The ocean carrier Maersk Line has converted its North America-to-Central and South America Expreso service into an exclusive Central America feeder, dropping previous calls in the Gulf Coast of the United States and Mexico as well as the north coast of South America.
Previously, the Expreso linked the United States and Mexico Gulf Coasts directly with Central America and the North Coast of South America, but Maersk has dropped calls in Mobile, Alabama; Progeso, Mexico; and Cartagena and Baranquilla, Colombia. The revised rotation is Houston, New Orleans, Santo Tomas, Puerto Cortes, Manzanillo (Panama), Puerto Limon, Puerto Cortes, Santo Tomas, and Houston.
The carrier has also withdrawn one of the four vessels previously employed on the service and reduced roundtrip voyage time from 28 days to 21 days, meaning the weekly service will henceforth operate with three vessels with an average capacity of 1,713 TEUs.
Although roundtrip voyage time on the Expreso has decreased by a full week, transit times between Houston and New Orleans and Central America remain roughly the same, taking 11 days from Houston to Maersk’s regional transshipment hub in Manzanillo, Panama and eight days on the return.
Maersk operates three other services, and takes slots on two more, that connect the East Coast of North America with ports in Central America. None of these services call at either Houston, New Orleans, or any other U.S. or Mexico Gulf ports. - ComPair Data
, Ben Meyer