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Commissioners at GB Welcome Center Port Breaks Ground
on Iconic New Facility
The official groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 20 for the Port's new Welcome Center, focal feature of a major multi-phase redevelopment of The Cove that could create up to half-a-million square feet of leasable office and retail space, and create hundreds of jobs from dozens of local firms.

Architechectural firm GWWO designed the iconic seven-story Welcome Center with modules as the structure of the building and most components field built. Upon completion of the modules, the building will rise rapidly, floor by floor, from the landscape. To enable the public to view the rapid progress, a covered and raised viewing platform has been built at the edge of the site. The viewing platform is located in the parking lot on the south side of Glen Cheek Drive, across from the waterfront restaurants.

In addition to watching the Welcome Center emerge, individuals and businesses will have the opportunity to be a part of this unique historic project. Portions of the Welcome Center will allow community recognition for individuals while sponsorships can help local companies distribute their message to visitors and help focus the world's attention on what Central Florida has to offer.

For additional details, connect to our electronic magazine. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact the Canaveral Port Authority at 321-783-7831.
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trade forum
Experts Share International
Trade Expertise
The 2012 International Trade Forum sponsored by the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida's Space Coast and the Canaveral Port Authority was held on June 14th from 8 am to noon at the Port Canaveral Maritime Center. More than 40 business representatives from manufacturing and service companies attended.

The half-day seminar was designed both for firms new to international trade and those currently involved in import/export. Topics included trade basics, financial resources and methods, customs compliance and foreign trade zone benefits. The seminar had speakers from the Canaveral Port Authority, Enterprise Florida, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the EDC.

An Export Success Certificate was presented to local company WBParts, Inc. for their exceptional international trade understanding and process. The morning seminar was followed by a harbor tour of Port Canaveral.
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Senator Gardiner visit
Florida Senator Tours Port
Senator Andy Gardiner visited Port Canaveral on June 5 as part of a fact-finding tour of resources that affect the welfare of his district. Gardiner is the Majority Leader of the Florida Senate and represents the 9th District, an area of almost 400,000 residents that includes parts of Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties. Senator Gardiner served as the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee from 2008 to 2010.

"I had a great time touring Port Canaveral and learning more about the incredible economic impact it has upon the community," said Gardiner after his tour. "Thanks for having me Chairman Deardoff, CEO Stan Payne and Captain Ben Borgie [Port Canaveral Pilot]."
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ct6 mobile gangway
Port's First Adjustable Gangways Ready for Ships
For the past year, Cruise Terminal 6 has created much-needed construction jobs, employing 490 construction workers. A strong commitment to local participation by the Port Authority and design-build team resulted in the use of 45 Brevard County firms that received 82 percent of the project's total jobs and material orders.

Now, the facility is open for business, having met its 11-month fast-track goal for completion, including a tight delivery and installation schedule for the Port's first adjustable gangways.

A single gangway that adjusts to multiple positions eliminates the need for multiple pieces of equipment to attach to ships of different sizes and configurations. Cruise Terminal 6's mirror pair of these state-of-the-industry passenger-boarding bridges was custom designed, built and installed by TEAM Ports and Maritime, a company based in Barcelona, Spain. Their extensive global experience includes work for the ports of Venice, Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia as well as U.S. ports on the east and west coasts.

Lifting frames are used to raise and adjust the bridges to service a wide range of ship-door locations, while sophisticated sensors follow the ship's movements continuously and auto-level the bridges for passenger comfort.

Carnival Ecstasy will be the first ship to use the new gangways and terminal on August 13th.
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Carnival's First "Home Port" Training
Brings Agents to Port Canaveral
 
Carnival Cruise Lines launched the first "From Your Home to Our Home Port" training program for travel agents in June, with three days of educational sessions in Orlando and visits to the Carnival Dream and Carnival Sensation in Port Canaveral.

Sessions included training on how to attract first-time cruisers, host cruise nights, improve listening skills, qualify prospects and dispel misconceptions about cruising.

The program was created to reach out to agents across the United States and introduce them to a few of the 19 home ports from which Carnival sails. Three additional events are scheduled for Baltimore, New Orleans and Galveston, Texas.
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