Following the storm of Hurricane Matthew, Port Canaveral in Florida is reporting around $7 million in damages. The initial estimates were around $2-3 million, but CEO John Murray, says the cost is much higher than that.
Some of the damage includes potential issues with port roads, leaks at the cruise terminals, and damage to the roofs of buildings. The port was forced to completely cancel planned sails of both the Disney Dream, and Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, but the business they lost from that was offset by the fact that some other cruise ships were forced to stop there because of the storm.
Port Canaveral is currently seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help with the repairs that they have deemed necessary. The damage could have been way worse than it ended up being, since the storm didn’t come all that close.
The port was actually able to reopen the day after the hurricane came through, despite the damages that had been incurred.
“Everybody hit the deck running Saturday morning. We had a great team effort. It was a great effort by everyone to get it up and running.”