PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – GT USA welcomed to the Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) the M.V. Seatrade Red on its maiden call to the United States. M.V. Seatrade Red is one of four of the Seatrade Group’s new Colour Class fleet of ships.
The 607-foot M.V. Seatrade Red is a specialized reefer container vessel with a capacity of 2,259 TEUs and 674 reefer plugs. The vessel was built at the Yangfan Shipyard in Zhoushan, China, and officially launched in May 2016.
On November 20, Joe Cruise, commercial manager of GT USA; and Alberto Cabrera, senior director, Cargo Sales, Canaveral Port Authority marked the vessel call by presenting commemorative plaques to Captain S. Poryadin of the M.V. Seatrade Red, who thanked GT USA for the warm welcome and opportunity to do business at Port Canaveral.
“Seatrade has been a true partner in the launch of GT USA and the Canaveral Cargo Terminal,” said Cruise. “The BlueStream service, operated by StreamLines, N.V., part of the Seatrade Group, has shown positive growth in cargo volume since the start of container service in January, connecting Port Canaveral with Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.” “The success thus far of our BlueStream Service is a result of the strong partnership between StreamLines, GT USA, and the Canaveral Port Authority. It seemed fitting to have our U.S. maiden call of our new vessel, the M.V. Seatrade Red, in Port Canaveral at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal,” said Howard Posner, general manager of North American General Agents, Seatrade Group’s US Agent.
GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal is the only dedicated container terminal at Port Canaveral. The terminal is able to turn around cargo between Port Canaveral and the Orlando area within one hour, the fastest transit time when compared to other container terminals in the state. The terminal was developed on 20 acres with two berths and two gantry cranes to serve large vessels, has operations with a twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) cargo capacity of 200,000 TEUs.