New Brunswick’s Kent Line is terminating its agreement with Seaboard Marine, in which the latter slot chartered capacity on Kent’s three-vessel, weekly service linking Canadian and US East Coast ports (including Miami) with a range of Caribbean destinations.
The last Miami sailing under this arrangement will be on the 31st of March.
Graham Fraser, Kent Line’s Vice President and General Manager, says Kent Line remains committed to the trade and is looking to offer its own services from Florida. The Line will be rolling out details of this service in the coming weeks.
In the first of a number of such announcements Kent Line has already strengthened its team in Florida, Fraser says, with the addition of Caribbean shipping industry veteran and ex-West Indies international cricketer Lance Gibbs, who will be based in Miami. Guyana-born Gibbs has been based in the region and been active in the market for the last seventeen years.
“Kent Line has invested heavily over the last two years in owned new tonnage, container equipment and IT systems, which provide a stable platform for further expansion,” Fraser said.
This investment has in part led to Kent Line being recognised by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) as their ‘Carrier of Choice to the Caribbean’ for both of the last two years.