Port COVID-19 Update

Page Updated: October 12, 2020  4:09 PM

Coronavirus or COVID-19Port Everglades is open and operational. We are focused on keeping the Port functioning efficiently so fuel and cargo continue to be delivered as quickly as possible into the marketplace.

The Port began taking extra sanitation precautions in our cruise terminals long before the cruise lines suspended their sailing schedules on March 13. Once the cruise ships begin sailing again, we are prepared to welcome guests with enhanced sanitation and social distancing measures.

Port users and visitors are reminded to:

  • Wear a facial covering when providing essential services or visiting essential businesses.
  • Observe social distancing by staying at least six feet from other people. Do not gather in groups and stay out of crowded places.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and to stay home if you are sick.  

Port Everglades would like to thank our customers, tenants and Broward County residents and visitors for their patience and cooperation during these difficult times.

To help keep Port users, tenants, Port staff and residents informed, we have provided direct links to various agencies with helpful information:


Business Resource Assistance


  • Broward County hotline: 954-357-9500 (8 am - 8 pm, 7-days a week)
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resources & Insights (This downloadable PDF includes applications, checklists and FAQs)
  • The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Broward County conducted a county-wide survey to investigate the potential economic effects of COVID-19 on Broward County businesses. View survey results.
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Free Assistance for Nonprofits and Businesses - a new resource, the South Florida Emergency Response Program, powered by Axis South Florida, in partnership with Microsoft, Citi, and nationally-recognized business accelerator gener8tor. Businesses and nonprofits in Broward and Miami-Dade counties affected by COVID-19 can sign up for free assistance in English and Spanish at www.axishelps.org/generator. These programs will feature daily webinars designed to identify, understand, and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one meetings will also be available. For more information, visit www.gflalliance.org or www.axishelps.org/generator.


Florida Port's Council

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Important Links: 


U.S. Coast Guard Marine Information Safety Bulletins 

Centers for Disease Control Orders

TSA Extends TWIC Expiration Date

The Transportation Safety Administration issued an Exemption to Extend the Expiration Date of Certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials notice on April 10, 2020. For TWICs expiring between March 1, 2020, and July 31, 2020, the exemption extends the validity of a TWIC for 180 days for an individual whose TWIC would otherwise expire during the effective period of the exemption, which remains in effect through July 31, 2020. TSA may extend this exemption at a future date depending on the status of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) National Emergency.

COVID-19 Health Information

Cruise/Ferry Line Travel Advisory Links

NAMEPA Parent Survival Services

North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) To support parents during this challenging time NAMPEA is providing weekly lesson plans with built-in activities (30-minute lessons) for students K-12 that will not only enrich a child’s education, but also broaden their interest in the marine environment.


Who determines if a cruise ship can enter and disembark passengers and crew at Port Everglades?

Any decision by Broward County on whether to allow any passenger vessel to enter Port Everglades will be determined once more information is available in consultation with a Unified Command made up of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Port Everglades Pilots Association, Broward Sheriff’s Office Departments of Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue, Broward County Emergency Management and the Broward County Port Everglades Department.  

Why are there so many ships on offshore?

During the coming weeks, you may notice cruise ships anchored offshore, or coming into the Port for short stops to pick up fuel and supplies. All mariners, including all crew members from any commercial ships, or as directed by Customs and Border Protection, must stay on board their vessels.

What is Port Everglades doing to prevent coronavirus from spreading in the cruise terminals?

In addition to cleaning the cruise terminals before and after each ship sailing, we have taken extra precautions by designating at least one terminal worker in each terminal to wipe down and disinfect all surface areas on a continuous basis while cruise guests are in the terminals. This includes sanitizing escalator handrails, elevator buttons, counter surfaces, seating, etc. Port Everglades terminal workers are cleaning and disinfecting using EPA corona-virus fighting cleaning products. The cruise lines have arranged to also use an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer with patented technology to disinfect our cruise terminals.