Container Service to Connect Port Canaveral

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Blue Stream’s maiden call at GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal is expected on January 31 Courtesy Port Canaveral

GT USA, the US arm of UAE-based global ports and logistics company Gulftainer, announced the new ‘Blue Stream Service’, a weekly container cargo service connecting Port Canaveral to Europe, the French West Indies, and Central America.

Blue Stream Service, operated by StreamLines, part of the SeaTrade Group, will provide refrigerated and dry container service to and from GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal, with a focus on fresh produce and perishable cargo. The Blue Stream Service will feature five ships with 1,300 TEU capacity and 250 reefer plugs on a weekly rotation.

The new line will serve Central America to Port Canaveral in just three days and will offer the fastest transit time between Florida and Europe, just 11 days.

“We are excited about the opportunity to provide our signature world-class service to StreamLines and to be its U.S. port of call. The new Blue Stream Service can showcase Port Canaveral as an ideal gateway, opening markets in Central America to Central Florida, and providing our local exporters the most efficient route to Europe,” said Peter Richards, CEO of GT USA and Managing Director of Gulftainer. “This will undoubtedly lead to even more growth in coming months for Canaveral Cargo Terminal, building Port Canaveral’s reputation as a key cargo destination along the Southeastern Seaboard.”

Blue Stream’s maiden call at GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal is expected on January 31 with the arrival of the M/V NORDEROOG. The service will commence in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with calls in Tilbury, United Kingdom, and Radicatel, France; on its way to the French West Indies ports of Fort de France, Martinique, Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, Phillipsburg, St, Maarten, then on to Moín, Costa Rica; Puerto Cortés, Honduras; and Santo Tomas, Guatemala; before transit to Port Canaveral.

Canaveral Port Authority has embarked on a strategic plan to be a premier cargo port for the Eastern Seaboard, increasing capacity, building new facilities, and improving the channel to establish the deepest, most accessible East Coast port serving Central Florida.

GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal, the only dedicated container terminal at Port Canaveral, opened for business in June 2015, a year after the signing of a historic 35-year agreement between Canaveral Port Authority and Gulftainer, a privately owned, independent port management and logistics company.

Canaveral Cargo Terminal, developed on 20 acres with two berths and two gantry cranes to serve large vessels, begins operations with a twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) cargo capacity of 200,000 TEUs. The terminal is able to turn around cargo imported into Port Canaveral to the Orlando area within two hours, the fastest transit time when compared to other container terminals in the state.

Pablo Gonzalez, General Manager, StreamLines N.V., said, “At StreamLines, we are extremely proud of this new venture, which is very much in line with the strategic view of the company and of the whole of Seatrade Group. The company is going through an intensive investment program, which includes the building of several container ships, and for this reason, the new Blue Stream Service becomes a stepping stone into the future of the company. It is in that spirit that we have decided to include a call to Port Canaveral, which we see as an important point for refrigerated cargo between Central America, Florida and Europe. Through our U.S. Agent, North American General Agents, we are committed to first class customer service, by providing ‘Fast, Dedicated, Direct’ service.”

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