Port Everglades recently celebrated the first vessel call of the Grand Alliance’s Gulf Atlantic Express (GAX) service.
The Hapag-Lloyd container ship Philadelphia Express arrived on Aug. 24. Capt. D.A. Sulin and crew were greeted by officials from Port Everglades, Hapag-Lloyd and Florida International Terminal.
"Hapag-Lloyd and FIT have operated a successful Mediterranean Gulf Express service at Port Everglades since 2007, and we are happy to see the relationship continue to prosper," said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades’ chief executive and port director.
The GAX service is jointly operated by Hapag-Lloyd and its partners NYK Line and Orient Overseas Container Line. The carriers employ a fleet of five 3,237-TEU vessels calling at Port Everglades, Houston, Savannah, Charleston, Portsmouth/Norfolk, Antwerp, Thamesport and Bremerhaven.
"We are delighted to have the GAX service at FIT. We will do our very best to continue delivering quality service to Hapag-Lloyd, their partners NYK and OOCL and their customers," said Jose Alberto Diaz, vice president and general manager of FIT.