September 17, 2019
Gateway to Exploration


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Port Canaveral is a strategic gateway for international commerce and significant economic driver for the Central Florida region. In FY 2018, the port reached a historic high with more than $103 million total revenue earned from operations. As business demands grow, Port Canaveral remains measured in its approach and fiscally responsible, striving for strong organic growth through sound budgeting and planning, while positioning itself to meet future demands.

As the world’s second-busiest cruise port with more than 4.5 million passengers and a growing diverse cargo portfolio, Port Canaveral has several important infrastructure projects in development to boost capabilities and capacity to ensure it meets the needs of some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated cruise and cargo vessels.

Cruise Terminal 3

Construction of Port Canaveral’s new $163-million Cruise Terminal 3 complex is underway and scheduled for completion mid-2020. The complex includes a new berth, a two-story 187,000-sq.-ft passenger terminal, adjacent six-story parking garage and roadway expansion. Cruise Terminal 3 will homeport Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, its newest and largest cruise ship carrying up to 6,500 cruise guests, beginning in October 2020. Carnival’s Mardi Gras will be the first liquified natural gas (LNG) powered cruise vessel to be homeported in North America.

“The Cruise Terminal 3 project is a historic milestone for our Port and underscores the long-standing partnership we have with Carnival Cruise Line. We’re building a great new terminal, for an innovative new ship, and looking forward to welcoming Mardi Gras.” - Capt. Murray

North Cargo Berth 8

The Port is developing NCB8 as a multimodal/intermodal berth to handle heavier, more diverse cargo, including space components. Scheduled for completion in Summer 2019, the $18.5-million berth project will accommodate vessels up to 850 feet long with 35 feet of draft.

“Port Canaveral has a significant role and responsibility in building and sustaining a strong economy on the Space Coast and throughout Central Florida. To do this successfully, we must continue to invest in infrastructure to promote solid growth and economic prosperity for the region.”- Capt. Murray

Mobile Harbor Crane

Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbor crane, the largest mobile harbor crane in North America. The multi-wheeled, 1.19-million-pound crane has an 18-container reach and capabilities to hoist heavy cargo and oversized space components. Cost: $6.2 million.

“We’re excited to bring ashore this versatile, state-of-the-art crane. This kind of equipment adds value to our capabilities with wide-ranging deployment options to service current and future demands.” - Capt. Murray

Additional Projects...
Cruise Terminals 8 and 10 Renovations and Enhancements By late-2019, terminal expansion construction will get underway with an early-2021 completion date to be ready to homeport new Disney Cruise Line ships sailing year-round and seasonally from Port Canaveral beginning in 2021.

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