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Port Canaveral is First North American Call for New Aframax Tanker

820-foot-long ProStar – first of its kind vessel to berth at Port – makes its inaugural North American delivery of transportation fuels to Seaport Canaveral

(Port Canaveral, FL – April 2, 2019) – Port Canaveral cargo operations reached another highpoint recently with the arrival of the Aframax tanker ProStar at North Cargo Berth 2 for its first delivery in North America to discharge 442,131 barrels of jet fuel at Seaport Canaveral. Built in 2018, the 820-foot-long, 144-foot-wide ProStar, with a crew of 23 and a summer deadweight tonnage of 115,000 tons, is the first Aframax vessel to visit the Port.

“The ProStar’s arrival emphasizes Port Canaveral’s growing role in supporting Central Florida’s economic growth,” Port CEO Captain John Murray stated. “Upgrades to berth infrastructure, our channel and turning basin have enhanced our ability to accommodate increased cargo volumes coming into the region.”


CEO Capt. John Murray, left, and Seaport Canaveral General Manager David Smith, right, present plaques to ProStar Capt. Alexander Ivanishvili

(Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

In keeping with Port tradition, Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray and Seaport Canaveral Corp. General Manager David Smith presented plaques to ProStar Capt. Alexander Ivanishvili to mark the massive double-hulled tanker’s first visit to the Port.

The ProStar, which sailed 45 days from its loading port in South Korea, departed Port Canaveral on March 16 for New York.

An Aframax ship is a medium-sized crude oil tanker with a deadweight tonnage ranging between 80,000 and 120,000 tons and a capacity to carry up to 132,000 tons of crude oil. The term is based on the Average Freight Rate Assessment (AFRA), a tanker rate system created in 1954 to standardize shipping contract terms. 


Led by the elected five-member Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners and Port Director and CEO, Captain John Murray, Port Canaveral is one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting ports. A world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a gateway to new frontiers, including space, Port Canaveral hosts more than 4.5 million revenue cruise passengers through its state-of-the-art terminals and more than 6 million of tons of cargo annually, including bulk, break-bulk, project, and containerized. The Port is strategically located to service all Florida markets, 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-story interactive exhibit and event venue Exploration Tower.

For more information, visit www.PortCanaveral.com


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