August 11, 2017 3:45 PM, EDT

New Containership Service to Be ‘Fruitful’ for Central America, Port Everglades

Port Everglades shipping containersA new vessel-sharing agreement is expected to benefit Port Everglades. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg News)

Cargo chartering company King Ocean Services Ltd. has entered into a vessel-sharing agreement with Crowley Caribbean Services to offer less-than-containerload service between Port Everglades, Fla., and Central America.

Nonstop service will begin in the coming months to Costa Rica and Panama without a layover at the Port of Miami.

Port Everglades officials said that about 37% of all international cargo arriving into its terminal is from Central America, including imported, refrigerated cargo such as pineapples and melons.

“We are pleased that Crowley and King Ocean found a mutually beneficial way to provide expanded services to their customers,” said Jim Pyburn, Port Everglades business development director.

The deal will also allow the King Ocean and Crowley Caribbean to charter space on the other’s vessels from various East Coast ports to destinations such as Trinidad, St. Lucia and Barbados.

Port Everglades ranks No. 13 among containerports in the United States based on 2016 publicly disclosed annual volumes.