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Canaveral: New GT USA Terminal Attracts Container Service

StreamLines N.V. is adding Port Canaveral to its Blue Stream weekly liner service that includes Central America, Europe and the Caribbean. The service is scheduled to begin with the arrival on January 31 of M/V Norderoog at the new Canaveral Cargo Terminal.

The terminal is operated by GT USA under a 30-year lease agreement with the Canaveral Port Authority.

StreamLines N.V. provides refrigerated and dry container service specializing in fresh produce and perishables. The new service is part of the company’s development plan and expands Port Canaveral’s relationship with StreamLine’s parent company, Seatrade, whose GreenSea service calls Canaveral monthly.

"This service validates our new terminal and Canaveral’s cargo expansion with valuable central Florida logistics impacts," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "We are thrilled and applaud StreamLines, a valued and trusted name in shipping, on the decision to choose Port Canaveral."

The service utilizes five 1,300-TEU capacity ships, each equipped with 250 reefer plugs. Canaveral will be its exclusive U.S. port of call. Sailing times from Florida are 11 days from Europe and three days from Central America.   

"We see Canaveral as an important transit point for refrigerated, dry and project cargoes between Central America, Florida and Europe," said Pablo Gonzalez, General Manager, StreamLines N.V. "Working closely with our U.S. general agents, North American General Agents, we are committed to first-class customer service by providing ‘Fast, Dedicated, Direct’ service."

From Canaveral, the M/V Norderoog will head directly to Rotterdam, with subsequent calls at the ports of Tilbury in the United Kingdom, and Radicatel in France. The westbound itinerary calls Fort de France (Martinique), Pointe a Pitre (Guadeloupe), Phillipsburg (St, Maarten), Moín (Costa Rica), Puerto Cortés (Honduras), Santo Tomás (Guatemala), and Port Canaveral.

"This service," said Alberto Cabrera, Port Canaveral’s senior director of cargo business development, "will strengthen Florida’s perishable import market from Central America and provide a Central Florida gateway to shippers seeking to lower inland transportation costs and to get their product to market faster. At the same time, it creates an efficient outlet for Florida shippers to export products directly to northern Europe."

Opened last June, the 20-acre/8.1- hectare Canaveral Cargo Terminal is served by a 2,000-foot (609-meter), berth depth of 39 feet/12 meters, and 2 ship-to-shore gantry cranes. Throughput capacity is 200,000 TEUs annually. GT USA is investing $100 million in facilities, infrastructure, equipment and workforce.

Canaveral Cargo Terminal
Photo/Port Canaveral

Duluth-Superior Shipping Season Winds to a Close

The Port of Duluth-Superior is hosting the winter layup of seven Laker ships.

The Indiana Harbor laid up on November 3 and a major repowering project has been underway at Fraser Shipyards on the Herbert C. Jackson since early December. They were followed this month by the Edwin H. Gott, the American Century, the Kaye E. Barker, and the Philip R. Clarke. The final arrival – the Paul R. Tregurtha – officially marked the end of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season at the Twin Ports.  

Hundreds of workers – engineers, welders, pipefitters, mechanics, electricians and others – will spend the next eight weeks doing heavy-duty maintenance and repair work so these vessels are ready to sail when the Soo Locks reopen on March 25 and the 2016 Great Lakes-Seaway shipping season gets underway.


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