October 10 - Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group and Seaboard Marine have entered a new vessel sharing agreement (VSA) to service customers in the Dominican Republic trade lane, while also changing their current VSA to Panama and Costa Ric

The new VSA, which commences mid-November, will provide customers of both companies with a weekly service on a larger ship moving directly between Port Everglades and Rio Haina, Dominican Republic.

Concurrently, the existing VSA between Seaboard and Crowley to Panama and Costa Rica will now call only at PortMiami starting in mid-November. Both Seaboard and Crowley vessels will arrive weekly at PortMiami on Tuesday evening and sail southbound on Fridays.

By sharing vessel space, Crowley and Seaboard can continue to provide a high level of service through more efficient operations, while at the same time reducing carbon emissions in these trade lanes, said the two companies.

Under the new Dominican Republic agreement, a vessel will discharge and load in Port Everglades each week on Wednesday then depart for Rio Haina, for arrival on Saturday before departing northbound on Sunday. While Crowley and Seaboard will equally share vessel space, each carrier will continue to provide its full complement of equipment types and other services utilised by their Dominican Republic customers respectively.

Seaboard will continue to offer a weekly Sunday sailing from PortMiami to Rio Haina while Crowley will still sail weekly on Sunday from Port Everglades to Rio Haina.