Port Canaveral Gets New Container Service

GT USA, the US arm of UAE-based global ports and logistics company Gulftainer, is welcoming a new ‘Blue Stream Service’, a weekly container cargo service connecting Port Canaveral to Europe, the French West Indies, and Central America.

Blue Stream Service, operated by StreamLines, part of the SeaTrade Group, will provide refrigerated and dry container service to and from GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal, with a focus on fresh produce and perishable cargo.

The Blue Stream Service will feature five ships with 1,300 TEU capacity and 250 reefer plugs on a weekly rotation.

The new line will serve Central America to Port Canaveral in three days with 11 days of transit time between Florida and Europe.

” The new Blue Stream Service can showcase Port Canaveral as an ideal gateway, opening markets in Central America to Central Florida, and providing our local exporters the most efficient route to Europe,” said Peter Richards, CEO of GT USA and Managing Director of Gulftainer.

“This will undoubtedly lead to even more growth in coming months for Canaveral Cargo Terminal, building Port Canaveral’s reputation as a key cargo destination along the Southeastern Seaboard.”

Blue Stream’s maiden call at GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal is expected on January 31 with the arrival of the M/V Norderoog.

The service will commence in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with calls in Tilbury, United Kingdom, and Radicatel, France; on its way to the French West Indies ports of Fort de France, Martinique, Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, Phillipsburg, St, Maarten, then on to Moín, Costa Rica; Puerto Cortés, Honduras; and Santo Tomas, Guatemala; before transit to Port Canaveral.

“The company is going through an intensive investment program, which includes the building of several container ships, and for this reason, the new Blue Stream Service becomes a stepping stone into the future of the company. It is in that spirit that we have decided to include a call to Port Canaveral, which we see as an important point for refrigerated cargo between Central America, Florida and Europe,” said Pablo Gonzalez, General Manager, StreamLines N.V.

GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal, opened for business in June 2015, a year after the signing of a 35-year agreement between Canaveral Port Authority and Gulftainer.