MIAMI, May 15, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GB Group, a diversified group of industrial and trading companies, today announced that Evergreen Marine and King Ocean Services will be adding Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti, as a port of call.
Evergreen Marine Corporation, headquartered in Taiwan, is the fourth largest container fleet in the world and serves as a global containerized-freight shipping company with over 150 container ships and calls on 240 ports worldwide in about 80 countries. Evergreen Line, which has more than 190 ships by capacity of approximately 850,000 TEU’s, launched weekly service to Haiti in July 2014 using Port Lafito’s dry terminal. It will add Port Lafito as a port of call in the second quarter of 2015.
“Evergreen ships stop at ports all over the globe and the Caribbean which is a key for the service of the Haiti market. We are proud that Evergreen is adding Port Lafito to that list,” said Jean Bernard Dupoux, president of SAMAR, S.A., and General Agent Evergreen Marine in Haiti. “Port Lafito will have leading edge port terminal technology to improve efficiencies and we are confident that this partnership will help strengthen and fortify the country’s economy.”
King Ocean Services offers ocean cargo transportation throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, with regularly scheduled weekly sailings to and from ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. With a 30-year history in the business, King Ocean specializes in all types of containerized and general cargo, including raw materials, apparel, refrigerated perishables, vehicles, building materials, agriculture and more. Port Lafito will welcome King Ocean’s first ship in the second quarter of this year as the start of weekly service.
Port Lafito will be Haiti’s first Panamax Port and will bring the country to the forefront of modern logistics with state of the art equipment and technology. The multi-million dollar investment is a private, public and international partnership between Haitian and foreign private sectors and includes investments from the Haitian State Bank, Capital Bank, FDI the International Finance Corporation, FMO-the Dutch Development Bank and Nationale D’assurance S.A (NASSA). Operations at the Port are scheduled to begin May 2015.
“Evergreen’s nearly 50 year history in freight shipping and King Ocean’s strong reputation and efficient productivity will undoubtedly serve as great assets for us. We are pleased to welcome their services to Haiti and Port Lafito,” said Reuven Bigio, CEO of GB Group. “We are proud they have added Haiti as a port of call and believe in the future of the island and in positioning Haiti as a leader in modern, global logistics.”