Thursday, June 9, 2016
  Cruise Terminal 5 Re-Opens
After Modernizing Makeover
On Saturday June 4, the arrival of the Carnival Valor at its new home berth signaled the re-opening of Cruise Terminal 5 (CT5) after a $48,378,400 renovation project. The project included a 120-foot longer pier, upgrades to the terminal building, new dual mobile boarding gangways and a 1044-space parking facility. Adjacent roadway improvements streamlined traffic patterns around the facility.

Opened in 1991, the renovation of CT5 prepared the facility to handle ships with capacities up to 3,500, including the 2,980-passenger Carnival Valor
 
A total of 37 companies and 500 workers helped renovate the terminal and berth; the new parking garage involved 50 companies and a crew of 450. The majority of the workers were local Brevard County residents.
 
Demolition work already has begun on the Port’s next renovation, a $35,077,711 makeover of 21-year-old Cruise Terminal 10 to enable it to handle 4,500-passenger ships by November. Both renewal projects extend the lifespans of existing facilities and delay the need for the next new terminal. 
 Port Authority Negotiates Strategic Capital Project Financing
Commission Chairman Jerry Allender and Secretary/Treasurer Tom Weinberg, with the help of Executive Assistant Melanie Bradford and Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Rodger Rees, sign closing documents on advantageous multiple-bank financing for the Port’s $105 million capital project initiative, including purchase of the recently completed Titusville Logistics Center.
 Shipping Conference Showcases Cargo Capabilities
In May, the Port Authority hosted the Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference at the Cocoa Beach Hilton and showcased new cargo facilities to 180 attendees from the Caribbean and South America.

The Port has been building the infrastructure needed to increase its cargo activity, especially in containerized cargo — the fastest-growing sector of the modern shipping industry. Representatives from 14 container carriers attended the four-day conference, giving the Port’s new facilities international exposure.

The third day of the event included afternoon presentations from Port Canaveral CEO John W. Murray and GT USA CEO Peter Richards followed by a Port tour of the new Canaveral Cargo Container Terminal, auto terminal, and other Port facilities. The day ended with a GT USA networking event at Exploration Tower attended by more than 100 convention delegates.

Creating opportunities to introduce international shippers to Central Florida is an important part of the Port Authority’s initiative to make this region a thriving participant in cargo and logistics, an industry with twice the economic impact of tourism in Florida.
 Port Completes Purchase
of Titusville Logistics Center
The Port Authority in May purchased the Titusville Logistics Center from developer Flagler Logistics, which custom built the area’s first Class A warehousing facility for the Port and its customers. Our Real Estate Department is involved actively in leasing activities now, fielding inquiries from companies of all sizes and conducting showings every week. 

Among the features:
  • 246,736 square feet
  • 22 bays — 30 feet high
  • Truck tailgate docks/Drive-in doors
  • Ten rail doors onto new rail spur
  • Easy access to U.S. Highway 1, Interstate 95
  • Only 15 miles from the Port
For leasing information, contact Director of Real Estate Scott Shepard.
  Updated Special Events Policy Protects Cruise Guest Experience, Core Activities
and Tenant Businesses

Port Canaveral is one of the most open seaports in the state, welcoming its community for a wide variety of recreational activities and events each year, including 37 in 2015. As cruise and cargo business grows, the Port Authority must protect its core operations while striking a balance to include other Port users and guests. The Commission approved an updated policy to provide guidance to event organizers and a structure for events that can help optimize the enjoyment of everyone who comes to the Port.
 
The provisions of the updated policy include:
  • Special events generally are limited in size to a maximum
    of 5,000 attendees per day.

  • Special events may not interfere with the port's maritime operations
    or commercial business operations.

  • Event organizers must submit a site plan, parking plan and detailed
    timeline of activities in advance.

  • Organizers must obtain liability insurance.

  • Multi-day special events require Commission approval.

  • The Port CEO has discretion to approve reasonable exceptions
    to provisions of the policy.
  Upcoming Business Opportunities
During the May Commission meeting:

Board authorized staff to issue a competitive design/build solicitation for repairs of the SpaceHab building, including roof replacement, exterior insulation finish system, replacement of moisture-laden drywall, ceiling tile and carpet, interior paint, mold removal and remediation, HVAC system repairs and updates, repairs and recertification of the fire alarm system and elevators, restriping of the ADA parking spaces, etc.

Due to permitting timing issues, Board authorized staff to remove scope of work for dredging design, bulkhead and berth design and associated permitting from solicitation PUR-RFP-15-7/CN 15-007 New Design/Build Cruise Terminal and issue a separate competitive solicitation for these professional services.
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