Port Everglades reported 3.89 cruise passengers for fiscal year 2019 (Fiscal Year runs October 1, 2018 through September 1, 2019), an increase of 1 percent year-over-year, according to a statement.
For the sixth consecutive year, Port Everglades container throughput exceeded one-million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry’s standard measurement for containers) for a total of 1.05 million TEUs, according to a preliminary year-end Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) report
Overall revenue increased 2 percent from $168 million in FY18 to $170.7 in FY19.
“These numbers are strong, especially considering the high amount of construction underway at the Port,” said Acting Chief Executive and Port Director Glenn Wiltshire. “We anticipate similar stable numbers over the next two years as we continue with the Southport Turning Notch Extension to add new cargo berths and Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes.”
New automobiles highlighted the year as Horizon Terminal Services, which opened a new terminal in January 2018, increased the number of new vehicles moving through Port Everglades by 76 percent year-over-year to nearly 51,000.
Cruise business increased slightly during FY19 to a total of 3,892,215 passengers. The number of multi-day cruise passengers rose from 3,741,408 in FY18 to 3,773,062 in FY19.
Cruise Terminal 25 opened early in FY19 in time for the arrival of the Celebrity Edge. The Port also welcomed Holland America Line’s newest Pinnacle-class ship, the 2,650-passenger Nieuw Statendam.