Maersk Line will be adding a fourth vessel and three ports of call to its weekly north-south Espreso service linking the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.
Maersk Line will be adding a fourth vessel and three ports of call to its weekly north-south Espreso service linking the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. New calls will be Mobile, Ala.; Progreso, Mexico, and Belize City, Belize. Vessels currently deployed in the service are the Aurette A, the Roubaix and the Alioth, according to information on Maersk"s Web site.
The new port rotation will be Manzanillo, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Puerto Limon, Puerto Cortes, Santo Tomas, Mobile, New Orleans, Houston, Progreso, Santo Tomas, Belize, Puerto Cortes, and Manzanillo.
The first Mobile call is scheduled for Jan. 22 and the first Progreso call is scheduled for Jan. 30.
The Espreso service will be the third container service to call the Alabama State Port Authority"s new Mobile Container Terminal, after Zim Integrated Shipping Service's Asia-Gulf Express and CMA CGM"s PEX 3, both Far East services.
Port Executive Director James Lyons told that he expects to announce a fourth container service early in 2009.
By the end of 2009, the current three services are expected to bring some 120,000 TEUs annually to MCT, which has a first-phase capacity of 350,000 TEUS.
The terminal is a joint venture between the authority; APM Terminals North America, owned by Maersk parent A.P. Moller-Maersk, and Terminal Link, a subsidiary of CMA CGM.