Port of Palm Beach Construction Allows Record Cargo Capabilities for Florida Sugar and Molasses Exchange

Slip Three, the Port’s southernmost slip, underwent major renovations including increased depth of 35 feet (from 33’) and a northward shift of approximately 10 feet. The improvement will allow vessels to fully load without waiting on a rising tide. While the slip was still under construction, the Louis Howland was able to dock and load a record 16,700 short tons of sugar.

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[ARCHIVED] Celebrating with our Centennial Sponsors

The original item was published from September 22, 2015 9:31 AM to September 28, 2015 4:12 PM

The Port of Palm Beach has reached its 100 year milestone because of its partnerships. Whether they are tenants, contractors, business partners or community supporters, each relationship has helped the port grow, sustain and plan for the future. To learn more about our Centennial Sponsors, please read below, and visit their websites to discover how they may help you and your organization reach your Centennial Anniversary. 

The Port of Palm Beach graciously recognizes the following Centennial sponsors. The firms represented below have helped this port maintain its standing as an economic engine of Palm Beach County.

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At CH2M, we love to take on our clients' most complex infrastructure and natural resource problems, creating new pathways for human progress. Partnering with governments, cities and businesses in more than 50 countries, we tap deeply integrated capabilities across our organization – in transportation, water, environment, nuclear, oil & gas, industry, and urban environments – to meet their biggest engineering challenges. And we draw on the exceptional skills and creativity of 25,000 teammates with an outstanding track record of expertly executing projects both big and small. We love what we do, but we care just as much about how we work.

Gold Sponsors


Partnering with clients, AECOM integrates engineering, design and program management services to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions. We provide a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions to the ports and marine industry.


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Tropical Shipping, owned by Saltchuk, and founded in 1963, is a leading containerized cargo carrier to The Bahamas and The Caribbean. From its headquarters at the Port of Palm Beach, Tropical serves ports in the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Eastern Caribbean and Guyana.

Silver Sponsors

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As South Florida's only year round 2-night Bahamas cruise sailing every other day of the week, we offer tremendous flexibility when selecting your cruise date. Our 6:00pm departure time and morning return to West Palm Beach adds to convenience for passengers who work or need to coordinate flights. Even though we depart at 6:00, the onboard fun begins just after noon!

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Blue Horizon Casino Cruises is South Florida's premier gaming experience. Your 5-hour sea voyage of gaming fun includes the only premium casino action in the Palm Beaches, dining, entertainment and drinks at three bars. Join us on the 11am-4pm cruise and in the evening 7pm-12:30am.

Your ticket includes cruise, dining, entertainment, free drinks while gaming and always coffee, tea, and soda free throughout the cruise. We are a non-smoking casino but for our smokers there is an outdoor smoking deck. We have over 250 slots, live craps, roulette, blackjack, and we have the only sports book in South Florida. Our rate is $25 per person but for Florida residents, seniors, we have a special rate of $20 per person. Must be 18 to gamble, and 21 years old to drink. Check out our website http://www.bluehorizoncasinocruises.com
or call (855) 478-LUCK-5825 or (561)771-0710.

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Cheney Brothers, Inc. began its family business in 1925. From humble beginnings in West Palm Beach with one truck delivering eggs, milk and butter; Cheney Brothers has grown into one of the largest broadline food & beverage service distributors across the Southeast. Cheney Brothers presently employees over 1800 people in Florida with yearly sales exceeding $1 billion. The fourth generation continues the family tradition of quality service with a focus on customer satisfaction with a personal touch. Our solid reputation extends worldwide through export services to over 80 countries worldwide, including the Caribbean and Latin America.


Import Sponsors

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Shoreline Foundation Inc. is a Certified Small Business firm, based in south Florida, which specializes in marine construction, heavy highway, and deep foundation construction services.  Established in 1986, SFI provides these construction services for projects at locations throughout the eastern seaboard of the United States, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.  Over the last 29 years, Shoreline Foundation has become recognized as south Florida’s premier marine contractor, having built more fixed and floating marine facilities than any other contractor in Florida.  SFI specializes in the construction of marine infrastructure for Ports from Maryland to Texas, as well as government infrastructure improvement projects for local, state and federal agencies.  Available upon request, our Statement of Qualifications provides detailed descriptions of representative projects, company values and describes our professional approach of consistently delivering a quality product.  Information about SFI’s current projects may be found on our website:  www.shorelinefoundation.com.

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Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice.

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Stonerock Shipping has been operating from the Port of Palm Beach since 2012. Stonerock operates large scale bulk metals export logistics and shipping service out of the Port of Palm Beach, receiving bulk metals by truck, rail, and vessel, then storing and loading onto ships for carriage to major international steel companies abroad. Stonerock partners with U.S. steel companies to ensure a solid long term foundation for its success in the export operation at the Port of Palm Beach, which will reach 500,000 tons per year. Stonerock uses state of the art methods to insure safety, security, and environmental safeguard in the operation.


CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high quality products and reliable service to customers and communities throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. We produce, distribute, and sell cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and related building materials in more than 50 countries, and we maintain trade relationships in close to 100 nations.

CEMEX’s U.S. network includes 13 cement plants, 46 strategically located distribution terminals, more than 100 aggregate quarries and more than 450 ready-mix concrete plants. CEMEX USA was named the EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year for 2009 and 2010.

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The mission of GEHRING INSURANCE is to provide the highest level of comprehensive employee benefit expertise, while focusing on the unique needs of each individual client through personalized and professional service unparalleled in the market. Service is the foundation of Gehring Insurance. We are committed to providing the finest in group insurance programs customized for your needs, not only during your renewal, but throughout the year. Services include, but are not limited to the following: request for proposals, comprehensive market evaluation, carrier negotiations, claims resolution, billing issue assistance, claims monitoring and updates, benefit booklets, employee orientations, on-site training, and rapid response and accessibility to staff.

Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving approximately 4.7 million customer accounts across nearly half of the state of Florida. As of year-end 2013, FPL’s typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the national average and the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities. FPL’s service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2014 as the most trusted U.S. electric utility by Market Strategies International, and has earned the national ServiceOne Award for outstanding customer service for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE).

Palm Beach Parking & Valet has provided valet services for port tenants for more than a decade. All cruise passengers arriving and departing from the Port of Palm Beach enjoy timely and courteous valet from a team of dedicated professionals. Palm Beach Parking boasts a long history with the Palm Beach area, with services offered from private event valet to private, corporate and educational establishments. Clients of note include The Breakers and Lynn University.


Export Sponsors


For Food Service distribution in the Leeward & Virgin Islands, Merchants has unsurpassed experience, size and coverage, with its own unique integrated supply network, originating from the Port of Palm Beach in Florida.

Merchants Export manages on-island Warehousing, refrigerated delivery, chain distribution, ship chandlering, third-party logistics, British Virgin Islands affiliates, Florida buying office with bonded Foreign Trade Zone warehousing and consolidation, USDA Export Inspection and more.

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The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida.  Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, its primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions and international trade. During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created more than 12,650 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $62,900, resulting in more than $615 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County.



The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment.

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The Viking Group is a diversified portfolio of privately owned business enterprises, created and funded over the last five decades by Bill and Bob Healey. Its leadership now includes the next generation, Patrick Healey and Bob Healey, Jr., who directly oversee operations within the Viking portfolio. The flagship of the Viking Group is the Viking Yacht Company, founded in 1964, which has built more than 4,690 boats between 33 and 92 feet. A vertically integrated company, other than a few major components such as engines and appliances virtually every part of a Viking is designed and manufactured on the premises in New Gretna, NJ and Riviera Beach, FL.

Viking Yacht Company-Florida, Inc. is the Florida arm of the company and also serves as the Florida base for its subsidiaries Atlantic Marine Electronics, Palm Beach Towers, and the Viking Yacht Service Center, all based in Riviera Beach. Viking Developers LLC, partners with the Viking Yacht Company, is the real estate development and property management arm of the Viking Group and is the master developer of a $375 million, 26 acre, mixed-use redevelopment of the marina district in Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County, FL. The Healey family and the Viking Group support and fund many philanthropic endeavors which includes the local Riviera Beach Maritime Academy, a free charter high school in Riviera Beach which incorporates the marine trades in its unique curriculum.

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USI is a leader in insurance brokerage and consulting. With more than 4,400 dedicated, experienced and innovative professionals in more than 140 offices across the United States, we have a team of professionals nearby ready to serve you.

USI is the 8th largest insurance broker of U.S. business1, the 3rd largest privately owned broker2 and the 12th largest insurance broker in the world.3 We are the 7th largest benefits broker ranked by global benefits revenue.4 We are the #1 employee benefit communication and enrollment services provider in the U.S.5 We are the 3rd largest privately held personal lines broker and 4th largest privately held commercial lines broker in the U.S.6 We are the 5th largest affinity program provider in the U.S.5 We are a top 10 retirement consulting firm7 and we are the largest employee benefit wholesaler in the Northeast tri-state area. We are the 3rd largest independent property/casualty insurance agency. To contact a West Palm Beach representative, please email sharleen.otoole@usi.biz.

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Formally organized in 1961, Nowlen, Holt & Miner, P.A. (NH&M) has grown progressively and has become one of the larger Certified Public Accounting firms in Palm Beach County, Florida. NH&M provides quality service to meet our clients’ needs, contribute to our clients’ welfare, and help our clients overcome challenges and improve performance. Quality service is a pivotal component of our firm’s tradition and the cornerstone upon which we build our business present and future.  


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The beginnings of Port Towing date back to the 1940s, when S.T. Milling owned and operated a dredging business throughout the Lake Worth Inlet. As one of the region’s most knowledgeable mariners in the inlet, he was asked to navigate a large clipper ship into the port. Following, Milling became regularly contacted to navigate or escort large vessels through the inlet into the port. As traffic and demand for experienced mariners to assist with navigating the inlet, Milling and his son established Port Towing Inc. Today, Port Towing provides tug boat assistance to port tenants and other maritime industry businesses, and is owned and operated by brothers Skip and Mark Milling.

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JACOB Companies is a fully comprehensive design, construction and project management construction company serving the Southeast and Northeast markets. Our diverse portfolio has encompassed clients in various industries. A brief sampling of our clients include telecommunication companies, universities, entertainment venues, and financial centers.

The clients we have worked with depend on the professional services of JACOB Companies time and time again to complete their most challenging projects. The reputation we have earned is based on the satisfaction of our clients. We continue to strive for excellence in our industry, setting ourselves apart from the competition with our policy that promotes open communication, high quality work and professionalism.