A 35-year, $100 million agreement between Port Canaveral and Gulftainer could bring hundreds of jobs to the area, according to WESH. The agreement will help to boost cargo operations by building a new terminal at the Central Florida port.
Peter Richards, a spokesman for Gulftainer, said, “We’re looking at 500 permanent jobs within the port, and we think the knockdown effect will be about 2,000 jobs for the entire community.”
John Walsh, the CEO of Port Canaveral, signed the agreement on Monday. It will be the first location for Gulftainer in the United States, which is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, but wants to move into the U.S.
The $100 million from Gulftainer will be used to invest in personnel, the port infrastructure and equipment.
“As Florida seeks to expand its global position and supply chains, this will happen right here in Port Canaveral,” Walsh said.
Walsh issued his State of the Port speech last week, saying that the cruise business and this new agreement will help to bring as many as 50,000 jobs in the future since both businesses are poised to grow. The improvements of the port have already begun, with widening and deepening of the harbor already in progress. New cargo lanes are waiting to be used as well.
“The ‘yard effect,’ as we call it in the port industry, is the distribution of the cargo once it’s off the ship,” said Richards. “So you’re going to freight-forwarding companies coming here; you’re going to get a lot of transport companies coming here.”Port Canaveral Signs Agreement with Gulftainer That Could Bring Hundreds of Jobs by Jim Vassallo