The first vessel, the Höegh Bangkok, is scheduled to arrive at the Union Pier Terminal on January 29 to load export BMWs made at the manufacturerâ€™s South Carolina plant. â€œHöegh is a highly respected name in the international shipping industry,â€ said Jim Newsome, president & CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA). â€œThe entire maritime community is pleased to welcome Höegh back to the Port of Charleston.â€
Importantly, this is new business for the Port of Charleston. The service is expected to load more than 5,000 vehicles annually that Höegh previously moved across a competing South Atlantic port.
â€œThis is good news for waterfront workers and businesses,â€ said Newsome, â€œand it means more cost effective service for our customers.â€
Höeghâ€™s Middle East service offers extensive port coverage, reaching from Mediterranean ports, into the Red Sea and to the Persian Gulf and India. Transshipment onto other Höegh vessels affords access into other ports in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Höegh operates approximately 70 vessels across the globe, managed from a worldwide network of 31 offices in four regions. Its customers include global manufacturers of new cars, heavy machinery and rolling goods. Each year, Höegh Autoliners carries approximately two million car equivalent units (CEUs) and makes about 3,000 port calls.
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