GT USA To Begin Container Service From Port Canaveral To Central America and Europe
By Space Coast Daily // January 14, 2016
(AJOT.com) – GT USA announced the launch of the new Blue Stream weekly container cargo service connecting Port Canaveral to Europe, the French West Indies and Central America.
The Blue Stream service, which employs five ships, is operated by StreamLines, N.V., is part of the Seatrade Group. The service provides refrigerated and dry container service to and from the Canaveral Cargo Terminal, with a focus on fresh produce and perishable cargoes.
The new line will serve Central America to Port Canaveral in just three days and will offer the one of the fastest transit times between Florida and Europe, just 11 days. The service includes direct calls to the United Kingdom. Port Canaveral is the exclusive U.S. port of call on the service.
“We are excited about the opportunity to provide our signature world-class service to StreamLines and to be its U.S. port of call,” said Peter Richards, CEO of GT USA, and managing director and CEO of the Gulftainer Group.
“The new Blue Stream service can showcase Port Canaveral as an ideal gateway, opening markets in Central America to Central Florida, and providing our local exporters the most efficient route to Europe. This will undoubtedly lead to even more growth in coming months for Canaveral Cargo Terminal, building Port Canaveral’s reputation as a key U.S. cargo port.”
Blue Stream’s maiden call at GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal is expected on January 31 with the arrival of the M/V Norderoo. From Canaveral, the vessel will proceed directly to Rotterdam, Netherlands, with calls in Tilbury, United Kingdom, and Radicatel, France.
After departing Europe, the schedule loop takes the vessels to the French West Indies ports of Fort de France, Martinique, Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe and Phillipsburg, St, Maarten – serving a Caribbean market based westbound out of Europe that is quite familiar to StreamLines. From St. Maarten, the vessels then proceed on to Moín, Costa Rica; Puerto Cortés, Honduras; and Santo Tomas, Guatemala and from there directly on to Port Canaveral.
The Canaveral Port Authority has embarked on a strategic plan to be a premier cargo port for the Southeastern United States, increasing capacity, building new facilities and improving the channel to establish the deepest, most accessible East Coast port serving Central Florida.
GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT), the only dedicated container terminal at Port Canaveral, opened for business in June 2015, a year after the signing of a historic 35-year agreement between Canaveral Port Authority and Gulftainer.
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