JOC Staff | Oct 03, 2013



Nation­al Ship­ping of Amer­i­ca has expand­ed its Isla Verde Express ser­vice with the addi­tion of a south­bound call at Port Ever­glades in Florida.

The expan­sion pro­vides a con­nec­tion between the U.S. main­land and Puer­to Rico with a two-day tran­sit time. Pre­vi­ous­ly, the ser­vice, which was launched ear­li­er this year, offered a direct route between Hous­ton and San Juan, Puer­to Rico, on a fort­night­ly basis. The port rota­tion now is Hous­ton, Port Ever­glades, San Juan and back to Hous­ton. The addi­tion of the Port Ever­glades call does not impact south­bound tran­sit times between Hous­ton and San Juan, accord­ing to the con­tain­er line.

NSA employs the Nation­al Glo­ry, a U.S.-flag con­tain­er ship of 570 20-foot-equiv­a­lent units, includ­ing 96 plugs for refrig­er­at­ed con­tain­ers, on the IVE ser­vice. The ves­sel will arrive at the Seafreight Ter­mi­nal in Port Ever­glades on Oct. 5, and depart the next day, arriv­ing in San Juan on Oct. 9.

“The addi­tion of Port Ever­glades pro­vides U.S. ship­pers with the fastest tran­sit to Puer­to Rico,” said Torey Presti, pres­i­dent of NSA, in a writ­ten state­ment. “For an island econ­o­my, a short­er tran­sit time has huge ben­e­fits, espe­cial­ly for refrig­er­at­ed car­go and oth­er foodstuffs.”

“This is the first U.S.-flag con­ti­nen­tal coastal ser­vice from the Texas Gulf to Port Ever­glades that we have had in many years, and we wel­come the addi­tion­al ser­vice,” added Steven Cer­nak, Port Ever­glades’ chief exec­u­tive and port director.