The Port of Palm Beach announced that on August 16, 2010, the Port set an all time record for the total tonnage of ships on a single day. There were a total of nine ships in the Port, with a total gross tonnage of 95,526. This eclipses the previous record, which was set in 2003, prior to the current economic downturn.
Port of Palm Beach Chairman Blair Ciklin hailed the record as “a testament to the Port’s ability to service a wide variety of commercial enterprises” and expressed hope that “the record setting day was a harbinger of better things to come for the Port and the U.S. economy.”
The ships in Port included the multi-day cruise ship, the Bahamas Celebration, four container ships from Tropical Shipping, two local Bahamas based ships, the Albany Sound, pictured below, unloading sugar from Mexico and the Suomigracht, unloading yachts. All, but one, of the Port berths were in use at the same time.
Port staff confirmed that the past several months have seen a small but sustained increase in business at the Port of Palm Beach.