A new water connection offering containerized cargo shipping between the Port of Mobile and ports in Honduras and Guatemala began service this week.
Sealand, a Maersk company, introduced its Bonita Express, providing direct water connection between the Port of Mobile and Puerto Cortes in Honduras and Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala.
The Central Americas ports also have overland access to sites in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
“The inaugural vessel Asian Moon called the Port Authority’s container terminal today discharging and loading a balance of imports and export containers,” the Alabama State Port Authority reported Wednesday. The authority also noted that The Inter-American Development Bank reported that Honduras and Guatemala trade with the United States grew by 49.9% in 2020 and 20.5% in 2021.
John C. Driscoll, director and chief executive for the Port Authority, praised the new service as “providing an efficient and competitive ocean carriage option into Central America growth markets.” Containerized cargo movements through the Port of Mobile’s uncongested and fluid gateway consistently posts year over year double digit growth.