Port Canaveral christens new firefighting boat to support cruises, yet to resume – WFTV Orlando


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PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Port Canaveral officials commissioned and christened their newest firefighting vessel Wednesday in preparation for a summer return to cruising.The hi-tech Fireboat-2′s firefighting capabilities include dry chemicals to support liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ships like the Carnival “Mardi Gras.”WATCH: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station WELCOME Port Canaveral's newest hi-tech firefighting vessel "Fireboat 2", which was commissioned. christened w/ a bottle of environmentally-friendly champagne. State Fire Marshal Div. Dir. Julius Halas placed a wreath, followed by FL Sen. Debbie Mayfield, christening Fireboat 2. pic.twitter.com/OsTPlrSBnf— Port Canaveral (@PortCanaveral) June 30, 2021

If it departs as scheduled next month, the Mardi Gras will become the first cruise ship of any kind to leave Port Canaveral with paying passengers in more than a year.Fireboat-2 will be used to support all of the port’s cruise activity, which has yet to resume.Disney postponed a trial voyage from Port Canaveral originally scheduled for June 29. However, Royal Caribbean still has a simulated cruise scheduled for its “Allure of the Seas” on July 27.READ: 1st post-pandemic cruise ship from US sails awayPort Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray says there will be more to follow.“There are multiple simulated cruises scheduled,” Murray says. “I didn’t go through those at the commission meeting because they’re all subject to change at the last minute.”Murray says cruise lines are still working to navigate the requirements for “simulated” versus revenue voyages.READ: Arrest made in suspicious death of 3-year-old in West Melbourne“You know the pain that this port and the community has been undergoing for the last year,” Murray says. “While for many areas, COVID is over and going back to business, we’re still hurting here...our community is hurting here and this is very important to get things up and running again.”Capt. Murray notes that another reason Port Canaveral’s return to cruising has lagged behind other ports is that many families sail from there with children, which has to be taken into consideration. ©2021 Cox Media Group
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