Network Shipping Ltd (NWS), the shipping division of the US fruit company Del Monte, is to charter slots to CMA CGM for trade between Central America (Costa Rica and Guatemala) and the US West Coast.
According to Alphaliner, the agreement is expected to involve weekly reefer service from Ecuador to Guatemala and Costa Rica to the US West Coast at the ports of Hueneme, Bolivar, Caldera and Quetzal.
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This service fulfils a three-week itinerary using three 1,276 TEU “SDARI 1300 Gold Reefers” class vessels, Del Monte Valiant, Del Monte Pride and Del Monte Harvester, each of which are able to hold up to 634 refrigerated forty-foot equivalent units (FEU).
Under this agreement, we will see CMA CGM obtaining:
- A fixed allocation of 50 TEUs with an average of 14 tons per TEU (including 25 refrigeration connections for each round-trip vessel)
- An extra allocation of 26 TEUs depending on usage (including 13 reefer containers)
CMA CGM may also use its allocation for transhipment cargoes originating in or destined to countries outside of the agreement. The service is set to kick off with the landfall of the container ship, Del Monte Pride, in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica on Oct. 22.
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