The addition of a port call in Tampa provides new options for customers located in west and central Florida, while continuing to provide fast and reliable fixed-day vessel service between Houston and San Juan. The Tampa call is expected to begin contributing to the companyâ€™s earnings within the first few months of service.
â€œWe are excited to add this new dimension to our market-leading services for both the US Gulf and Florida customer base,â€ said Chuck Raymond, Chairman, President and CEO of Horizon Lines, Inc. â€œWe continue to find innovative and cost-effective ways to add value for our customers. We teamed with Tampa Port Authority, Ports America, the terminal services provider, and the International Longshoremenâ€™s Association leadership to create an excellent new opportunity for Puerto Rico shippers in central Florida.â€
Richard Wainio, Tampa Port Director and Chief Executive said of the new service, â€œWe look forward to welcoming Horizon Lines to Tampa, adding to our container growth momentum and enhancing service to our portâ€™s expanding business community.â€
â€œHorizon Linesâ€™ reputation for quality service in the Puerto Rico trade is unsurpassedâ€ noted Stephen Edwards, President and Chief Executive of Ports America. â€œWe are delighted to have the opportunity to work with them in Tampa, where we are projecting significant growth over the next few years.â€
The expanded biweekly Gulf Express port rotation will be Houston, Tampa, San Juan. The Gulf Express complements the carrierâ€™s direct U.S. east coast Puerto Rico services offered from Jacksonville (twice weekly) and Elizabeth, NJ (once weekly).