Port Canaveral Completes Damage Assessment, Prepared For Reopening Saturday Afternoon
By Space Coast Daily // October 8, 2016
minimal damage at Port Canaveral
PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Hurricane Matthew brought high winds and rain Thursday night, but left behind minimal damage at Port Canaveral, paving the way to resume full operations tomorrow afternoon pending U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port approval.
Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean cruise ships are expected to return tomorrow afternoon.
Port assessment teams spent the entire day surveying facilities and ensuring there were no obstacles to reopening the harbor and landside operations.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in the area during part of the day for a firsthand look at the storm’s impact.
“We are fortunate that our cruise terminals, cargo piers, and infrastructure are intact and ready to support our customers as soon as we have the green light tomorrow from the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Port Canaveral CEO John Murray.
Initial assessments show Port Canaveral harbor is navigable with no obstructions. Cargo piers remain intact with minimal damage to cruise terminals. Some Port tenants experienced some damage to their properties.
To assist the community with recovery from Hurricane Matthew, the Canaveral Port Authority is providing 80-100,000 square feet of space in the new Port Canaveral Logistics Center in Titusville to the American Red Cross to store relief supplies to help those who need assistance in the aftermath of the storm.
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