Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company that moved its U.S. port of call for its vessels to Portland from Norfolk, Va., is increasing the number of calls it makes to Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 13 to 31 calls per year.
In a joint press release with the Port of Halifax, Eimskip noted the expanded service began on Feb. 19 with the addition of the vessel MV Selfoss to its “Green Line” route, which includes service by two other Eimskip vessels, MV Reykjfoss and MV Skogafoss. Originating in Reykjavik, Iceland, the vessel will travel to Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador before stopping in Halifax as its final port before heading to Portland.
“As a result of this service enhancement, the number of Eimskip calls in Halifax will increase from 13 to 31 calls per year, giving our customers additional options for cargo destined and originating in Europe,” said Jeff Simms, managing director of Eimskip Canada Inc. “This is good news for our intra-North American customers as well and will provide one more channel for Nova Scotia exporters to move goods into the New England states, acting as a feeder service for the 14 other carriers calling Halifax.”
To support the expanded service, Eimskip is planning to open a local office in Halifax. The service also will have direct connection with European destinations — including Iceland, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.