A new joint venture of two established shipping firms will begin service between South America and the port of Baltimore's Seagirt Marine Terminal Oct. 7, the Maryland Port Administration said yesterday.
Mediterranean Shipping Co. of Geneva, Switzerland, and Empremar S.A., the national steamship line of Chile, will team up in a venture that will call at Seagirt once every three weeks initially, and then every two weeks after the service is established.
The port administration says the venture will handle 6,000 containers of cargo per year.
"It's definitely an increase from what has been done at Seagirt by MSC," J. C. Shay, a port administration spokesman, said yesterday. He said that Mediterranean now handles about 15,500 containers at Seagirt annually. Empremar calls on the Port of Baltimore, but doesn't use Seagirt, he said.
"By selecting our port, Mediterranean Shipping and Empremar have expressed their confidence in Baltimore and in our state-of-the-art facility," state Transportation Secretary O. James Lighthizer said.
The venture will use Mediterranean's existing space at Seagirt, the port administration said. It will operate two ships.
The venture will call on ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as in Chile and Peru.
Mr. Shay said there's no information available on what the ships' cargo is likely to be.