Hapag-Lloyd’s Atlantic Loop 3 (AL3) European-US container service made its inaugural visit to the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) on Sunday, November 21. The vessel is calling JAXPORT’s TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point for at least the next eight weeks to take advantage of Jacksonville’s efficiencies and avoid US port congestion.

JAXPORT representatives presented a maiden voyage plaque to the crew of the container ship Hudson Express during its visit to JAXPORT.

With no vessels waiting at anchorage and two-way ship traffic to and from berths, Hudson Express was able to berth and begin working immediately upon its arrival in Jacksonville.

The temporary addition of the AL3, which JAXPORT first announced in October, brings an estimated 8,000 additional TEUs (containers) through the port over the next two months. The service calls Antwerp, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; London; Charleston; Jacksonville; and Norfolk.