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The 1927-built steamship (for Chadade Steamship Company) was acquired by Yarmouth Cruise Lines in 1957. In 1965, the ship burnt at sea (between Nassau and Miami).
In 1965 was constructed a sea lock as part of Canaveral Barge Canal.
It exports fresh citrus and bulk frozen citrus juice is stored in one of the biggest freezer warehouses found in the state.
The port also receives salt for water softening, lumber, automobiles, steel sheet and plate.
Space Shuttle's external tanks were floated for each mission into Port Canaveral, and the rocket boosters were towed back via the seaport, being fished from the Atlantic after each space launch.
In August 2015, commissioners approved USD 81 million port development project for upgrades of terminals 5 and 10, aimed at handling larger-sized vessels (details in the "terminal" section below).
Port Canaveral (cruise port to Orlando, Florida USA) is currently ranked world's second-busiest cruise port - after Miami Florida.
In 2004 Port Canaveral handled 3,600,000 t (4,000,000 short tons) of cargo.
Each year the port boosts economy by 1/2 billion dollars.
Port's cruise shipping business started in 1964, with SS Yarmouth Castle.
In early-November 2017, Royal Caribbean announced company's decision to homeport here in 2019 the world’s largest passenger vessel - Harmony of the Seas (max capacity 6687 passengers plus 2100 crew).
Starting May 2019, Harmony OTS offers 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean roundtrip itineraries.Departures are on Thursdays (4-day itinerary to Freeport and Nassau) and on Mondays and Saturdays (5-day itinerary to Amber Cove Dominican Republic and Grand Turk Island).