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King Ocean, Crowley Expand Services at Port Everglades with New VSA

[ August 11, 2017   //   ]

King Ocean Services Limited, Inc. and Crowley Caribbean Services, LLC have entered into a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) that will expand their reach into Port Everglades’ top trade market, Central America.

In addition, King Ocean will sail its own ship from Port Everglades to Costa Rica for the first time as the VSA calls for alternating ships weekly with Crowley on this route.

“This new agreement saves our customers time, at least by one full day, because we now have direct service to Port Everglades from Costa Rica and Panama instead of stopping in Miami first,” said King Ocean’s Franco Da Costa Gomez.

The agreement also authorizes Crowley to charter space to King Ocean in the trade from the U.S. East Coast to Trinidad, and authorizes King Ocean to charter space to Crowley in the trade from the US East Coast to St. Lucia and Barbados. It authorizes the parties to charter space to each other on an as needed/as available basis for the northbound movement of empty containers.

Central America accounts for 37% of all international trade through Port Everglades. Refrigerated cargo such as pineapples and melons are among the top import commodities.

“We are pleased that Crowley and King Ocean found a mutually beneficial way to provide expanded services to their customers,” said Port Everglades Business Development Director Jim Pyburn.

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