Canaveral Port Authority: 24 hours, 365 days per year.
Customs & Border Protection: 0830 - 1700 hrs. Monday - Friday (on call 24 hours).
Pilots: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Tugs: 24 hours, 365 days per year
U.S. Coast Guard: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Brevard Sheriff's Office: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Line Handlers: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Fuel Suppliers: 24 hours, 365 days per year
Stevedores & Agents: 24 hours, 365 days per year
GMT -5 hours
VHF Channel Call: 16
VHF Channel Work: 79
Entering Canaveral Harbor
All vessels entering the port must utilize the services of an approved Canaveral Port Authority permitted agent. Agents must provide all pertinent information to Harbormaster's office when arranging for vessel dockage. Agents will follow the prescribed information list issued by the Harbormaster's office when booking a vessel.
Estimated time of arrival is required by the Canaveral Pilots Association and the Harbormaster's office 24 hours prior to arriving at the pilot boarding station. Details include ETA/ETD, Vessel Flag/Registry, GRT/LOA/Draft.
Required Forms To Enter Vessel into Port:
CBP Form 3171
CBP Form 1300
CBP Form 1301 (when applicable)
CBP Form 1303
CBP Form 1304
CBP Form I-418 (Passenger & Crew)
Last Port Clearance
International Tonnage Certificate
International Load Line Certificate
Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (Cruise Ships)
The Port's location is given as latitude 28o 24' 46" North and longitude 80o 30' 49" West. (Please take note of our Endangered Species Watch as you approach the coastal waters off central Florida.) Vessels arriving from offshore may find a safe anchorage in the general vicinity of one mile south to southwest of approach Channel Buoy #3. A vessel anchorage shall ensure that its position will not impede the safe progress of other vessels transmitting to/from the approach channel. There are no designated anchorages within the Port confines for navigation safety purposes.
See our Navigation page for harbor and dock draft limits and tide restrictions.
Required of all vessels drawing 7 feet of draft. Pilots board inbound vessels one nautical mile southeast of Lighted Buoy #3. Latitude 28-20.7N; Longitude 080-30.5W. Click here for more information on pilots.
Pilots are responsible for arranging for tugboats. NOTE: Vessels drawing more than 36 feet (11 meters) require three tugboats and 48-hour notice is requested to prevent delays.
Line handling is provided by the Port Authority under the supervision of the Harbormaster's department and is required of all vessels making fix to all docks and quays. Rate is subject to LOA and is based on prevailing Port Tariff.
Light and heavy bunkers, diesel fuel and lube oils can be supplied via road tanker, truck or barge.
Drinking water is available at all berths with supply capacities of 300 gallons to 700 gallons per minute contingent on berth used. Water is sold at 250 gallons/short ton based on prevailing Port Tariff. Port can provide hoses for connections (inches or millimeters) based on Port Tariff.
Contact the Canaveral Port Authority Harbormaster 48 hours in advance of vessel arrival for a list of U.S. Coast Guard-Approved APHIS Reception Facilities. The same applies to MARPOL Annex V and sloppy-wastes. USCG Certificate of Adequacy holders must be used.
Several ship repair firms have wet-docking capabilities. Contact the Port Director
of Operations for such services.
Both Union (ILA) and Non-Union stevedoring firms are permitted at Port Canaveral. Only firms that have valid operating certificates are allowed to perform stevedoring services at the port.