Sealand, the intra-Americas regional ocean carrier of the Maersk Group, is launching a new direct, all-water service, the Gulf Ocean Express (GOEX) service connecting Central America, Panama and Colombia to and from the Port of New Orleans (NOLA). The vessel Sealand Tiger made its inaugural call for the GOEX service at Port NOLA Friday, April 20. The service will include two Sealand vessels and one MSC vessel. The GOEX service rotation and its schedule are as follows: - Northbound: Cartagena – Manzanillo – Puerto Cortes – Santo Tomas de Castilla – Houston – New Orleans - Southbound: Houston – New Orleans – Puerto Cortes – Santo Tomas de Castilla – Cartagena – Manzanillo “The new Central America service by Sealand strengthens the Port of New Orleans’ trading position with our partners in both Central and South America,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans president and ceo. “We look forward to working with Sealand and MSC to ensure the service’s success.” Sealand continues the expansion of its Americas service network by adding US Gulf capacity. Port NOLA enables Sealand to address the needs of customers for increased volumes by connecting to major US markets and Canada via 14,500 miles of waterways, six Class I railroads and the interstate highway system. GOEX serves US export cargo out of the Gulf including resins, paper, mining and metals, and frozen meat, as well as US imports of agricultural products such as fresh fruits, forestry, automotive/transportation, chemicals, and apparel. Additionally, GOEX will serve special cargo (breakbulk/out-of-gauge) out of Houston and New Orleans. “The GOEX service bridges every country in Latin America through either direct or connecting services. This helps support job creation and infrastructure investments in the U.S. Gulf region, and we are proud to be supported by the ILA as our team on the ground in the USA making it happen,” said Craig Mygatt, Sealand ceo. Sealand transhipment hubs in Cartagena, Colombia, and Manzanillo, Mexico, provide shippers with full access to Sealand’s Americas service network.
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