The members of the APL, Crowley American Transport, Evergreen and Lykes Lines Vessel Sharing Agreement have filed a proposal with the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to extend their existing services between the East Coasts of North and South America, including Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela.
The proposal calls for the replacement of existing tonnage and revised schedules. The changes will include a broadening of port coverage and a doubling of the sailing frequency between some ports by the member lines, made possible through collaboration with an additional vessel-sharing alliance. The proposed changes will not alter the agreement’s existing cargo capacity.
Planned port rotation for the proposed service is:
(String 1) Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Jacksonville, Miami, Suape, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Suape (alt Fortaleza) and Philadelphia;
(String 2) Norfolk, New York, Charleston, Jacksonville, Freeport, Miami, Puerto Cabello, Santos, Paranagua, Sao Francisco do Sul, Santos, Salvador, Puerto Cabello, Freeport.
The revised service would commence on or about September 26, 2001.
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