At the same time, the partners are changing their current VSA to Panama and Costa Rica. Commencing in mid-November, the new arrangement will support customers in the Dominican Republic trade lane. It will offer weekly service on a larger ship moving directly between Port Everglades, Fla. and Rio Haina, Dominican Republic. The existing VSA between Seaboard and Crowley to Panama and Costa Rica will now call only the Port of Miami, beginning in mid-November. Vessels of both lines will arrive weekly at Miami on Tuesday evening and sail southbound on Fridays. Under the new Dominican Republic agreement, a vessel will discharge and load in Port Everglades each week on Wednesday, then depart for Rio Haina, for arrival on Saturday before departing northbound on Sunday. While Crowley and Seaboard will equally share vessel space, each carrier will continue to provide a full complement of equipment types and other services utilized by the respective Dominican Republic customers. Seaboard will continue to offer a weekly Sunday sailing from Miami to Rio Haina, while Crowley will still sail weekly on Sunday from Port Everglades to Rio Haina.
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