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Port Canaveral

Cruise is still king...but cargo gets new facilities

By Edward Lundquist*

While Port Canaveral has a growing cargo and container business, it is perhaps best known as a cruise port – the second-busiest in the world, as measured by passengers, after Miami.

The cruise business represents 80 per cent of Port Canaveral’s revenue.

The port is also developing an auto import and export facility to process and customize vehicles for end-users before shipment overseas. “The auto business is at peak capacity at Jacksonville and Brunswick. We’d like to help out with that business,” said John Murray, chief executive of Port Canaveral. “We’ve opened a 20 acre container terminal and have 10 acres under development, with 45 more acres available.”

Canaveral Cargo Terminal, Port Canaveral’s first dedicated container facility, opened in 2015. It is the first US venture for Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned terminal operator. To complement the port’s investment in berths and ship-to-shore cranes, GT USA will invest US$ 100 million in infrastructure, equipment and staffing.

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