Lykes launches second Gulf-Brazil service

Lykes launches second Gulf-Brazil service

Lykes Lines has added a second link between the U.S. Gulf, the Caribbean and the east coast of South America.

The U.S. Gulf-Brazil service is scheduled to launch at the end of June.

"We believe it will be particularly attractive to Brazilian exporters, especially as we will include a call at the northern port of Vila do Conde, in the province of Para, on the northbound leg," said ," Tony Bruno, senior vice president at Lykes.

Port rotation is: Houston; New Orleans; Caucedo, Dominican Republic; Puerto Cabello, Venezuela; Imbituba, Santos, Vitoria, Salvador and Vila do Conde, Brazil; Puerto Cabello, Venezuela; Cartegena, Colombia, and Houston.

The service, which will operate every two weeks, deploys the Libra Rio Grange, the Lykes Osprey and the TMM Chappas..

"This services will allow us to offer some of the fastest transits on the trade between Houston/New Orleans and the Dominican Republic/Venezuela southbound, and between northern Brazil and the U.S. Gulf northbound," said Bruno.

Lykes Lines recently launched a third weekly trans-Pacific service, the Asia North America Sprint, and a direct service from North Europe to the Caribbean. It has also upgraded its services between the U.S. West Coast and South America and between Central America and California.

The Gulf-Brazil service, whose ships carry about 1,700 TEUs apiece, is scheduled to launch northbound from Imbituba on June 27 and southbound from Houston on June 30.