The Flintercarrier, which has a capacity of 514 teu, is one of two vessels on a fortnightly service to/from the Caribbean, and is the first StreamLines vessel to call at a UK port. StreamLines was acquired in September 2008 by Belgian reefer giant Seatrade, which bought the company following the collapse of Europe West Indies Lines in July 2008.
Chris Lewis, CEO for Hutchison Ports, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, commented: “The Port of Felixstowe has provided important connections for trade with the Caribbean region for many years, and we are delighted to welcome Streamlines as the newest operator on this route. The fortnightly container service provides UK importers and exporters with greater choice, and the potential to connect with a myriad of other services at the UK’s biggest container port.”
As well as calls at Felixstowe, the new service also calls at Rio Haina, Bridgetown, Port of Spain, La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Cartagena, Puerto Limon/Moin, Puerto Cortes and Santo Tomas.