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If you like cruising, chances

are good you’ve left on a

fabulous ocean vacation from

Port Everglades in Florida.

This beautiful port has been a

staple in the U.S.’s travel and

export industries since the

early 1900s, and in the last 20

years has become a leader for

the hospitality industry and

container shipping.

As one of the more diverse

seaports in the country,

Port Everglades is the most

active cargo port and South

Florida’s main seaport for

receiving petroleum products,

including gasoline and jet

fuel. Last year saw over $28

billion in economic activity

and the future is only going

to become more profitable for

one of the top cruise ports in

the world due to expansions

and improvements.

“Port Everglades has an

aggressive expansion

program that includes

deepening and widening the

port’s navigation channels,”

said Ellen Kennedy, Port

Everglades Assistant Director

of Business Development/

Communications. “We also

recently completed some

major landside improvements

to improve truck and rail


Landside congestion is often

a problem for seaports, but

Port Everglades has direct

interstate highway access, as

well as a strong partnership

with the Florida East Coast

Railway (FECR) and the State

of Florida. Port Everglades

CEO and Port Director Steven

M. Cernak shared that this

relationship helps “keep

commerce on the move” for

the region and the world.

Cernak was recently honored

as one of the South Florida

Business Journal’s “2015

Ultimate CEOs.” Known for

his empowering leadership

style, Cernak shared that his

success is also the success of

the people with whom he has

worked, and has cited that

honesty and integrity are the

most important traits a leader

should have.

Cernak and the leadership

at Port Everglades maintain

that strong partnerships—

both in the region and

internationally—are key to the

port’s success.

Improvements In and Around

the Port for Efficiency

Port Everglades’ relationships

with its partners in the region

have opened doors—or rather

roads and passageways—for

commerce. The Eller Drive

Overpass connects the east

end of the I-595 directly to the

Port’s main entrance, allowing

vehicles to travel unimpeded

over two new rail tracks

to FECR’s new intermodal

container transfer facility

(ICTF). The obvious benefit

is for the shippers, but cruise

passengers will also enjoy the

expansion, which gives them

unimpeded access to the port.

The new 43-acre ICTF is used

to transfer both domestic



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Cernak and the leadership at

Port Everglades maintain that

strong partnerships— both in

the region and internationally—

are key to the port’s success.