Maersk Sealand changes two Panama services
Danish mega-carrier Maersk Sealand is amending two services in the U.S.-Caribbean/Central America and Caribbean/Central America-North Coast South America trades.
Maersk Sealand is introducing a weekly “Hispaniola” service connecting the United States, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Panama. The “Hispaniola” Service will combine its Asia/Dominican Republic and Miami/Dominican Republic services.
The “Hispaniola” service commences when the 519-TEU multipurpose vessel “Topas” departs from Rio Haina March 22. The port rotation is Miami; Caucedo, Dominican Republic; Manzanillo, Panama; Rio Haina, Dominican Republic; Port Au Prince, Haiti; and back to Miami.
With the introduction of this new service, Maersk Sealand said it will no longer provide direct southbound service to Port au Prince, Haiti. Depending on origin, export cargo to Haiti will be routed via Manzanillo or Rio Haina.
At the same time Maersk Sealand is replacing its “Maracaibo Feeder” service that connected Panama to Maracaibo, Venezuela and Oranjestad, Aruba with a service connecting Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Trinidad.
The “North Coast Service” begins with the departure of the 598-TEU “Maersk Ensenada' March 23 from Manzanillo, Panama. The port rotation will be Manzanillo; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Manzanillo; Puerto Cabello, Venezuela; Point Lisas, Trinidad; Guanta, Venezuela; Puerto Cabello; and back to Manzanillo.
Maersk Sealand said implementation of the “North Coast Service” will allow export cargo from Trinidad to connect with its global network via Panama.