More freight ships to call on Maine’s only container port

Icelandic shipping company Eimskip is adding a second weekly stop in Portland, as container vessel traffic to and from Maine continues to increase.

Maine’s only freight seaport soon will be getting busier with the Icelandic shipping company Eimskip adding a fourth vessel to its rotation of container ships that dock in Portland.

The 426-foot-long freighter Selfoss will begin tying up at the city’s International Marine Terminal next week, increasing Eimskip’s cargo capacity to and from Maine by 25%, the company said.

Eimskip currently sails three ships on a transatlantic route, stopping once a week in Portland, where the company has its North American headquarters. The container service began in 2013 with trips every other week, and in 2017 Eimskip increased the number of trips each year to 52. There are stops along the way in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

The newest service expansion comes amid a banner year for the Maine Port Authority and Eimskip, while larger U.S. ports have battled supply chain disruptions, congestion and delays.