The Port of Palm Beach District is the port authority. The Port of Palm Beach is a diverse multi-niche port that handles containers, bulk and breakbulk cargoes, and cruise ships. The port is an independent taxing district with a five-member board of commissioners elected by district voters.
The Port of Palm Beach District covers 2.5 thousand square kilometers, or half of the county. The Port of Palm Beach is accessed through a 91-meter wide ship channel a 430-meter turning basin in Lake Worth.
The depth of the Port of Palm Beach channel at mean low water is 9.8 meters. The Port of Palm Beach has three slips, four marginal wharves, two roll-on/roll-off ramps, and a cruise terminal.
The fourth busiest container port in Florida, the Port of Palm Beach handles bulk sugar, cement, molasses, utility fuels, water, and produce. Except for their spiced rum, all Cruzan Rum from the island of St. Croix comes to the Port of Palm Beach for bottling.
In the 2004-2005 shipping season, the Port of Palm Beach welcomed 2441 ships carrying over 1.1 million tons of cargo in 120 thousand containers and more than four million tons of other cargoes including breakbulk, bulk, and dry cargo. The Port of Palm Beach also welcomed over 550 thousand cruise passengers.
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