Maersk Line is significantly expanding its presence at Broward County’s Port Everglades by bringing its new NASA service to/from the East Coast of South America to APM Terminals, located at the Greater Fort Lauderdale seaport. In partnership with APL and Mitsui O.S.K. Line, Maersk’s new NASA service is projected to handle 26,000 container moves annually at Port Everglades. The first ship is scheduled to arrive October 29.
‘This is the second consecutive year Maersk has added a new service to Port Everglades to further concentrate its Latin American business at this seaport,’ says Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen. ‘This move demonstrates the impact of South America and Central America in the South Florida marketplace.’
Denmark-based Maersk Line is one of the world’s largest shipping lines with a fleet of more than 500 vessels. Sealand, which was acquired by Maersk in 1999, has operated at Port Everglades since the late 1970s and was one of the first cargo carriers with regularly scheduled calls to the Port.
Port Everglades, ranked the 12th leading container seaport in the United States according to the PIERS import/export database, is a world-class cargo handling facility that serves as an ideal point of entry for products shipped to and from Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and more recently the Far East. The Port has direct access to the interstate highway system, is within two miles of the FEC rail hub and is just one mile from the Atlantic shipping lanes. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades will have the ability to handle the Port’s growing container traffic.