World Direct Shipping buys its biggest ship

World Direct Shipping, a niche carrier focusing on the US – Mexico tradelane, has bought its largest ship to date, the 1,856 teu Viona from Peter Dohle Schiffahrt.

Alphaliner reports the ship has been renamed Queen B III and is a significant size upgrade from WDS’s two existing ships – the 672 teu Queen B and the 706 teu Queen B II.

WDS was founded in 2014 by the Atlanta-based Blazer family, operating weekly perishable-focused services from Florida to Mexico. It also has a 972 teu ship on charter.

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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