Original news was published 25 January, 2018
The new class of Post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessels recently made its maiden visit to Port Canaveral.
The PPX Ro/Ro vessel MOL's Brooklands, is the first of its kind to visit Port Canaveral. With a 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, MOL's Brooklands is the largest Post-Panamax vessel. The ship arrived at the Port Canaveral, which is first US port of call, following transit through the expanded locks of the Panama Canal.
"The visit of MOL's Brooklands marks a new chapter for our cargo operations. Large capacity vessels selecting Port Canaveral highlights the role this Port plays in driving economic opportunities for the Central Florida region," said, Captain John Murray, Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners and Port Director and CEO of Port Canaveral."
MOL's Brooklands was built in 2017, which is 199.96 meters (656 feet) in length with a beam of 38 meters (125 feet) in width. The massive car carrier, with a 72,700 GWT, discharged 315 new vehicles from Mexico at the AutoPort Canaveral LLC facility at the Port Canaveral before departing to Jacksonville, Florida.
The recently completed six-month deepening project of Port Canaveral's West Turning Basin supports deeper draft vessel access equal to the authorized Port channel depth of -44 feet.
Led by five elected members, Port Canaveral is one of the world's most dynamic and exciting ports. A world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation, logistics, and gateway to new frontiers, including space, Port Canaveral hosts over four million revenue cruise passengers through its state-of-the-art terminals and 5.5 million of tonnes of cargo annually, including bulk, break-bulk, project, and containerised.
The port is strategically located which serves various markets in Florida, as well as the Southeastern United States. In addition to world class cruise facilities and diverse cargo operations, Port Canaveral offers more recreational opportunities than all other Florida deep-water seaports combined, including public parks, free public boat ramps, marinas, an entertainment district, and the seven-storied interactive exhibit and event venue exploration tower.