- THE MAGAZINE
Captain D.A. Sulin and his crew aboard Hapag Lloyd’s Philadelphia Express arrived Saturday, August 24 at Port Everglades, Officials from the port, Hapag Lloyd and Florida International Terminal (FIT) greeted the vessel. The GAX service is jointly operated by Hapag-Lloyd and its partners NYK Line and Orient Overseas Container Line.
"Hapag-Lloyd and FIT have operated a successful Mediterranean Gulf Express (MGX) service at Port Everglades since 2007, and we are happy to see the relationship continue to prosper," said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades CEO and port director.
The service operates a fleet of five 3,237-TEU (20-foot-equivalent unit) vessels that will call Port Everglades every Saturday morning. The GAX route stops at Port Everglades, Houston, Savannah, Charleston, Portsmouth/Norfolk to Antwerp, Belgium; Thamesport, UK; and Bremerhaven, Germany.
"We are delighted to have the GAX service at FIT. We will do our very best to continue delivering quality service to Hapag Lloyd, their partners NYK and OOCL and their customers," said Jose Alberto Diaz, vice president and general manager of FIT.
At the crossroads of North-South and East-West trade, Port Everglades handles nearly one-million TEUs annually and serves as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) intermodal hub, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port, according to port officials.