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Following a year of negotiations, GT USA signed an agreement with the Canaveral Port Authority to help expand cargo and logistics opportunities by bringing the expertise of parent company Gulftainer, a leading global container terminal operator, plus a $100 million investment in infrastructure, equipment, advanced technology and human capital to Central Florida.

The company will operate a container and multi-purpose cargo terminal on the Port's north side, scheduled to begin operations in the last quarter of this year. GT USA will hire 50 to 80 employees initially. When fully operational, GT USA is expected to create about 500 on-site jobs and an additional 1,500 direct and indirect jobs in the local area. Its total impact on the local economy is expected to reach $630 million.
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On July 31, workers on Port Canaveral's newest cruise facility, Cruise Terminal 1, celebrated a milestone in the project: The "Dry In" Celebration is the point at which a building's roof is fully complete, allowing interior finishing work to begin. The terminal is scheduled for completion in November.

In appreciation of jobs the Port project has provided and to express gratitude to the workers, lead contractor Ivey's Construction of Merritt Island hosted the lunch to recognize those whose hard work is contributing to the efficient and speedy progress of the project. The celebration has special meaning for the many local workers for whom the project has provided jobs and the local businesses for whom it has provided revenue opportunities.

Approximately 220 construction personnel are employed on the site. In addition to Ivey's, the project uses 40 sub-contractors and 6 design companies. The Port's dedication to providing local opportunities resulted in a very high percentage of local participation: 85 percent of those involved are Brevard County residents and businesses.
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The Canaveral Port Authority's 7th Annual Reverse Trade Show is scheduled for August 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cruise Terminal 6.

This show offers area businesses a no-cost targeted opportunity to connect with purchasing professionals from the Port and other local government agencies who source a full range of goods and services. The show reverses typical trade show roles. Port departments and other agencies set up tables as exhibitors, while vendor representatives move around the hall, visiting the tables they choose, to introduce the products and services their companies provide.
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The Canaveral Port Authority will utilize $1.6 million awarded from 2014 Port Security Grant Funding for a new port-wide cyber-security program, software that integrates existing security systems and resources into a single uniformed platform and CCTV expansion into new cargo facilities.

With $225,000 of the funding, the Port Authority will initiate a phased comprehensive plan to assess, develop and implement a Port-wide cyber security program. Phase one will include identifying needed resources, including personnel, equipment and software.

The Port Authority will utilize $728,438 toward deployment of Maritime Situation Awareness and Response software. It allows for planning, response and analysis with full interoperability and integration of existing surveillance system and other resources.

"This software provides connectivity of our personnel and current security investments into a single and unified platform," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "It will allow everyone in the operational chain to know what is happening and how to respond, which reduces the risk of human error, improves response, and reduces operating costs. In addition to improving communication among personnel, it also will provide a synchronized operation and task automation related to security cameras, sensors and devices, communication systems, data sources and operating procedures."

The remaining $711,112 will be used for purchasing CCTV cameras for the Port's new container terminal and backup area.

Walsh added, "With the March 2015 opening of a new container terminal that we have partnered with GT USA to operate, we are pleased this grant will help us with state-of-the-art technical security as we expand our cargo operations for the growing central Florida market. We look forward to moving ahead as GT USA completes the federal approval process currently in progress."
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