MV National Glory
National Shipping of America said it has maintained a 95 percent reliability record and not missed any calls in the one year since it launched the fortnightly Isla Verde Express service between Houston and Puerto Rico.
The 570-TEU capacity vessel MV National Glory
includes 96 plugs for refrigerated containers. The company claims the vessel is the only one in the Puerto Rico trade specially designed to carry both containers and break bulk/project cargoes, either above or under deck and that it has the youngest fleet of dry containers.
The Isla Verde Express complements the biweekly service of Horizon Lines in Houston, giving shippers weekly service from the port. Company officials say Houston is a better port option for West Coast shippers than transporting goods to an East Coast port and then to Puerto Rico by cargo vessel or ocean barge.
In February, National Shipping partnered with Rickmers-Linie to provide more global connections to Puerto Rico shippers. Rickmers-Linie operates a 10-vessel string that circles the world and stops in 16 ports. It stops every other week in Houston and cargo is transferred to National Shipping for onward movement to Puerto Rico.
Last month, National Shipping appointed Robert Lugo, Jr., to be vice president and general manager for Puerto Rico. He has more than 30 years experience in the transportation sector and Caribbean trade.
The company offers warehousing, cross-docking, transloading and bagging in addition to line haul.
Typical commodities shipped to Puerto Rico include resins, rice, beans, chemicals, beverages and produce. Puerto Rican exports include medical supplies, foodstuffs and beverages.
National Shipping was established in 2007 by C.C. Chen, who founded Asian regional carrier Wan Hai Lines in 1965. President Torey Presti and other company executives spent five years developing the marketing plan and customer leads before going to market.
Puerto Rico is also served from East Coast ports by Crowley Maritime, Sea Star, Horizon and Trailer Bridge.