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Horizon Lines joins Port of Philadelphia’s roster of services
Charles G. Kopp, Esq., Chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) has announced that Horizon Lines, a respected and long-established ocean carrier, will begin a weekly vessel service between the Port of Philadelphia and San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday, April 11. Horizon Lines will bring 52 vessels a year to PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, which is operated by Greenwich Terminals, LLC.“On behalf of all the hard-working men and women at the Port of Philadelphia, I want to welcome Horizon Lines to Philadelphia,” said Chairman Kopp. “With our strong reputation in the handling of cargoes moving between Philadelphia and Puerto, I know we’ll do a great job for Horizon Lines.”
Horizon Lines is touting a 3.5-day transit time between Philadelphia and Puerto Rico, with a vessel departing Philadelphia every Thursday. Horizon Lines will handle a variety of containerized cargoes, among them general, refrigerated, and pharmaceutical cargoes.
In its own statement about the new service, Horizon Lines noted that, among other reasons, it chose the Port of Philadelphia due to its strategic location; fast transit times; fast turn-around times; comprehensive rail and highway network; expedited inspections (including on-site USDA, APHIS, and U.S Customs), and on and off-site warehousing.
Horizon Lines, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping companies and the only ocean cargo carrier serving all three noncontiguous domestic markets of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto from the continental United States. The company maintains a fleet of 14 fully Jones Act qualified vessels and operates five port terminals in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. A trusted partner for many of the nation’s leading retailers, manufacturers, and U.S. government agencies, Horizon Lines provides reliable transportation services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland distribution capabilities to deliver goods that are vital to the prosperity of the markets it serves. The company is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“This new service is a home run for the Port of Philadelphia and the region,” said Tom Holt, Jr., chief executive of Holt Logistics Corporation, whose Greenwich Terminals LLC operates PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.
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