Network Shipping, the maritime transport division of the US fruit group Del Monte Fresh Produce, and Maersk have acquired spaces in the two USWC-Central America/Ecuador route services that were recently organized by Sealand Americas, through an agreement before the Federal Maritime Commission of the United States (FMC).
The agreement states that Network Shipping must purchase spaces for 60 TEUs per week in both directions, including 30 reefer connections for an FEU (which could amount to the 60 weekly TEUs they need to purchase).
These spaces are located in the upper part of the multipurpose cargo ship that Del Monte has on this route each week with three chartered vessels of 13,000 dwt/436 TEU Star - class reefer, with stops in Puerto Hueneme (California, USA ), Puerto Bolívar (Ecuador), Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica), Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala).
It should be noted that Puerto Hueneme has established itself as a fruit distribution platform for the United States.
The two Sealand Americas services involved (organized in November as part of a service restructuring) are:
- On the Mexico-Centram Route: WCCA service with stops at the ports of Long Beach California, (USA ), Lazaro Cardenas (Mexico), Acajutla (El Salvador), Corinto (Nicaragua), Balboa (Panama), Corinto, Acajutla, Puerto Quetzal, Lázaro Cárdenas, Puerto Hueneme, and Long Beach.
The itinerary takes five weeks and is carried out by five 2,500 TEU high-capacity refrigerated vessels.
The first departure took place on November 27, when the CAP. Patton, a ship with a capacity of 1841 TEU that would later be replaced by a vessel of 2,500 TEU, shipped out of the port of Balboa.
- USWC-Mexico/Central America/Ecuador Route: WCCA 2 Service, includes stops at the ports of Oakland, Los Angeles (both in California, US ) Lazaro Cardenas, Puerto Quetzal, Balboa, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Puerto Bolivar, Balboa, Puerto Caldera, Puerto Quetzal, and Puerto Hueneme.
This service takes five weeks and is carried out by five 2,500 TEU high-capacity refrigerated container ships. The first departure took place on November 28, when the Sealand Los Angeles, a 2,546 TEU vessel, shipped out from the port of Balboa.
In 2020 and 2021 Del Monte will receive six 1,268-TEU refrigerated container ships, which will be equipped with 634 reefer connections.