Port Everglades

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Port Everglades is getting a new leader today — in the middle of a $1.6 billion dollar expansion, and the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Two Holland America cruise ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, are in the process of docking and clearing passengers at Port Everglades.

There are are total of 13 people with COVID-19 (10 on the Zaandam and three on the Rotterdam) who are listed in the plan as needing critical care, according to the final plan. Only the most critical will be taken to hospitals in the Broward Health System, a spokesperson confirmed to WLRN. 

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Broward County commissioners debated for hours during a meeting Tuesday about whether or not to let a Holland America Cruise ship, the Zaandam, dock at Port Everglades. 



A fourth person in Broward County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the third case that has been traced to Metro Cruise Services, which operates out of Port Everglades, state officials announced early Tuesday morning.

Authorities say a cruise ship has been cleared to enter port after being held off Florida's east coast while awaiting testing of two crew members for the new coronavirus.

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Port Everglades and local elected officials marked the first step in a $437 million expansion to make way for expected massive new cargo ships with a celebratory press conference on Tuesday.

“It’s a critical milestone in getting there,” acting port director Glenn Wiltshire said afterwards of the $29 million Congress approved this month to move a Coast Guard station blocking work.

Bigger Ships Are Coming to Port Everglades. Here’s What That Means for South Florida.

Feb 14, 2020
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Bananas. Tiles. Shoes. They come by the shipload now to Port Everglades to stock shelves mostly across the state and some even beyond.

Each ship could carry more than 10,000 to 12,000 cargo containers — up from 6,000 to 8,000 — under a recently approved expansion project. “Ships are getting bigger,” said Ellen Kennedy, port spokeswoman. “Why would you have two ships when you can do the job with one?”

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More cranes, cars, cargo and cruise ships: The Port Everglades of 2038 could look a lot different than it does now. 

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A former lead biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who managed the controversial dredging of PortMiami will plead guilty to lying, her attorney told a Miami federal judge on Tuesday.

The United States Coast Guard seized cocaine with an estimated street value of around $500 million during a series of interdictions in international waters.

student asks engineer questions on Celebrity Silhouette.
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Some Miami-Dade high schools are trying a new way to get kids ready for life after graduation: getting them to see first-hand job opportunities that aren't usually presented at job fairs. 

That's how top students from 16 different Miami-Dade high schools got to board the Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship on Friday and explore career opportunities in the cruising industry. 

“It’s huge!,”  said Booker T. Washington senior Kiona Collins when she first walked on deck .

After graduation, one of the things she’s considering is becoming a cruise ship dancer.

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In advance of a $374 million dredging project at Port Everglades, the U.S. Corps of Engineers published a fact sheet last month to help the public understand the work and risks posed to coral and other marine life.


A Cuban trade delegation visited Port Everglades in Broward County on Thursday - and the port and the Cubans were supposed to sign an agreement. But Florida’s governor made sure that didn’t happen.

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The United States Army Corps of Engineers said this week it will conduct additional studies at Port Everglades in Hollywood to determine how dredging during a planned expansion could impact fragile coral reefs.

The announcement comes after environmental groups and a diving association sued over studies the groups said were outdated.