Maine Port Authority Announces Eimskip’s Fourth Vessel to Call on The International Marine Terminal
PORTLAND, ME – The Maine Port Authority (MPA) is pleased to announce that, Friday, October 28th, Icelandic Shipping Line, Eimskip has added the latest addition to their Green Line shipping service that calls on the International Marine Terminal in Portland Maine.
“The trade relationship between Maine and Iceland on Eimskip’s network has never been stronger! We are very excited to be investing in the growth of our Transatlantic Service by adding the fourth vessel offering direct services from Iceland to Portland, Maine. We have been calling Portland for nine years and we are celebrating our 10 years in March 2023,” said President/CEO Eimskip North America, Gylfi Sigfússon. “We continue to see a great deal of customers interested in supporting this trade lane and we are especially focusing on fresh salmon from the North Atlantic to the US market offering lower emissions than shipping by air.”
Eimskip currently operates three vessels on the Green Line. Starting in November 2022 Eimskip will add its fourth vessel, a 700 TEU vessel. This addition will increase the shipping capacity roughly 25%.
The Maine Port Authority has been operating and developing the International Marine Terminal (IMT) since 2009. Icelandic shipping line, Eimskip, started calling on Maine in 2013. The state has invested close to $100 million dollars into the IMT infrastructure and equipment. “We are pleased to see Eimskip’s continued commitment to service at the IMT which directly supports Maine businesses,” said Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note.
The MPA and Eimskip have seen a 20% increase in shipments year after year since Eimskip began their service. The MPA is continually working to support this growth through the development of the terminal and the value-added logistics opportunities that support cold chain logistics as one of Eimskip’s primary lines of business. “With our recent announcement of the Maine International Cold Storage Facility, and Eimskip’s announcement of the new vessel capacity at the terminal we remain on track to support the growing need of Maine businesses,” said Executive Director of the Maine Port Authority Matthew Burns. “The continued growth of Eimskip’s service at the IMT is very exciting and we look forward to the opportunities it will yield.”
Eimskip is forecasting the new vessel will begin running in the middle of November 2022. Any further press inquiries can be directed to Maine Port Authority Executive Director Matthew Burns.
Email: Matthew.Burns@maineports.com Phone: (207) 200-2401