International Port Corp.’s ocean freight service between Miami and Havana has been canceled less than a year after its launch, according to The Associated Press, NBC Latino reports.
The service was launched in July 2012. It was the first direct maritime shipment of humanitarian goods between Miami and Havana since the U.S. economic embargo began against Fidel Castro’s communist government five decades ago.
Larry Nussbaum, president of the International Port Corp., chartered the Ana Cecilia, a medium-sized cargo ship owned by Miami Epic Shipping, to transport the goods between the U.S. and Cuba. He also set up a contract with CubaPACK, Cuba’s government-owned delivery service, to deliver packages in Havana within a week to 10 days and to the rest of the island within 15 to 20.
However, the ship had mechanical problems, International Port Corp. was sued for allegedly not paying its bills, and CubaPACK’s service took longer than expected.