Corps temporarily closes Canaveral locks due to malfunction

Published May 1, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 1, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has temporarily closed the Canaveral lock due to a malfunction with the gates.


The problem was discovered on Friday (Apr. 27). Complications with troubleshooting the cause of the problem have led the Corps to delay resuming operations until further repairs can be completed. No time frame is currently available on how long the lock may be closed, but crews are working to resume operations as quickly as possible.


“The malfunction causes all four gates to remain open during a lock,” said Rob Schnell, assistant chief of the South Florida Operations Office, which has oversight of operations at the facility. “It is unknown how long repairs will take, but we are doing all we can to reopen the lock as soon as we can.”


The lock is located between Port Canaveral’s west turning basin and the Banana River. It was constructed in 1965 to assist with safe passage from the port to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of six locks operated by the Jacksonville District.


A Notice to Navigation is being issued on this subject.


John Campbell

Release no. 12-031