Sharjah, a UAE Port Operator, has acquired a 35-year concession at Port Canaveral, Florida, pictured above, near one of our naval bases. They will operate a container and multi-purpose cargo terminal. The administration did not conduct a full national security review as a condition of the deal.
Diane Sori has an article on the Dryer Report titled, “Selling off control of America one piece at a time”, about the recent $100 million concession awarded to Gulftainer with more details.
The deal was signed the end of June. This information was kept from the public. Until late June, port officials referred to the company publicly as “Project Pelican.”
The contract promises to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in business to Florida so the sellout didn’t come cheap.
Gulftainer has agreed to invest $100 million in infrastructure, equipment and personnel. The company expects to hire 95 percent of its staff from Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who oversees port security as chairman of the House Transportation’s maritime transportation subcommittee, demanded that the Obama administration conduct a full national security review of the decision in a July 29 letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
“It is my understanding that the agreement marks the first time a Middle Eastern company will fully operate a U.S. cargo terminal,” the letter said.
Full article: Secret Deal for Mid-East Company to Operate Port Terminal in Florida (Independent Sentinel)