May 6, 2013 - Wilmington, NC - Maersk Line is adding port calls in Panama and Costa Rica to its weekly South Atlantic Express (SAE), currently connecting the Port of Wilmington with Central America. Shippers and receivers using Wilmington can now directly access Manzanillo, Panama and Puerto Moin, Costa Rica, in addition to Puerto Cortes, Honduras and Santo Tomas, Guatemala in northern Central America.
New trade lanes to South America’s west coast, the Caribbean and Australia/NZ for Port of Wilmington customers are also open via transhipments at Manzanillo, Panama. Markets in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago are now accessible through this option. Over the road service to El Salvador and Nicaragua continues to be available from Puerto Cortes and Santo Tomas.
Under the expanded SAE service, the ports of Puerto Cortez and Santo Tomas will be called twice in the rotation, once for imports and a second time for exports, to maintain the current transit times or cargo availability. A third vessel has been added to the SAE service.
Maersk has provided weekly service between the Port of Wilmington and Honduras and Guatemala for four years. Maersk has enjoyed increasing support from North Carolina business and industry. Volumes in the first quarter of 2013 show 24% growth over first quarter 2010.
“The Maersk SAE service at the Port of Wilmington largely supports North Carolina’s textile and apparel industries,” said Jeff Miles, acting executive director, North Carolina State Ports Authority, “ and is helping to sustain the jobs of thousands of North Carolina workers in these and related industries.”
” North Carolina’s Ports help boost NC textile companies’ bottom line with more efficient supply chain,” added Peter Klaus, vice president, liner sales, North Carolina State Ports Authority. “Our partnership with Maersk Line in this program has been recognized by in a recent article in AMERICAN SHIPPER, a leading international shipping publication. American Shipper, Dec. 2012 "Spinning a new yarn"
Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company and has a significant regional office located in Charlotte.