August 14 - Port Everglades, USA, has announced that King Ocean Services and Crowley Caribbean Services, both long-standing customers have entered into a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) that will expand their reach into Central America.

In addition, King Ocean will sail its own ship from Port Everglades to Costa Rica for the first time as the VSA calls for alternating ships weekly with Crowley on this route.

"This new agreement saves our customers time, at least by one full day, because we now have direct service to Port Everglades from Costa Rica and Panama instead of stopping in Miami first," said King Ocean's Franco Da Costa Gomez.

The agreement also authorises Crowley to charter space to King Ocean in the trade from the US East Coast to Trinidad, and authorises King Ocean to charter space to Crowley in the trade from the US East Coast to St. Lucia and Barbados.

Both lines say that their services are able to out-of-gauge cargoes, such as road building or earthmoving machinery, specialised trucks; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units.