Port Everglades

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Port Everglades
Aerial Shot of Port Everglades.jpg
Aerial shot of Port Everglades
Country United States
Location Broward County, Florida
Coordinates 26°5′10″N 80°6′55″W / 26.08611°N 80.11528°W / 26.08611; -80.11528
Operated byPort Everglades
Owned byBroward County, FL
Type of harborNatural/Artificial
Available berths33
Acting Chief Executive/Port DirectorGlenn A. Wiltshire
Vessel arrivals4,029
Annual cargo tonnage25,301,771
Annual container volume7.2 million tons
Passenger traffic3.86 million
Annual revenue$168 million
Net income$74 million
Business activity$30 billion
The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise prepares to moor at Port Everglades
Maersk New York departing from Port Everglades
View from onboard a cruiseship (Jan 2019)
View from onboard a cruise ship

Port Everglades is a seaport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, located in Broward County. Port Everglades is one of South Florida's foremost economic centers, as it is the gateway for both international trade and cruise vacations. In 2018, Port Everglades was ranked the third busiest cruise home port in the world, accommodating more than 3.8 million passengers. [1] It was also the busiest container port in Florida and 10th busiest in the United States, moving more than 1 million TEUs annually. [2]

The port is also South Florida's main seaport for importing petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel, and alternative fuels. The port serves as the primary storage and distribution seaport for refined petroleum products. Port Everglades distributes fuel to 12 Florida counties. Port Everglades is also recognized as a favorite United States Navy liberty port. With a depth of 43 feet (13 m) (at mean low water), Port Everglades is currently the deepest port in the United States ( Atlantic Ocean) south of Norfolk, Virginia. [3]

The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting enterprise fund of the Broward County government, with operating revenues of approximately $168 million in fiscal year 2018. The port does not rely on local taxes for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is approximately $30 billion annually. Approximately 230,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the port, including more than 13,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.

Port Everglades is the #1 seaport in Florida by revenue, and the #1 container port in Florida. Port Everglades was also the #3 multi-day cruise port in the world with 846 ship calls and 3.8 million passengers in 2017, and the #2 petroleum port in Florida with 594 ship calls and 122.3 million barrels. [4]


Port Everglades is composed of land within three municipalities, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach and unincorporated Broward County. [4] Port Everglades is a man-made seaport. The port was originally dredged from Lake Mabel, a natural body of water that was a wide and shallow section of the Florida East Coast Canal system. In 1911, the Florida Board of Trade passed a resolution that called for a deep-water port. The port was originally intended to ship produce to the North and the West. In 1913, the Fort Lauderdale Harbor Company was formed and eventually dug out the Lake Mabel Cut, which opened the New River to the sea and created access for small boats. [3]

In 1924, the founder and mayor of the city of Hollywood, Florida, Joseph Wesley Young, bought 1,440 acres (5.8 km2) of land adjacent to the lake. He then created the Hollywood Harbor Development Company. Three years later, the Florida Legislature established the Broward County Port Authority. On February 22, 1928, 85 percent of Broward County's residents gathered for a ceremony in which President Calvin Coolidge was to push a button from the White House detonating explosives to remove the rock barrier separating the harbor from the Atlantic Ocean. The button malfunctioned, but the barrier was removed shortly thereafter. [5]

Bay Mabel Harbor was dedicated on February 22, 1928. Many of South Florida's local women's clubs agreed that the port needed a new name to better represent the region. They held a name changing contest, and the name Port Everglades was selected. The reason for this was as follows: "The gateway to the rich agricultural area embraced in the 4,000,000 acres (1,600,000 hectares) at the Port's very backdoor." [3] The container handling capacity of the port was increased with a new 41 acres (17 hectares) terminal, completed in 2010. The expansion increased Port Everglades' freight handling area by 15%. [6]

In 2015, the US Army Corps of Engineers approved a new phase of expansion for Port Everglades, deepening and widening channels. The project received federal authorization in December 2016 under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. The port served ships from Europe and South America that were too large to fit through the Panama Canal, but the ships still had to be under a certain load to fit properly in the port. The expansion was planned to increase main navigational channels from 42 feet (13 meters) to 50 feet (15 m), and to deepen and widen both the Entrance Channel and parts of the Intracoastal Waterway. The project was planned to complete between 2021 and 2025, to create approximately 4,789 construction jobs and 1,491 direct jobs locally, and to cost $389 million, financed from local property taxes. [7] [8]

Records and achievements

Seatrade Insider named Port Everglades "World's Top Cruise Port" for 2010. [9] From 2008-2014, Port Everglades was chosen as the Best U.S. Homeport by Porthole Cruise Magazine, an international cruise travel magazine. In 2015, the port lost to Miami. In 2016, Port Everglades won the award again. [10] On December 21, 2003, the port hosted a record 15 cruise ships, at a time when no other port had hosted 10 or more cruise ships on a single day.[ citation needed]

Port Everglades' growth was marked in a series of world record for most cruise passengers in a single day. On March 20, 2010, there were 53,365 passengers.[ citation needed] On November 26, 2011, there were more than 53,500.[ citation needed] In 2010, Port Everglades documented 55 cruise ships offering regularly scheduled cruises. On March 13, 2016, the port served 55,885 cruise passengers in and out of the port. The same eight cruise ships contributed to the 2011 and 2016 cargoes: Carnival Conquest, Celebrity Silhouette, Holland America's Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam, Princess' Regal Princess and Royal Princess, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, and Navigator of the Seas. [11]

With 15 different cruise lines docking at the port in 2010, Port Everglades claimed to offer more cruise lines, more sailings, and more itineraries than any other port in the world.[ citation needed]

Notable ships

Ships sail from Port Everglades year round, but the peak season for cruise travel from Port Everglades is from November to April, with most itineraries sailing to the Western, Eastern, and Southern Caribbean. Port Everglades was once home to RMS Queen Elizabeth when she was laid up as a museum ship from 1968 until 1970. [12] Besides RMS Queen Elizabeth, Port Everglades has been used to dock many notable and famous ships. In 2004, Queen Mary 2 completed her maiden voyage and her maiden transatlantic voyage at Port Everglades. [13]

In the 21st century, Port Everglades has been the homeports for three of the largest passenger ships in the world, the Oasis-class ships, thus far. In December 2009, Royal Caribbean International began using Port Everglades as the home port for Oasis of the Seas. In late 2010, she was joined at Port Everglades by her sister ship, Allure of the Seas. [14] In April 2017, Port Everglades became the homeport for Harmony of the Seas from April 2017 until May 2019. [15] [16]

Harmony of the Seas docked at Port Everglades

In November 2018, Celebrity Edge performed its maiden call at Port Everglades. [17] In anticipation of its arrival, Port Everglades invested $120 million into the port's first-ever brand-designed cruise terminal, the largest investment that Port Everglades has made towards any cruise terminal at the port. [18] With this development, it is expected that Celebrity Cruises will bring about 500,000 travelers to Port Everglades. [17]

Influence on Broward County

Port Everglades has a large economic impact on Broward County. In 2017, the Port generated over $30 billion in business activity and over 224,000 jobs throughout the State of Florida. [19] As the third-busiest cruise port in the world, it directly affects the region's tourism industry, with more than 3.8 million cruise passengers arriving in 2017 [20] According to a 2015 study, 62% of surveyed passengers stayed in South Florida for at least a night prior to their cruise and 21% arrived at their cruise directly from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. 21% of surveyed passengers stayed in South Florida after their cruise. [21]

Port Everglades is the second largest American port for shipping goods to Cuba. [22]

In 2014, Port Everglades generated over $28 billion in business activity. The port also generated over 224,000 jobs throughout the state of Florida. [23] This resulted in a total of $809,333 taxes collected on the state and local level.

Condominium residents who live in buildings next to the channel of Port Everglades often bid bon voyage to cruise ships as they embark on their voyages from Port Everglades with the "Condo Salute." The residents blow horns, ring bells, or wave scarves and ships often respond by blowing their horns back. [24]


Port Everglades looking southeast towards entrance channel.
An aerial shot of the stern of Carnival Conquest and the bow of Caribbean Princess both docked at Port Everglades.
  • In 1911, the Florida Board of Trade passed a resolution calling for a deep-water port to ship farmers' produce to the North and West. [3]
  • In 1913, the Fort Lauderdale Harbor Company was formed and eventually dug out the Lake Mabel Cut, opening the New River to the sea for small boats.
  • In 1924, Joseph Wesley Young, founder and mayor of the city of Hollywood, bought 1,440 acres of land adjacent to the lake and created Hollywood Harbor Development Company. [3]
  • In 1926, Young helped get a $2 million harbor improvement bond measure overwhelmingly passed by voters in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale.
  • In 1927, the Florida State Legislature establishes the Broward County Port Authority.
  • On February 22, 1928, 85 percent of Broward County's residents gathered for a ceremony in which President Calvin Coolidge was to push a button from the White House detonating explosives to remove the rock barrier separating the harbor from the ocean. Nothing happened, but the barrier was removed shortly thereafter. [3]
  • In 1928, Port Everglades was named through a contest conducted by several area women's groups. [3]
  • In 1929, Fort Lauderdale dedicated its first airport. That same year, the Port project was completed and the Port obtained certificates for construction of a railway connecting the Port to the Florida East Coast Railway.
  • In 1929, the SS Vogtland became the first cargo ship and first foreign-flagged vessel to enter Port Everglades.
  • In 1931, Port Everglades welcomed United Fruit Co., as the port's first official cruise line.
  • In 1931, Aeroland Oil Co. is the first petroleum company to enter into an agreement for land and pipeline easements. Belcher (Coastal Fuels), Standard Oil ( Chevron) and American Oil ( Amoco) follow suit. [5]
  • 1941-1943, Port Everglades is used as a military base for the U.S. Navy. [5]
  • In 1994, Port Everglades becomes an enterprise fund governed by Broward County. [5]
  • The 1940s saw a burgeoning military presence and the 1950s brought cruise liners from around the world to the Port. Around that time, the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club began greeting ships with Florida orange juice. The tradition continued for 20 years. [5]
  • 1960s: The Broward County Port Authority was renamed the Port Everglades Authority and the site of the future Southport cargo terminal was purchased. [5]
  • 1970s: The Port became the center of Florida's first Foreign trade zone. [5]
  • 1980s: The Port purchased its first rail-mounted container gantry crane. [5]
  • 1990s: The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center opened at Northport, two parking garages were completed and on November 22, 1994, Port Everglades' governance was transferred from the Port Authority to the Broward County government. [5]
  • 2000s: Port Everglades continuously breaks its own world record for handling the most cruise passengers. [5]
  • In 2001, Port Everglades dedicated a new Operations Center and Harbormaster Tower constructed atop the Midport Parking Garage. Port Everglades also celebrated its 70th cruise season hosting the world's largest collection of five star ships. [5]
  • In 2003, on February 28, port users and customers celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Port Everglades. [5]
  • In 2004, Port Everglades greeted the Queen. Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2, the world's largest ocean liner, as she made her first visit to mainland U.S. from the UK, by arriving at Port Everglades, her U.S. winter home port. QM2 is the longest, widest, tallest and most expensive ocean liner ever built. [5]
  • In 2009, Port Everglades opened the World's Largest Cruise Terminal and home of Royal Caribbean's 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world at the time. [5]
  • In 2010, Oasis of the Seas was joined by Allure of the Seas, making Port Everglades home to the two largest cruise ships in the world. [5]
  • In March 2011, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved an update of the Port's 20-Year Master/Vision Plan that includes key cargo expansion projects over the next six years that will add five berths, widen and deepen the channel to 50 feet (15 m) and bring freight rail into the port. [5]
  • In 2012, Port Everglades was the first port in Florida to join the Green Marine program, which helps ports meet various standards to improve environmental impact and reduce the footprint of the port. [4]
  • In 2015, Port Everglades was approved for expansion by the US Army Corps of Engineers. [5]
  • In March 2016, Port Everglades broke the Guinness World Record for number of cruisers in a day at 55,885. [5]

See also


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  8. ^ http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Navigation-Projects/Port-Everglades/
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  17. ^ a b Volz, David (2018-11-26). "Renovated Terminal 25 Opens, Celebrity Edge Arrives at Port Everglades • Hollywood Gazette". Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  18. ^ Staff, C. I. N. (2018-06-21). "Celebrity Reveals Terminal 25 at Port Everglades". www.cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  19. ^ "Fort Lauderdale Port - Official Port Everglades Site - Fort Lauderdale, Florida". www.porteverglades.net. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  20. ^ Satchell, Arlene (12 December 2012). "Port Everglades slips to No. 3 Busiest Cruise Port, According to Recent Data". SunSentinel. South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
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  22. ^ "Trade statistics point to Cuba's plight". miamiherald. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  23. ^ "Economic Impact". PortEverglades.net. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Ship Ahoy! Residents Near Port Everglades Greet Visitors With A Special Welcome". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 5 June 2016.

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Latitude and Longitude:

26°05′10″N 80°06′55″W / 26.086022°N 80.115287°W / 26.086022; -80.115287