New freight line added to Philadelphia port

SeaLand, an intra-Americas regional ocean carrier of the Maersk Group, will launch a new shipping line next February at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in Philadelphia.

The line was secured by Holt Logistics Corp., which operates the Packer Avenue terminal, and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. It will link Philadelphia to the ports of Veracruz and Altamira in the Gulf of Mexico.

“This new service is the culmination of nearly two years of hard work and negotiations,” said Thomas J. Holt Jr. of Holt Logistics Corp., in a statement. “Packer Avenue offers superior refrigerated cargo service, which will create efficiencies and provide greater scale to Mexico’s expanding perishable goods business. Additionally, this new service will have significant environmental benefits as the vast majority of this cargo currently moves thousands of miles via tractor trailer.”

The SeaLand Atlantico service will begin weekly calls to Packer Avenue starting Feb. 3. It is an alternative transportation option between the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast, which uses ground transportation for 95 percent of its volumes. Perishable goods such as avocados, lemons, tomatoes and commercial cargo are among the products that will be transported on the line.