Port Everglades Adds New Shipping Service to Venezuela and Colombia

Port Everglades is welcoming a new shipping line with service to Venezuela and Colombia. Naviera Master Line de Venezuela C.A. will be moving heavy equipment and machinery/rolling stock on a bi-weekly basis from Port Everglades and, as the business grows, plans to offer the service on a weekly basis. The cargo will be handled by St. John's Shipping Company Inc., a stevedore at Port Everglades for more than two decades.
Master Line
"We are pleased to add this new service to our fleet at Port Everglades. Master Line's service will be mainly exports, a testament to the Port's commitment in expanding exports which creates more U.S. jobs," said Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak.

Port Everglades is the No. 1 seaport in Florida for U.S. jobs supported by exports - 79,800 U.S. jobs. Every $1 billion in exports supports approximately 6,000 U.S. jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Exports from Port Everglades totaled $13.3 billion in calendar year 2011.

"With over three generations in the shipping industry, we are delighted to start this new service that is guided to support the long time forgotten NVO (Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier) and Freight Forwarding community that truly makes a difference in all trades and services they provide on the supply chain. Our number one goal is to serve our clients with the most reliable and dependable service they deserve, I'm happy to say that our commercial slogan will always be "Call your cargo agent!  or Master Line" just like the old timers and pioneers use to say, remember those days?" said Juan Carlos Esquivel, President of Naviera Master Line.

About Port Everglades
As one of South Florida's leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Already the second busiest cruise port in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation's leading container ports. Port Everglades is also South Florida's main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $139 million in Fiscal Year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is approximately $15.3 billion. More than 160,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including over 11,300 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. More information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, is available on the Internet at http://www.porteverglades.net/  or e-mailing PortEverglades@broward.org.

About Naviera Master Line
Naviera Master Line is a family owned Steamship Line company with more than 100 years of combined experience. The company offers liner Ro/Ro and containerized cargo services from Port Everglades to Venezuela and Colombia every two weeks. For more information on Naviera Master Line, call their Miami office 305-599-9935 or visit http://www.masterline.com.ve/ 

About St. Johns Shipping
St Johns Shipping Company Inc. is a full service independent stevedore and terminal operator since 1991 whose customers service the Caribbean, Central and South American ports.