Caribbean cruise vacations and international trade are what make Port Everglades an economic powerhouse for Broward County and one of the most diverse seaports in the United States.
Port Everglades is located in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, with a combined 110 million residents and seasonal visitors within a 500-mile radius. With its proximity to the Caribbean, Port Everglades is the third-busiest cruise homeport in the world. And it is a leading container port in Florida and among the most active cargo ports in the United States.
Port Everglades is also South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products, including gasoline and jet fuel. Approximately 38 percent of the petroleum consumed in the state of Florida, including jet fuel for four international airports, is stored and distributed by companies located within Port Everglades. A foreign-trade zone and available office space inside the port’s controlled-access area make Port Everglades a highly desirable business center for world trade.
The port’s diversified cargo mix includes containers, refrigerated cargo (fifth in the nation), new and used automobiles and trucks, dry bulk, breakbulk, project, roll-on/roll-off and liquid bulk. The Florida East Coast Railway’s 43-acre international and domestic intermodal container transfer facility makes it possible for cargo shipped to Port Everglades to reach Atlanta and Charlotte within two days and 70 percent of the U.S. population within four days.
Port Everglades hosts nearly 4 million passengers annually, sailing on a variety of itineraries offered by nine different cruise lines and one daily ferry service. Guests enjoy the port’s proximity to three international airports, including the rapidly growing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) less than 2 miles away. For pre- and post-cruise stays, Port Everglades is a short drive from sweeping beachfronts, a vibrant art scene, world-class restaurants, craft breweries, entertainment, shopping, casinos and family-friendly activity destinations – including the namesake Florida Everglades.
Port Everglades follows an aggressive, comprehensive master/vision plan that, to strategize for upcoming capital improvements, is updated every two to four years to reanalyze and update market trends; changes in the cruise, cargo shipping and petroleum industries; local planning initiatives and evolving technologies. This in-depth analysis provides a projective and substantiated market-driven and environmentally sound, phased roadmap for guiding cost-feasible capital investments over the next 20 years.
During 2020, Port Everglades is to unveil its latest master/vision plan update, to include a five-year master plan through fiscal 2023; a 10-year vision plan for fiscal years 2024 to 2028; and a 20-year vision plan through fiscal years 2029 to 2038.
The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting enterprise fund of Broward County government. It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations or capital improvements. The total annual value of economic activity at Port Everglades is nearly $34 billion. And 231,579 Florida jobs are impacted by the port, including 13,127 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.
Goals & Objectives
- Complete the Southport Turning Notch Extension and Crane Rail Infrastructure project
- Expand the cruise market
- Complete the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Improvements Project
Current or Planned Investments
- Southpoint Turning Notch Expansion New and three new Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes largest infrastructure project in the Port’s history; allows for new cargo berths by lengthening the existing notch from 900 feet to 2,400 feet and installing crane rail infrastructure to handle new Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes
- Harbor Improvement Project to include deepening of the Port’s navigational channel from 42 to 48 feet and widening narrow sections of the Intracoastal Waterway
- New International Logistics Center will contain warehouse, refrigerated warehouse and office space, and cross-docking facilities; divided into two buildings the scheduled completion is September 2020
- Completed construction of Cruise Terminal 2, in time for the arrival of Celebrity Cruises’ first new ship class in a decade, Celebrity Edge on November 19, 2019
- Exceeding 1 million TEUs for six consecutive years
- Obtaining a signed Chief of Engineer’s Report and Congressional authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Port Everglades Navigation Improvement Project
Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, with a constant flow of seasonal visitors and up to 110 million residents plus within a 500-mile radius. The Florida East Coast Railway’s 43-acre intermodal container transfer facility makes it possible for cargo shipped into Port Everglades to reach Atlanta and Charlotte in two days, Memphis and Nashville in three days, and 70 percent of the U.S. population in four days.
The Caribbean, Central America, South America, Panama Canal and Europe.
As a premier gateway and powerhouse for international trade, travel and investment, Broward County’s Port Everglades leverages its world-class South Florida facilities and innovative leadership to drive the region’s economic vitality and provide unparalleled levels of service, safety, environmental stewardship and community engagement.