The Jones Act carrier National Shipping of America (NSA), which operates a fortnightly service between Houston, Port Everglades, and Puerto Rico, is partnering with Rickmers-Linie (America) to provide more global connections and expand breakbulk service to Puerto Rico.
Rickmers will also serve as general sales agent for National Shipping in North America.
NSA's Isla Verde Express service connects the U.S. mainland with Puerto Rico using National Glory
, a 570-TEU, 13,800-DWT ship that is capable of carrying containers and breakbulk/project cargoes both above and under deck.
Rickmers-Linie (America) is based in Houston, and its 10-vessel, round-the-world Pearl String Service, connecting 16 ports in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, calls fortnightly at Houston, where Puerto Rico-destined cargo will relay directly to National Shipping's vessel.
"Puerto Rico is one of the most densely populated islands in the world, and is greatly dependent on ocean services to provide everything from foodstuffs to project cargo to oversize materials and equipment,” said Torey Presti, president of National Shipping of America. “Access to a global vessel network with breakbulk capabilities is especially beneficial to support the unique needs of an island trade.”
“We are pleased to offer Puerto Rico as an additional destination to our customers,” said Robert Sappio, president and chief executive officer of Rickmers-Linie (America). “By connecting our Pearl String Service with NSA’s Isla Verde Express, we greatly expand options for Puerto Rico shippers to source goods from virtually anywhere in the world.”