Independent Container Line, Ltd. said it will begin weekly service between the Port of Wilmington, N.C. and North Europe and the United Kingdom in March.
The carrier will begin calling at Wilmington on March 26 and each Thursday from then on.
When ICL begins calling Wilmington it will discontinue calls at Richmond, Va. The last call at Richmond will be on March 25.
The new port rotation will be Wilmington, Chester/Philadelphia, Antwerp, Liverpool, Chester/Philadelphia and back to Wilmington.
The four ICL vessels in the service each have capacity of 1,450 TEUs and are 550 feet long.
Company officials at ICL, which is headquartered in Richmond, said that by calling Wilmington, they can improve overall service levels by taking advantage of the improved facilities at Wilmington’s container terminal, while also allowing the company to expand its reach into the rapidly growing southeastern U.S. market.
The main sectors that will use ICL’s service will be the automotive and construction equipment industry, as well as the high-tech textiles, chemical and forest products trades.