporting 32,650 jobs, with $1.3 billion in wages and an estimated $107.2 million in Florida tax revenues.
Named “World’s Best Cruise Port” by Global Traveler Magazine in 2019, Port Canaveral is soon to become North America’s first liquefied natural gas cruise port. Port Canaveral is to be the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Mardi Gras – a 180,000-gross-registered-ton ship powered by cleaner-burning LNG, slated to arrive at the port’s new Cruise Terminal 3. The $163 million terminal project is the largest in the port’s 66-year history.
As part of its nearly three-year preparation and planning for the arrival of the groundbreaking cruise ship, Port Canaveral expanded its maritime firefighting academy to offer advanced LNG firefighting certification training for firefighters, shipboard personnel and LNG fuel operators and transporters. The port also has on order a high-tech fireboat designed and purpose-built to provide enhanced marine firefighting and rescue capabilities. The $4.8 million 65-foot-long marine firefighting rescue vessel is targeted for delivery in fall 2020. It is to be equipped with conventional and dry-chemical firefighting apparatus to ensure safety of the port’s growing maritime operations and expanding space enterprises in the region.
Goals & Objectives
- Expand the LNG footprint and service capabilities for the cruise lines
- Work with commercial space companies to accommodate the increasing requirements of their expanding enterprise
- Balance berth utilization with the highest demand for bulkhead space in the Port’s history
Current or Planned Investments
- Cruise Terminal 3 Complex and Roadway Expansion
- North Cargo Berth 8 Uplands Improvement and Pier Extension
- Cruise Terminals 8 & 10 Renovations and Roadway Expansion
- $110 million in total revenue for 2019 (highest in Port history)
- Historic long-term 25-year agreement signed with Carnival Cruise Line includes homeporting their largest and newest class of ship and the first LNG powered cruise ship in North America
- A new mobile harbor crane (largest in USA) acquired late 2018 and put into service early 2019 to handle a variety of cargo including heavy lift of rocket boosters for commercial space
Port Canaveral’s hinterland includes the Central Florida region paralleling the I-4 corridor and the Central Florida I-95 corridor.
Cargo: Central and North Florida counties of Brevard, Polk, Indian River, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.
Cruise: The U.S., Europe, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.
Serve the district and region by facilitating waterborne commerce, creating employment, accommodating port- related business and industry, and otherwise positively impact the economic growth of the district.