The Port of Palm Beach is located in Riviera Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. The Port is an independent taxing district, with a five-member board of commissioners elected at large by voters within the district. The Port district covers a land area of 971 square miles (2,510 km) or approximately fifty percent of the Palm Beach County area. The port is administered by an Executive Director and professional staff of 59 full time employees.
The Port of Palm Beach is located 80 miles (130 km) north of Miami and 135 miles (217 km) south of Port Canaveral. The 300-foot (91 m) wide ship channel and 1,100 by 1,400-foot (430 m) turning basin are in Lake Worth, and connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Lake Worth Inlet. The nominal depth at mean low water of the channel and turning basin is 32 feet (9.8 m). The Port has three slips, four marginal wharves and two roll-on/roll-off ramps, and a cruise terminal.
The Port of Palm Beach is the fourth busiest container port in Florida and the eighteenth busiest in the continental United States. In addition to intermodal capacity, the Port is a major nodal point for the shipment of bulk sugar, molasses, cement, utility fuels, water, produce and breakbulk items. With the exception of the spiced rum brand, all Cruzan Rum is shipped from St. Croix to the Port of Palm Beach to be bottled.
In Fiscal Year 2005 (October, 2004 through September, 2005), the Port of Palm Beach served 2,441 ships carrying more than 1.1 million short tons in approximately 120,000 containers each inbound and outbound, more than 4 million short tons of breakbulk, bulk and dry cargo, and more than 550,000 cruise passengers.
In 2010, Celebration Cruise Line Opened a 2-day cruise, every other day, to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach using the nearly new passenger terminal.