Port of Palm Beach
|Port of Palm Beach|
|Location||Riviera Beach, Florida|
|Type of harbor||Natural/Artificial|
|Size||971 square miles (2,510 km2)|
|Available berths||17 |
|Draft depth||37 ft. |
|Executive Director||Manuel Almira|
|Annual cargo tonnage||5.1|
|Annual revenue||12.6 million|
The Port of Palm Beach is located in Riviera Beach, Florida, United States, in Palm Beach County. The port is an independent taxing district, with a five-member board of commissioners elected at large by voters within the district. The port district covers a land area of 971 square miles (2,510 km2) or approximately fifty percent of the Palm Beach County area. The port is administered by an Executive Director and professional staff of 59 full-time employees.
The Port of Palm Beach is located 72 miles (116 km) north of Miami and 150 miles (240 km) south of Port Canaveral. The 300-foot-wide (91 m) ship channel and 1,100-by-1,400-foot (430 m) turning basin are in Lake Worth, and connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Lake Worth Inlet. The nominal depth at mean low water of the channel and turning basin is 32 feet (9.8 m). The Port has three slips, four marginal wharves, and two roll-on/roll-off ramps, and a cruise terminal.
The Port of Palm Beach is the fourth-busiest container port in Florida and the eighteenth-busiest in the continental United States. In addition to intermodal capacity, the Port is a major nodal point for the shipment of bulk sugar, molasses, cement, utility fuels, water, produce and breakbulk items. With the exception of the spiced rum brand, all Cruzan Rum is shipped from St. Croix to the Port of Palm Beach to be bottled.
In fiscal year 2005 (October, 2004 through September, 2005), the Port of Palm Beach served 2,441 ships carrying more than 1.1 million short tons in approximately 120,000 containers each inbound and outbound, more than 4 million short tons of breakbulk, bulk and dry cargo, and more than 550,000 cruise passengers.
- "About us". portofpalmbeach.com. Retrieved December 23, 2005.
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