March 27, 2009
Columbia Coastal resumes Portland-New York service
Bruce Fenimore, president and CEO of Liberty Corner, N.J., headquartered Columbia Group says that Columbia Coastal Transport will resume its weekly container barge service linking the ports of Portland, Maine and the Port of NY/NJ from March 29, 2009.
"This expansion of the company's Northern Marine Highway Service not only enables steamship lines to offer through bills of lading to and from Portland, but will give northern New England importers and exporters a 'greener' alternative to move multiple containers in either direction," Mr. Fenimore said.
"Our reliable Marine Highway Service has proven its value the past 19 years," hr added. "We offer a cost-effective all-water mode of transportation that helps reduce emissions and congestion on major highways in each region we serve. By offering this service to importers and exporters directly, we can help them achieve their goals to 'go green' while still providing the quality service, logistics support and cargo management the market demands."
"We believe that key importers and exporters in Northern Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and southern Canada will benefit from Columbia Coastal's Marine Highway alternative for freight movement," said Kevin Mack, vice president Business Development at Columbia.
"The resumption of our Portland Shuttle Service presents a great opportunity for shippers to avoid terminal congestion, over-the-road weight restrictions and the shortage of truck power that often impedes cargo flow," Mack added.
The company plans to utilize the Columbia Charleston, a 450 TEU barge that will call in Portland, Maine on Sunday, March 29th and will arrive in the Port of NY/NJ just two days later, on March 31st..
Columbia Coastal Transport operates a fleet of seven container barges in regularly scheduled services linking five ports on the U.S Atlantic seaboard, and serves Freeport and Cuba on demand. The company's modern barges accommodate twenty, forty and forty-five foot containers, including refrigerated units, and range in capacities from 450 to 912-TEUs.
Columbia Coastal has been offering container barge services as a partner to international ship operators since 1990. The Columbia Group of Companies provides full logistics, trucking, container and chassis repair, chassis pools, and warehousing capabilities to complement carrier operations. Complete project cargo and government/military cargo services are also available.