Port Canaveral Honors Veteran’s Day, Creates New Cruise Role

Port Canaveral is joining the nation in recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces to honor them on Veteran’s Day, November 11.

Port Canaveral has a long and rich history with our nation’s military, dating back to 1878 when the Department of the Navy recognized the Port’s geographical importance and asked Congress to create a deepwater port at Cape Canaveral.

Port Canaveral said it is proud of the more than 230 employees who contribute to the successful operation and management of Port Canaveral, a number of them having served in all branches of the U.S. military and the U.S. Merchant Marine. The Port salutes all veterans past and present who made sacrifices in service to our nation at home and abroad.


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“Veteran’s Day is a time to remember the sacrifices our military members make in service to this great country,” said Capt. John Murray, Port CEO, in a written release. “This is a time for reflection and expressed gratitude to all those in service our country, past and present, many of whom work here at Port Canaveral.”

In observance of Veteran’s Day, Port Canaveral’s administrative offices will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017 to honor the service and dedication of the men and women who have and continue to serve in the military.

New Director of Cruise Business Development

The port has also announced the appointment of Dave German as Director, Cruise Business Development, effective Friday, November 10, 2017. German previously served as Port Canaveral's Senior Harbormaster. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the Port's alliances with cruise lines for both home ported and port-of-call vessels.

In his newly-created role at the Port German will work closely with the cruise line executives and key decision makers developing new business lines and itineraries for Port Canaveral.

Dave German holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation and logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and earned an MBA in finance from Ohio University. He joined Port Canaveral in March, 2005 as Port Operations Manager and was promoted to Senior Harbormaster in February, 2013. During that time, German led the Port's management of maritime operations and overall usage of the Canaveral Port Authority’s docks and waterways.

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