BROWARD COUNTY, FL - At 813-feet long, 131-feet wide and 62,201 gross-registered tons, the Ellie Lady will have the distinction of being the largest oil tanker to ever dock at Port Everglades when it arrives this weekend.

Approximately 8.2 million gallons (195,000 barrels) of jet fuel will be offloaded at Port Everglades. Jet fuel coming through Port Everglades is used at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.

While the Ellie Lady is the largest oil tanker to call here, the largest ships to call Port Everglades continue to be the largest cruise ships in the world,Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, sister ships measuring 1,187-feet long, 184-feet wide and 220,000 gross-registered tons.  By comparison, the largest containerized cargo ship to call at Port Everglades was the MSC Texas at 1,095-feet long, 141-feet wide and 90,745-gross-registered tons. Gross tonnage does not include the weight of the cargo aboard the ship, which make petroleum and containerized cargo ships much heavier and therefore in need of deeper water.

As one of South Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations.  Already one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels.  The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $143 million in Fiscal Year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012).  It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations.   The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is approximately $26 billion.  More than 201,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including almost 11,700 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.  More information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners go to  or e-mail

NOTE: The Ship Schedule on the Port Everglades website will be updated with the ship's arrival time once it is determined. The best way to photograph will be via helicopter or from the 17th Street Causeway Bridge.

DATE: July 5, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Manager
Port Everglades Corporate & Community Relations
PHONE: 954-468-3508 (office) 954-868-0220 (mobile)