EVERGREEN ENTERS WEST COAST OF SOUTH AMERICA TRADES
Evergreen will enter the West Coast of South America trades in May, adding the region to its global container network.
The Taiwanese carrier will launch a service linking its Caribbean hub port in Coco Solo, Panama with ports in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.
Adding the new South American link to its network will allow Evergreen to provide services connecting the West Coast South America to Asia, North America and Europe, via Panama.
The new weekly Panama/West Coast of South America (PWS) service will call at Coco Solo, Buenaventura, Guayaquil, Callao, Iquique, Valparaiso, Callao, Guayaquil, Buenaventura and Coco Solo.
Evergreen said it will employ four ships on the Panama/West Coast of South America link. They are the 1,555-TEU “LT Africa” and “LT Europa,” and the 964-TEU “Uni-Forever” and the 956-TEU “Uni-Fortune.” All four ships are equipped with their own shipboard cranes, a necessity on the West Coast of South America.
In Panama, the ships will connect with Evergreen’s Asia/U.S. East Coast “AUE” and “NUE” services, and with the carrier’s Caribbean and Central American regional feeders.
Evergreen said that it is now in the process of appointing agents in Ecuador, Peru and Chile. It already has an agent in Colombia, as Evergreen has been serving the northern coast of South America for many years.
For the Taiwanese carrier, the addition of a West Coast of South America service completes its coverage of the area. Evergreen is already active on the east and north coasts of South America.