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Ricardo Charlton will head the port's Operations Division, which coordinates more than 8,000 vessel and 3.9mcruise and ferry passenger movements annually

Port Everglades names new director of operations

Seasoned ports professional Ricardo Charlton was appointed director of operations at Port Everglades.

Charlton's skill set 'spans all aspects of port operations, and we are excited that he has joined our team,' Port Everglades CEO and Port Director Jonathan Daniels said.

He will oversee a workforce of 95, encompassing the harbormaster office, line handlers, operations support and container crane sections. Charlton is responsible for budget preparation and adherence, personnel, tariff and participation in contract negotiations with cruise lines, cargo carriers and terminal operators.

The port’s Operations Division coordinates more than 8,000 vessel and 3.9m cruise and ferry passenger movements annually.

Joins from Port of Tacoma/Northwest Seaport Alliance

Before joining Port Everglades, Charlton served as director of maintenance at the Port of Tacoma/Northwest Seaport Alliance, among the largest container ports in North America and a major center for autos, bulk, breakbulk and heavy-lift cargoes, located in Tacoma, Washington.

Charlton began his maritime career in 1996 as a senior terminal planner with Freeport Container Port Hutchison Port Holdings in the Bahamas. In 2006, he came to South Florida to work for Tropical Shipping at the Port of Palm Beach as a terminal manager. Since then, he has secured positions of increasing responsibility with Crowley Liner Service at Port Everglades and Federal Marine Terminals at the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Charlton is currently working on his Professional Port Manager certification through the American Association of Port Authorities and is expected to graduate in 2021. Additionally, he is a certified facility security officer, and holds certifications for vessel stability and dangerous goods handling and hazardous stowage. 

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