BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County's Port Everglades is hosting its 6th Annual Keep Port Everglades Shipshape painting party on Saturday, May 21, from 9AM until 1PM, in time for National Maritime Day.Photo of participants wearing Shipshape t-shirts painting a recycled petroleum barrel.

Keep Port Everglades Shipshape gives community volunteers the opportunity to test their creativity by painting recycled petroleum drums that will be used as decorative trash and recycling bins throughout the port. During the awards ceremony, participants learn about the economic impact Port Everglades has in the community and the important contributions that mariners make in international trade and cruise travel.

Volunteer painters must register with HandsOn Broward, an organization that partners with more than 600 nonprofit local agencies to provide residents with a wide range of volunteer opportunities.

In its sixth year, 'Keep Port Everglades Shipshape' is a port-wide campaign held to encourage recycling and cleanliness at one of the world's leading cruise and cargo seaports, Port Everglades. The event recognizes National Maritime Day, which is a national celebration to honor and recognize the maritime industry and its benefits to our country.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to paint their own creative designs on recycled petroleum drums that have been cleaned and prepared for painting. After the drums have dried, they will be placed throughout the Port to be used as decorative trash and recycling receptacles. Although basic paint and supplies will be provided, volunteers may bring their own non-oil based paints (latex, acrylic) and brushes if desired for a tailored design. Awards will be given for the most creative drums. A special category for awards will be included this year for the best theme of the Broward 100 Centennial celebration.

Participants over the age of 18 must present government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, at the I-595/Eller Drive security entrance gate to Port Everglades. This year's event will take place in front of Cruise Terminals 22/24. Please wear comfortable clothing that can become stained by paint. Don't forget sunscreen. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt for participating. Participants are encouraged to use the Port entrances located at Spangler Blvd./Federal Highway or Eller Dr./I-595 due to a large event at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

More information about Port Everglades, including driving directions, can be found at For other questions about the event, contact Port Everglades at 954-468-3505 or