BrowardCounty's Port Everglades will be the first and last U.S. calls for SeaLand and APL's North American Express Service (NAE/ACX) to Latin America beginning August 27, according to an announcement to customers posted by SeaLand.
SeaLand, an ocean freight shipping company recently revived by Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, and APL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines, a global transportation and logistics company, selected Florida International Terminal, LLC (FIT) at Port Everglades to provide cargo handling and stevedoring services.
The new service is expected to generate more than 20,000 container moves annually.
Florida Internacional Terminal, LLC (“FIT”) was formed in 2004 as a result of the association of two large Latin American Port Operators, SAAM and AGUNSA, both linked to the oldest and largest Chilean steamship companies CSAV (Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores) and CCNI (Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica), with the purpose to manage and operate a Marine facility located in Port Everglades, FL in the United States.
"The joint SeaLand/APL service is an excellent fit because Port Everglades is already a leader in the North-South trade lanes, particularly the perishables market, and the company is positioned to grow with us as we deepen and widen our channels and add berths for larger cargo ships," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. Port Everglades is investing more than $600 million in waterside improvements, and in the last year celebrated the opening of a 43-acre intermodal rail container transfer facility and a multitude of road improvements.
SeaLand/APL's NAE/ACX service will arrive in Port Everglades as a first-in call every Thursday from Manzanillo, Panama, before sailing to other U.S. East Coast ports and returning on Sundays as a last-out U.S. call before sailing to Cartagena, Colombia.
Considered a pioneer in the container shipping industry, SeaLand, which Maersk acquired in 1999, opened its headquarters in Broward County, FL, in the city of Miramar, earlier this year.
At the crossroads of north-south and east-west trade, BrowardCounty's Port Everglades is Florida's leading container port, handling more than one million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serving as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.