Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Port Everglades Hopping

Waterborne Commerce At All-Time High: Total waterborne commerce at Greater Flort Lauderdale's Port Everglades reached an all-time high of 26.6 million tons of cargo passing through Greater Fort Lauderdale's seaport during fiscal year 2005 (Oct. 1, 2004 through Sept. 30, 2005). Multi-day cruise ship passenger counts increased by 0.5 percent from 2,675,296 passengers in FY04 to 2,688,363 passengers in FY05. Daily ship passenger counts, however, dipped 20.5 percent from 1,400,110 in FY04 to 1,113,101 in FY05 due to bankruptcy of St. Tropez Casino Cruises. The cruise passenger count total declined by 6.7 percent from a record 4,075,406 total passengers in FY04 to 3,801,406 passengers in FY05. Cruise revenue also decreased slightly by 2.0 percent from $30,601,167 in FY04 to $30,000,619 in FY05, an eventful year for the cruise sector as Port Everglades surged past a cumulative total of 50 million passengers processed in the 74 years since the first cruise ship docked at Port Everglades in 1931. Also during FY05, Port Everglades welcomed three new cruise ships -- Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, Holland America’s Westerdam, and MSC Cruises’ MSC Opera. As a South Florida economic engine, Port Everglades is a gateway for international trade and cruise vacations, ranking as one of the top three busiest cruise ports worldwide, the nation’s 12th busiest containerized cargo port and South Florida’s main seaport for petroleum products like jet fuel and gasoline. The Port annually provides more than 13,550 jobs and generates $2.4 billion in business and $761.1 million in personal income. By dollar value, Port Everglades, reached at (954) 523-3404, accounts for 22.1 percent of the state of Florida’s waterborne imports and exports, handling more than $11 billion in goods each year.

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