Crowley Maritime Corp. Inc., is working a vessel sharing agreement with Seaboard Marine Ltd., to better serve customers in the Dominican Republic trade lane.

Crowley, Seaboard ink vessel sharing dealThe agreement between the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Liner Services subsidiary and Seaboard is scheduled to begin in mid-November and should provide both companies’ customers with reliable weekly service on larger ships moving directly between Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Rio Haina, in the Dominican Republic, according to a news release.

Concurrently, the existing arrangement between the Miami-based Seaboard, a part of Shawnee Mission, Kan.-based Seaboard Corp., and Crowley to Panama and Costa Rica now plans to call on only PortMiami beginning the same time, according to the release.

Seaboard and Crowley vessels are scheduled to arrive weekly at the Miami port on Tuesday evening and sail southbound on Fridays, according to the release.

The Dominican Republic agreement calls for vessels to discharge and load at Port Everglades every week on Wednesday and depart for Rio Haina for arrival on Saturday before departing northbound on Sunday.

Through sharing vessel space, the two companies can provide improved service through more efficient operations and provide competitive rates in the Caribbean and Central American markets, Tony Otero, Crowley vice president of Caribbean services, said in the release.

“These two arrangements permit us to gain efficiencies while enhancing schedule integrity to our customers,” Edward Gonzalez, Seaboard Marine’s president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “Transit times to and from Costa Rica, as an example, will be improved. We are also pleased that we can reduce our carbon footprint by making these changes.”

Though Crowley and Seaboard plan to equally share vessel space, both carriers expect to provide their regular complement of equipment types and other services, according to the release.