Sea Star Line ordered 100 new 53-foot cargo containers for use at its Jacksonville and Philadelphia ports.
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based Jones Act carrier said the containers will be available for use in the third quarter of 2011 in time for the pre-holiday shipping season. The new equipment will be used in Sea Star's Caribbean and Puerto Rico services.
The investment increases Sea Star Line's existing 53-foot container fleet by 25 percent, making it the youngest 53-foot fleet serving the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.
Sea Star said many of its customers prefer 53-foot containers because they can accommodate a variety of goods for customers located in the Caribbean, but there have not been enough of the containers available.
The containers can be rolled on and off Sea Star's ships or be stacked.
The new containers will have flooring made of reinforced, urethane-coated, apitong hardwood, which Sea Star said is the strongest flooring in the maritime business, and side panels constructed of Corten steel. The doors will be equipped with anti-theft locking hardware for increased security.
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