RCS Group Opens Facility in Panama

Nov. 1, 2000
The RCS Group has opened its latest facility in Colon, Panama. Refrigerated Container Panama (RCP) will act as the Central American parts depot for Carrier

The RCS Group has opened its latest facility in Colon, Panama. Refrigerated Container Panama (RCP) will act as the Central American parts depot for Carrier Transicold.

RCP soon will add a line of materials for repairing dry freight, reefer containers, and all types of intermodal equipment. Through its nationwide network, RCS offers specialized services to the steamship line community, including ships and terminal SPARES Management Programs.

RCS operates repair and parts depots in Texas, California, New Jersey, Florida, and South Carolina in the United States; and Veracruz, Manzanillo, Altamira, and Ensenada in Mexico.

Lykes Expands North America-Africa Service Lykes Lines is expanding its North America-Africa multipurpose service after absorbing the CCAL business into its portfolio. Acquisition of CCAL by Americana Ships (the CP Ships management company under which Lykes operates) was completed Aug 31, 2000. The move allows Lykes to improve services to and from the United States Midwest via Montreal and to add a direct call at Toronto during summer months when the St Lawrence River is open.

Lykes upgraded its service in July when it launched a two-loop North America-Africa service in conjunction with CCAL. This improved frequency and transit times for customers in North America, Mexico, South and West Africa, and Brazil. It also offered shippers in Philadelphia PA a direct service and enhanced connections to and from New York NY and Baltimore MD.

In South Africa, CCAL already had appointed Mitchell Cotts Maritime, which also represents Lykes, as its agent from Sept 1, 2000. Both Mitchell Cotts and King & Son, the former agent, are part of the Grincor group, ensuring a smooth handover.

The North America-Africa service offers an East Coast loop and a Gulf of Mexico loop and carries containers, roll-on/roll-off, breakbulk, and bulk cargoes. Both offer reefer capacity.

The East Coast loop, sailing once every 15 days, calls Montreal, Philadelphia, Savannah GA, Durban, Cape Town, Philadelphia, and Montreal.

The Gulf loop - calling Durban, Cape Town, Salvador, Savannah, New Orleans LA, Houston TX, and Veracruz operates northbound only.

Landstar Announces Ocean Cargo Services Landstar System Inc's wholly owned subsidiary, Landstar Logistics Inc, is now licensed as a Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) and is offering full container load export service from the United States to ports around the world.

As a neutral NVOCC, Landstar Logistics will provide one-stop sourcing and freight consolidation services for its customers whose export businesses are international. In contracting for space with regular steamship lines in sufficient volume, Landstar Logistics will arrange discounts over normal published tariffs, reducing freight charges.

Landstar Logistics' NVOCC services include competitive rates, cargo tracking, warehousing/consolidation, cross-docking, and multiple weekly sailings to ports worldwide.

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