The Port of Pensacola, Navitech Enterprises and AztecMaritime Services are pleased to announce the commencement of regular all-water service between Pensacola, FL and Veracruz, Mexico.

The new service, which is accepting import and export bookings for breakbulk cargo, dry containers and refrigerated containers,will commence mid-August on fixed 10-day rotation.

‘The establishment of this service marks a significant milestone for the Port of Pensacola,’ said Port Business Development Manager Amy Miller. She said Pensacola has existed over the past decade primarily on proprietary cargo movements on behalf of long-term port terminal operators and other full-vessel charter business.

‘We’ve been working diligently to diversify our business base over the past several years,’ Miller said. ‘Our re-entry last year into the frozen food export sector was a critical component in that diversification. The successful establishment of Pensacola’s first liner service is a second key element that we’ve been working toward for quite some time,’ she added.

‘We’re extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Navitech and Aztec to build this new service from the ground up.’

Francisco Llaudy, President of Navitech, said his company evaluated numerous potential ports to serve as their US Gulf base of operations but found Pensacola to be the perfect fit. ‘We are a carrier that focuses on personalized service and attention to detail for our customers,’ Llaudy said. ‘From the port staff, to the stevedores, to the service providers, the Port of Pensacola clearly has the same service-oriented operational philosophy. We believe this partnership will result in the best possible time efficiencies and cost effectiveness in the Northern USGulf-Mexico trade lane.’