Wednesday, August 3, 2016
 Public Ground Transportation Meeting On Rules & Regulations
A public meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. August 16, at the Maritime Center Commission Chambers to gather community input on the Port Authority’s proposed new Ground Transportation Rules and Regulations.
 
Currently, 21 percent of traffic at the Port on an average day is commercial. The rules and regulations being proposed are expected to reduce congestion, optimize the Port experience for cruise passengers and increase fairness to all commercial providers. Staff has prepared preliminary rules and regulations with great input from providers and other stakeholders.
 
The new rules and regulations support a planned transition from an existing ticket permit system to an updated automated system. Implementation of the automated system is expected to start at Cruise Terminal 1.
 
All providers must have valid Port permits before bringing passengers into the Port and the new rules will include a clear enforcement component. A moratorium on off-site parking providers will be lifted effective October 1.
  Attend Our Ninth Annual
Reverse Trade Show

WHEN: Thursday, August 18
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cruise Terminal 1
9050 Discovery Road
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

This is a once-a-year opportunity to introduce your business, face-to-face, at no cost, to local procurement professionals from Port Canaveral and other Brevard County agencies and governments.
 
You can visit all participants’ tables to learn about their needs, upcoming projects and bid processes. There also will be free information sessions on how we do business specifically at Port Canaveral. These will cover General Procurement, Vendor Insurance Requirements and Engineering and Construction.

Go to the Port website for more information and to register.
  Port Certification Offers Central Florida Business Opportunities and Fresher, More Affordable Produce
A July informational workshop was among the final requirements in Port Canaveral’s process to qualify for certification as a port of entry for cold treatment products — containerized fruit that has been held in near-freezing temperatures to kill exotic fruit flies and prevent their introduction into the state.

Until recently, fruits and vegetables from fruit-fly infested areas in the southern hemisphere were required to enter this country through seaports in the Northeast because of their special cold-treatment warehouses. With the development of a Florida Department of Agriculture program in 2013, Southeastern ports now are able to receive some of these products.

Instead of being shipped up the east coast to ports like Philadelphia and then trucked south to consumer markets in Florida, blueberries and grapes from Peru and Uruguay plus blueberries, apples and pears from Argentina soon should be eligible for import directly through Port Canaveral. Lower transportation costs can lead to lower prices at the grocery store and shorter transportation timeframes can give fruits a week or more of additional shelf life.

Increases in Port cargo business and the import of new commodities are expected to add new jobs and business opportunities at the Port and throughout Central Florida. 
 New Port-wide Software Will Engage Guests and Vendors
Port Canaveral’s IT Department is in the process of implementing new port-wide software that will make internal processes more efficient and facilitate better interactions between the Port and its vendors, customers and guests.

Netsuite, a brand of financial software, is the heart of the system. In addition to Netsuite, a maritime-specific billing system, iSeaports, also is being implemented. A park reservation module recently added to iSeaports enables the Port to expedite a planned online reservation system for Jetty Park. By 2017, campers will be able to locate available campsites and make reservations via computer or smart devices.
 
The last major software component of the system update will be project management package e-Builder. This software organizes building projects throughout their life cycle — from design and bidding through construction, billing and close-out.
  Progress Around the Port
The $31 million project to renovate and increase the capacity of the Cruise Terminal 10 complex remains on time and on budget as contractor H.J. High completes painting on the parking garage.
Construction continues on Morton Salt’s 45,000-square-foot expansion project, designed to add capacity and a food-grade production line to its 25-year-old Port facility. When completed later this year, the facility will begin producing ten food-grade salt products from imported Bahamian sea salt.
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