Seaboard resumes Haiti service
Seaboard Marine said it will resume service to Haiti with its ship first call at the Port of Lafiteau set for Jan. 26.
Seaboard said the port is less than 10 miles from Port-au-Prince and enjoys clear roads to the main part of the capital.
Seaboard personnel have been repairing and securing the dock at Lafiteau.
The Seaboard Sun, will restrict cargo to humanitarian goods and infrastructure material routed through international relief entities and U.S. government agencies.
Seaboard is planning for the ship to shuttle back and forth between Kingston, Jamaica, and Lafiteau.
The company said because of logistical challenges it is limiting bookings to consignees that have proven, secure and effective distribution networks in Haiti.
“It is critical that discharged containers be moved quickly to the distribution points and emptied immediately,” the company said. “We apologize for initially not being able to take bookings from all customers, but we expect that such restrictions can be eased as the situation stabilizes.”
Seaboard noted another Seaboard subsidiary is a partner in Haiti's only flour mill, a facility that was damaged badly in the earthquake.