New service to boost cargo through Seagirt terminal Swiss, Chilean shipping lines are forming joint service.


A new joint service to South America will boost cargo through NTC the new Seagirt Marine Terminal by 6,000 containers a year, the Maryland Port Administration announced.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. of Geneva, Switzerland, and Empremar S.A., the national shipping line of Chile will begin the joint service on Oct. 7 with the departure of the MV Presidente Aguirre Cerda from New York. The joint service will provide service to ports on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts and ports in Peru and Chile.

The joint operation is expected to handle about 6,000 containers annually through Seagirt, according to Maryland Port Administration press release.

Mediterranean, which has been calling at the Seagirt terminal since it opened in September 1990, already has a weekly service to North Europe, which handled about 15,000 containers in 1990, according to Capt. Lorenzo di Casagrande, the vice president of Containership Agency Inc., the agency that represents both lines.

Empremar had been calling the Dundalk Marine Terminal on an irregular basis and had been at the terminal eight or nine times in the last year, according to Pat Frank, mid-Atlantic sales manager for Containership Agency. The total number of containers handled by both Mediterranean and Empremar last year was about 15,500, Frank said.

The new service will begin calling Seagirt every three weeks, but the frequency is expected to increase to every two weeks, according to the Maryland Port Administration.

"This is a new enterprise and we hope to do better than that," di Casagrande said. "We would like to have the port of Baltimore as our hub port," he said.

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