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Port Authority Talks SpaceX Booster Fees

SpaceX booster arrive at Port Canaveral. Photo: SpaceX Instagram.

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Port Canaveral District Board of Commissioners are discussing plans to charge SpaceX a fee to bring spent rocket boosters through the port.

It’s called a Wharfage fee and it applies to any product coming through the port. For example, it’s about a $1.50 per ton to move bananas through the port.

SpaceX lands its first stage booster at sea, and brings it back to Cape Canaveral through Port Canaveral.

There’s no specific wharfage for aerospace parts, so the board is recommending the Authority create one. They’re suggesting $500 per ton, or about $15,000 per booster.

In an e-mailed statement to WMFE, SpaceX says the proposed wharfage fee is 14 times higher than what any other business is being charged for using Port facilities.

SpaceX says Port Canaveral is an important partner in booster recovery, but wants the price to be fair.

The board commissioners meet Wednesday at 9:00 am.

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Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »