Costa Rica has welcomed two new shipping services at the Moín Container Terminal (TCM) in May.
The maiden call of the Venezuela Line (VEL) service, operated by the ZIM shipping line, called the TCM on 17 May, and the South Atlantic Express (SAE) service, operated by shipping line, Sealand, on 1 May.
In its northern rotation, the SAE service will have the following rotation:
Manzanillo (Panama) – Puerto Moin (Costa Rica) – Puerto Cortes (Honduras) – Puerto Barrios (Guatemala) – Port Everglades (Florida) – Wilmington (North Carolina) – Norfolk (Virginia) – Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).
For its north to south rotation, it will cover the ports of:
Norfolk – Philadelphia – Wilmington – Savannah (Georgia) – Port Everglades – Santo Tomas De Castilla (Guatemala) – Puerto Cortes – Manzanillo – Puerto Moín.
The VEL Service will call:
Kingston (Jamaica) – La Guaira (Venezuela) – Puerto Cabello (Venezuela) – Moín (Costa Rica) – Kingston (Jamaica).
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The new SAE service will provide Costa Rican exporters with a faster connection from Costa Rica to Honduras and Guatemala, according to APM Terminals.
In addition, it also offers a direct call to port Everglades with just six days transit time.
Earlier in the year, APM Terminals Callao, operator of the largest multipurpose terminal in Peru, was given a further boost with a new electric Panamax ship-to-shore crane and two Electrified Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (ERTGs).
More recently, the TCM reduced its vessel idle times in April 2023 to an average of 67 minutes, with a record 44 minutes, from an average of 93 minutes in the same period the year prior.