Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International’s shipping should not be affected by the recent bankruptcy filing by Eastwind Maritime Inc., New York, and some of its affiliates.

According to a release from Chiquita, delivery of its bananas and other fresh fruits should continue uninterrupted as the company still holds long-term charters on 12 ships it sold in 2007, including four to Eastwind.

“We are taking appropriate steps to protect Chiquita’s interests under these long-term charters,” Waheed Zaman, senior vice president, product supply organization for Chiquita, said in the release.

“While Chiquita’s shipping operations represent only a comparatively small part of Eastwind’s business, we have been monitoring developments closely and are working with the other parties involved in the chartering relationships to help assure ongoing and timely service to our customers.”