BROWARD COUNTY, FL -- Broward County's Port Everglades today welcomed Nordana's newly built cargo ship M/V Frijsenborg on the vessel's maiden call to South Florida. Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director Steve Cernak and Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire presented a traditional plaque and port challenge coin to Frijsenborg Master Francesco Rafanelli to mark the occasion. Built by Cantiere Navale Visentini of Porto Viro, Italy, the Frijsenborg is 179.46 meters long with gross tonnage of 21,970. It is equipped with modern air emissions control scrubbers, and can handle heavy lift, yachts, rolling stock and containerized cargoes. Portus is the stevedoring company for Nordana at Port Everglades. At the crossroads of north-south and east-west trade, Broward County's Port Everglades is Florida's leading container port, handling more than one million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serving as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Florida, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world's largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of approximately 110 million visitors statewide and 6 million residents within an 80-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the Florida East Coast Railway's 43-acre intermodal container transfer facility, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades continues to handle future growth in container traffic. A world-class cargo handling facility, Port Everglades serves as an ideal point of entry and departure for products shipped around the world. More information about Broward County's Port Everglades is available at porteverglades.net or by calling toll-free in the United States 1-800-421-0188 or emailing PortEvergladesCargo@broward.org. PHOTO CAPTION: Welcoming Frijsenborg Master Francesco Rafanelli to Port Everglades are, from left: John Mullins of Portus, and from Port Everglades: Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire, Business Development Manager Robert Barceló, Chief Executive Steve Cernak and Assistant Director of Business Development Jean Elie.