National Shipping of America plans to launch a fortnightly Jones Act domestic service between Houston and San Juan, Puerto Rico, using a U.S.-flag ship with capacity of 575 20-foot-equivalent units.
The U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade now is dominated by Crowley Liner Services, Horizon Lines, Sea Star Line and TrailerBridge. Horizon recently reduced its Houston-San Juan frequency from weekly to fortnightly.
National Shipping of America’s new service is scheduled to begin May 29.
The San Francisco-based company previously operated a service between San Juan and Chester, Pa., and Port Everglades, Fla.
The new Houston-San Juan service will use the gearless container ship National Glory, which is coming off a five-year charter to APL’s U.S.-flag Baltic Sea service.
Built in Poland in 1988, the National Glory was confiscated by the U.S. government in a 2008 drug bust and later sold at auction to U.S. owners, making it eligible for the Jones Act domestic trade.