Icelandic carrier Eimskip has announced a short sea feeder shipping service between the port of Halifax and Portland, Maine. This new service commenced on November 30, with the arrival of Eimskip Selfoss at Halterm’s Terminal at the port of Halifax. To deliver a weekly service, Eimskip is deploying a third vessel to its Green Line rotation.

Eimskip Green Line Service departs weekly from European ports and calls at Canadian ports and Portland, ME., providing FCL and LCL service, including dry and reefer containers and flat racks, project cargo, break bulk and oversized cargo and IMO cargo,

with excellent network connections with Southern Europe, Russia and the Baltics.

“This new weekly offering will better serve our existing customer base and will create an avenue for future growth,” said Jeff Simms, Managing Director, Eimskip Canada. “We are seeing increased volumes through operations at Portland, Maine, as well as Halifax and Newfoundland. The combined increase is making the change to weekly calls a reality.”

Kim Holtermand, CEO and Managing Director at Halterm International Container Terminal notes “We are delighted to be working with Eimskip, a long-term customer, on the development of its intra-regional and trans-Atlantic services.” “Earlier this year Halterm welcomed the first 10,000TEU capacity container vessels to arrive in Halifax and the terminal is capable to handle the largest 14,000TEU ships now regularly calling North America’s east coast – these vessels need a strong feeder and intermodal network and Halterm is proud to partner Eimskip in making one such opportunity available to and from the New England states,” adds Holtermand.

In addition, in cooperation with Eimskip, CMA CGM will offer direct and seamless service to Asia and other global markets from Portland on its Columbus JAX service, with all transits moving on a CMA CGM bill of lading.

“We value all of the ocean carriers calling on Halifax. Eimskip has carved out a strong business in the refrigerated cargo sector, specifically focusing on the frozen seafood market between North Europe, Atlantic Canada, and the New England states,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “The addition of a third vessel to Eimskip’s Green Line will certainly be welcome news for Eimskip’s existing customers and will create new global supply chain opportunities.”

Eimskip, based in Reykjavik, Iceland, is a transportation company offering a variety of services. Founded in 1914, Eimskip’s shipping line connects North America with ports in Europe, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. It has a network of 61 offices in 20 countries, operates 21 vessels and has approximately 1,700 employees.