(via Trains.com newswire)
PORTLAND, Maine – Icelandic shipping company Eimskip has signed a contract with the Maine Port Authority to offer container service out of the International Marine Terminal in Portland. The company will add Portland, as a port of call at the end of March, replacing Norfolk, Va. Eimskip said the main objective of the change is to shorten transit time between North America and Europe and to offer biweekly port calls.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage met with representatives of Eimskip and Pan Am Railways in January to discuss the new container freight service. Eimskip will partner with Pan Am to offer access to North American markets. “We are very excited to be working so closely with Pan Am Railways through Portland, Maine,” Eimskip CEO Gylfi Sigfusson said. “Pan Am has been very helpful working with us to make this possible, and we believe that our work together is critical for success moving forward.”
Eimskip runs a network of 49 offices in 17 countries and operate 17 vessels. It has been sailing to the United States since 1917.