Port Canaveral announced record-breaking results from all operations, and new high-water marks for the Port’s major business lines of cruise and cargo.
In year-end financials provided to the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Port CEO John Murray and Chief Financial Officer Mike Poole reported that the Port earned $103.75 million in total revenue for Fiscal Year 2018.
Port Commission Secretary/Treasurer Tom Weinberg stated, “This is more than double the Port’s Fiscal Year 2008 revenues of $47.4 million and represents an exceptional return on cruise and other capital investments.”
The Port’s FY ‘18 operating revenues reached $101.72 million with over $10 million in cargo revenues earned, the first time in the Port’s history. The FY ‘18 figures are $8.44 million above last year’s reported revenues of $93.28 million and a 120% jump from FY ‘08, when operating revenues totaled $46.1 million.
“These historic achievements are affirmation that the course we’ve charted for our Port is a good one,” stated Port CEO Capt. John Murray. “We’re continuing to look ahead to strong organic growth, sound business planning, and a clear focus on creating a best-in-class experience for every customer.”
The Port’s growing diverse cargo portfolio reported double-digit increases in FY ‘18 revenues, rising by 18% from FY ’17 to an all-time high of $10.15 million. Cargo tonnage in 2018 rose to 6,404,944 tons, a 6.9% increase over the previous year.
Commission Chairman Wayne Justice stated, “Our strong partnerships with our customers and our community, combined with a commitment to enhance the value of our assets and invest in infrastructure will continue to promote solid growth and prosperity.”
Port Canaveral’s fiscal year ended September 30, 2018. The Port marked the 65th anniversary of its dedication on Sunday, Nov. 4.