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PortMiami welcomes ZIM’s Canada Florida Express service

[ June 1, 2018   //   ]

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services recently selected PortMiami for its Canada Florida Express service (CFX). The service’s first Miami bound vessel, M/V Arsos arrived on May 31, 2018.
The M/V Arsos, a 1,300 TEU vessel, is part of a fixed weekly service, is being serviced by Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company. Its rotation is Kingston – Miami – Halifax – Kingston.
The new call at PortMiami is aimed at enhancing services to current and potential customers.
ZIM VP Shipping, Rafael Ben-Ari, said: “Responding fast to market needs with new and improved offerings is in large part thanks to ZIM’s independence, keeping the company agile and giving it operational freedom to introduce important improvements beneficial to customers.”
ZIM’s USA President George Goldman added:” ZIM’s new alignment (both of-ZCP+CFX) offers the fastest connection from China to Miami at 28 days from Shanghai, via Kingston along with many additional advantages to our customers.”
“We are excited to welcome ZIM’s CFX service to PortMiami,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “This new business opportunity was one discussed along with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman and senior ZIM executives last November during a trade mission to Israel. We’re looking forward to the arrival of the M/V Arsos.”
“This is only the beginning,” said the Miami-Dade County Chair of the Trade and Tourism Committee Rebeca Sosa. “We can’t wait to provide our partners at ZIM with the best customer service, and we look forward to exceeding their expectations. We are grateful for their business, it represents growth and opportunities for our local community.”
PortMiami is a fast growing container port offering ocean carriers the advantages of more than $2 billion of completed investments solidifying its position as a world class global gateway. Miami is the only U.S. east coast port south of Virginia with a deep channel at -50/-52 feet handling larger ships. It also has connectivity advantages, including on-dock intermodal rail links capable of reaching 70% of the U.S. population in less than four days, as well as a tunnel with direct access to the Interstate Highway System.