Companies partner on breakbulk/project cargo service linking the West Coast of South America and the US Gulf Coast.
BBC Chartering and Seaboard Marine have announced they are to cooperate on the “Andino Service" for shippers moving cargo between the US Gulf Coast, Jamaica, and ports in Ecuador, Peru and Chile.
BBC had launched its “Andino Express Line” to serve this market in 2005, with service from the US Gulf to Ecuador, Peru and Chile every 14 days. Partnering with BBC Chartering, the new Andino service will be an improved product. “Beginning as early as November 2018, Seaboard Marine and BBC will operate a string of at least five (5) vessels dedicated to serving these trade lanes. This cooperative space sharing arrangement improves the value proposition of both parties as it offers shippers higher frequency, increased capacity, and hence a better service through more choice and flexibility,” the companies announced.
“Seaboard Marine is excited to enter into this strategic cooperation with BBC. The new arrangements will help ensure a high level of service for shippers on all routes between the west coast of South America and the U.S. Gulf Coast,” said Edward Gonzalez, President, and CEO of Seaboard Marine Ltd.
“BBC Chartering and Seaboard Marine follow a joint objective of improving customer service and vessel frequency on this trade. BBC is excited about this new arrangement, as we are providing a valuable basis for the sustainable development of this trade lane”, said Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering.