Port Everglades


Port Everglades

Written by Julie Greiner

Port Everglades is the world's premier cruise port with more home-ported ships and cruise lines than any other port in the world: Holland America Line, Royal Olympic Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas, Premier Cruises, Sea-Escape Cruises, Princess Cruises, Discovery Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Conard Lines and the list is still growing. One can catch a two-night cruise to an 89-night cruise from this port. The list of luxury sites, world travel and visions of grandeur surround you. Enchantment of the Seas of the Royal Caribbean International line joined Port Everglades last April. More than 2.7 million passengers passed through Port Everglades in the year 2000.

A World Premier Cruise Port

Port Everglades -- a world renowned port for import and export of cargo reaches countries of the world crossing all hemispheres. Port Everglades Southport Intermodal Terminal took delivery of its fifth and sixth post-Panamax, low-profile, rail mounted Southport container gantry cranes early in December of 1999. These are 151-foot cranes. These giant, 1,510-ton pieces of equipment are capable of moving 35-45 containers an hour. This established Port Everglades as a world-class service provider for containerized cargo. There are sometimes more than 300 autos unloaded at Port Everglades in one port call. South Florida Auto Terminal handles a minimum of 1,000 imported vehicles per acre per year. Imported steel remains a booming cargo, with record breaking tonnages that have nearly doubled every year since 1996

U.S.S. Higgins Naval Warship

USS Higgins is the third Navy ship "brought to life" at Port Everglades. The Higgins is the most technologically-advanced warship ever built (504-foot long, 8,315-ton warship). It is named in honor of Marine Col. William R. "Rich" Higgins. It accommodates 37 officers, 33 chief petty officers and 339 enlisted men. Other navy ships "brought to life" at Port Everglades are USS Cole in 1996 and USS Leyte Gulf in 1987. The fact that Port Everglades has been selected to host three navy ship commissionings demonstrates the mutual respect, cooperation and commitment between the U.S. Navy, the port and the Broward County community

Navy and Coast Guard Fleet Week

Several Navy and Coast Guard vessels visiting Great Fort Lauderdale for annual Fleet Week. October's Fleet Week celebration is an annual tradition thanking our nation's sea-going personnel for their dedicated service to our county and for their ongoing patronage of Port Everglades and Broward County as a premier liberty stop. For information on Fleet Week check out the Port Everglades Navy Hotline, 954-468-3539.

Petroleum Import and Bulk Cargo

Petroleum remains the ports second largest import. Residual fuels (fuel oil, alcohol and turbo fuel) showed the highest increase. Gasoline tonnage is the largest petroleum produce moving through Port Everglades. Port Everglades provides a storage capacity of approximately ten million barrels and serves as the second largest non-refinery import, storage and distribution center for petroleum products in the U.S. Construction materials that built South Florida have been shipped into Port Everglades' deepwater harbor facilities since the early 1930's. Inbound cargoes such as cement, gypsum, lumber and steel are important revenue sources that have remained the seaport's top dry inbound bulk commodities. It wasn't until the 1950's however, that the first cement silos began appearing on the seaport's waterfront. Today cement remains Port Everglade's top dry bulk commodity with more than 1.7 million tons moving through annually.

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