Port Loads Cargo On Explorer of the Seas Bound For Drydock In Spain
By Space Coast Daily // May 6, 2015
PORT CANAVERAL NEWS
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – An impressive container-loading operation took place at Port Canaveral recently which required the teamwork of an array of capable local companies.
It was one of the largest operations of its kind at the Port to date, but it didn’t involve a cargo ship.
Local logistics, transportation, stevedoring and security experts came together to load about 40 ocean containers and 30 tractor trailers onboard cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, bound for drydock in Spain.
The containers held the supplies and tools needed for the ocean voyage plus the ship’s upcoming renovation.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines hired approximately 1,000 special maritime contractors to perform the renovation work, much of which took place during the voyage.
Nearly 100 local workers were on the ground to coordinate the process, unload arriving trucks, move containers from on-site storage areas to the dock, drive the cranes that placed the containers in carefully plotted positions on the ship and provide security for the operation.
In addition to representatives from Royal Caribbean, the project involved Port tenants American Cruise-Aid Logistics, Ceres Marine Terminals, McRoberts Protective Agency and Ambassador Services and local Beyel Brothers Crane and American Guard Services.
The economic impact of the project extended to local hotels and restaurants that accommodated renovation contractors from throughout the world as they gathered in preparation for the working voyage to Spain.