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Costa Container Line calls at Kgn Port
published: Tuesday | January 21, 2003

One of CCL's vessel.

ITALIAN-BASED Costa Container Line recently appointed Jamaica Freight and Shipping as its local agents and will make its move to the Port of Kingston with the arrival of the vessel Cala Ponente on January 24, 2003.

Costa Container Line (CCL) has been plying the trade route from the Mediterranean to South America for the last 50 years and has evolved and expanded its network of destinations and services, now including Jamaica on its schedule.

The Line will be offering a weekly service to Kingston - Canada/ Cuba/ Mexico Service (CCM Services) from/to Leghorn, Vado Ligure (Genoa), Barcelona, Valencia, Halifax, La Habana and the Inter-American Service (ITA Service) sailing every ten (10) days from: Santos, Sao Francisco Do Sul, Paranagua, Rio De Janeiro, Suape, Fortaleza, La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Puerto Limon, Kingston, Vera Cruz, Altamira, La Habana, Santo Thoma de Castella, Colon and also Buenos Aires and Montevideo (transshipped via Santos).

"We welcome this new Line, which will provide new opportunities for Jamaican importers and exporters," comments Jamaica Freight's Chairman, Charles Johnston. "It will bring new transshipment business to the transshipment terminal, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Costa Container Line."

CCL is a "Societa per Azioni" controlled by the Italian company, GF Group, an active market leader in output and marketing of agricultural products worldwide. The group owns eight vessels, all built in Italy, and charters in some 10 units on a long-term basis. The vessels are modern with speed between 18 and 22 knots. Additionally, the Group controls the largest Reefer Terminal in the Mediterranean as well as the Vado Container Terminal, which is the container hub for CCL, boasting three berths 700 meters long, draft of 12.5 metres, two gantry cranes, two stacking cranes, 80 units handling equipment and railway connections to the quay.

CCL operates, from its Genoa headquarters, a container fleet of about 28,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) dry and about 3.500 TEUs reefer and has its own offices in Barcelona, Valencia, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Caracas, San Jose de Costa Rica, Santos, Panama and Mexico City.

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