ABOVE VIDEO:On March 21, two 273-foot-tall ship-to-shore container cargo cranes, each more than twice as tall as a space shuttle, arrived by barge from their former home in Savannah, Georgia. Along with rail connections, these cranes are critical to development of the Port’s container business and its tremendous potential impact upon the local economy, including the creation of up to 10,000 new jobs during the next decade.
FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:
Giant Cranes’ Arrival Signals Birth Of New Era
Morton Salt Lease Paves Way For Expansion
World-Renowned Gallery Invests In The Cove’s Future
Norwegian Announces New Homeported Ship
GIANT CRANES’ ARRIVAL SIGNALS
BIRTH OF NEW ERA
On March 21, two 273-foot-tall ship-to-shore container cargo cranes, each more than twice as tall as a space shuttle, arrived by barge from their former home in Savannah, Georgia. Along with rail connections, these cranes are critical to development of the Port’s container business and its tremendous potential impact upon the local economy, including the creation of up to 10,000 new jobs during the next decade.
Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners have approved a new 10-year marine terminal operating and lease agreement with Morton Salt that paves the way for expansion of the company’s operations.
Terms of the new agreement are estimated to generate $13 million in revenue for Canaveral and allow Morton Salt to expand operations and their footprint at the Port. The company plans to build a new distribution warehouse, which could lead to new product lines and new job creation. Currently, the company employs 54 Brevard County residents.
Morton Salt has been a Port tenant since 1990. The current facility processes sea salt imported from the Bahamian island of Great Inagua.
WORLD-RENOWNED GALLERY INVESTS IN
THE COVE’S FUTURE
Globally recognized explorer and marine artist Robert Wyland has three national television shows in addition to exhibitions and galleries across the country. The newest of the Wyland Galleries of Florida held its grand opening on March 21 at Fishlips’ restaurant in The Cove.
According to Wyland, the Port location is a perfect fit for his marine-inspired art. In addition, “I saw the Exploration Tower and that told me a lot about the direction the Port is taking. I like that they are ‘thinking big’ and I want to be in on the ground floor of it.”
He was referring to the planned expansion of The Cove, for which the Port Authority currently is interviewing developers. The total project, which will evolve over several years, potentially offers half-a-million square feet of leasable office, restaurant and retail space, providing opportunities for a large number of businesses and attracting visitors from near and far to spend money in the area.
NORWEGIAN ANNOUNCES NEW HOMEPORTED SHIP
A new multi-year agreement negotiated with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is bringing in a new seasonal homeported ship next year. The 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit will offer alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral every Saturday fromNovember 21, 2015 through April 16, 2016.
The contract also continues port of call visits from the NCL Breakaway and Gem for the next three years, with options for two additional years.
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