Maersk Line has announced a new weekly intra-America service, which is the result of a slot charter agreement with Hapag-Lloyd.
The MesoAmerica Express service connects the U.S., including Puerto Rico, with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. The port rotation will be as follows: Houston; Altamira and Veracruz, Mexico; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Puerto Cortes, Honduras; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Manzanillo, Panama; Cartagena and Caucedo, Colombia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cartagena; Manzanillo; Puerto Limon; Santo Tomas; Puerto Cortes; and Houston.
The first westbound sailing with the new MAE rotation will be the Wellington Express, voyage 1350, departing from San Juan on Jan. 6, 2014, according to Hapag-Lloyd.
Maersk Line posted a higher profit in the third quarter of 2013, as steep cost cuts and double-digit growth in container volume offset weaker freight rates.