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CT6 Opens
New Cruise Facility Opens
Port Canaveral has its first new cruise terminal in more than 15 years, after an 11-month fast-tracked construction process. Florida Governor Rick Scott toured Cruise Terminal (CT) 6 on August 9, just days before Carnival Ecstasy opened the facility with a sold-out voyage for more than 2,600 passengers.
 
Carnival Cruise Line will be homeporting three cruise ships at CT6, taking advantage of its efficient layout, mega-ship-capacity processing space and attention to guest comfort and convenience. This facility incorporates two firsts for the Port: mobile adjustable gangways that accommodate ships of varying sizes and configurations and leasable retail space on the first level of the associated parking garage.

For additional information and video, see the electronic Port Magazine.
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Governor Scott and Commissioners
State Money Accelerates Channel Improvements
The Port Authority has been pursuing a critical project for several years - the widening and deepening of the harbor channel. Not only are these improvements needed to prepare for the larger cargo and cruise ships of the future, but they also are important to navigation for many larger ships already using the Port.

During his tour of Cruise Terminal 6, Governor Scott announced that the Florida Department of Transportation would be providing $24.4 million in state funding for the channel construction project, enabling it to be completed by fall 2014, four years earlier than it could be finished through the federal funding process.
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American Phoenix
Port Hosts U.S.-Built Tanker
on Maiden Voyage

On its maiden voyage, the American Phoenix traveled from Louisiana to the Seaport Canaveral fuel terminal at Port Canaveral to discharge 13.6 million gallons of gasoline. The tanker is notable as one of a small number of U.S.-built and -flagged vessels with a U.S.-crew in operation. The largest vessel ever built in the state of Alabama, the American Phoenix, created 150 construction jobs and employs a 22-person U.S. crew. The ship is built to high quality standards, uses cutting-edge technology and multiple redundancies to protect the environment and boasts a pumping rate of 22,000 barrels an hour.
 
On August 20, Port officials and pilots held a plaque exchange on the ship's bridge with the Captain and officers, in honor of the Phoenix' maiden voyage and first visit to Port Canaveral.
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Reverse Trade Show 2012
Reverse Trade Show Continues Popularity
The Port's annual trade show allows typical roles to be reversed. Port departments and other agencies with purchasing needs set up tables as exhibitors, while vendor representatives move around, visiting the tables to introduce the products and services they provide. This year's show in August attracted more than 150 vendors, who were able to get valued time with representatives of all Port Authority departments including the police department and Jetty Park; the cities of Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa and Cape Canaveral; plus Canaveral Fire Rescue, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners and Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
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Welcome Center First Floor Exhibit Designers Reveal
Exhibit Concepts
Design development for the new Cove Welcome Center and its exhibits continues. John Gregg, project manager with GWWO Architects, presented an update at the August Commission meeting.
 
A sculptural element is being created to hang in the opening between the first and second floor to help draw visitors upward through the Center. The element will feature manatees and other sealife created out of collected trash to reinforce the importance of the natural environment and protection of that resource. This exhibit will utilize local materials and artists.

Designers also are developing the complex focal piece of Floor 2 -- an interactive table-top display that will convey the entire history of the Port -- and a 15-minute film for the auditorium that will serve as overview and introduction to all the exhibits and the Space Coast region.
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