Seaboard and BBC Chartering seek joint Americas coverage

American carrier Seaboard Marine and German heavylift giant BBC Chartering are looking to pool their respective multipurpose services connecting the US Gulf with the west coast of South America, according to a filing placed by the carriers with the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

This joint service will be operated in the form of a vessel sharing agreement (VSA), between the US Gulf Coast and Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Gulf Coast of Mexico, Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

Alphaliner reports the loop is expected to be operated with five container-friendly multipurpose vessels of 17,000 t0 25,000 dwt, three of which to be contributed by Seaboard and two by BBC.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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