Sea Star Announces Earlier Start Date for Barge Service
Last week Sea Star Line announced a new weekly barge service from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico intended to commence on Thursday, January 29th. However, based on market demand, Sea Star has now restructured assets and plans to move the start of the new service to this Thursday, January 22.
Sea Star is in the process of on-hiring 2300 pieces of new equipment over the next 30 days that will not only support the new barge service but ensure there is adequate equipment to support customers utilizing their twice weekly ship service from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. The equipment being on-hired includes:
- 800 - 40’ Dry
- 500 - 45’ Dry
- 350 - 40’ft Reefers
- 100 - 45’ft Reefers
- 185 - Gen-sets (50% being sent to Puerto Rico)
- 400 - Chassis (all being sent to Puerto Rico)
In addition, Sea Star will have a 21 percent increase in refrigerated container capacity with 45 weekly slots on the barge and, through modifications to the current vessels, an additional 38 weekly slots for total refrigerated capacity of 467 slots per week. Sea Star has also expanded their network of truckers in the United States by 100 new drivers since the beginning of 2015.
Sea Star Line remains committed to Puerto Rico and the safe and timely transport of goods for the people of the island.