, Dec, 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Lines, Inc. (OTCQB: HRZL), one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies, today announced it is adjusting its
service schedule to better align its deployed capacity with market demand and to improve cargo availability times in
January 10, 2013
, the company will offer weekly service between
San Juan, Puerto Rico
. The southbound service will depart
on Thursday evenings and arrive in
on Sundays. Cargo will be available at the opening of business on Monday mornings. The company currently offers twice weekly service between
on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Additionally, Horizon Lines weekly
service from the Northeast will depart
Elizabeth, New Jersey
on Thursday evenings, instead of Fridays, with cargo availability in
on Mondays. Northbound departures from
will be on Sunday evenings with arrival on Thursday mornings. Northbound departures from
will be Monday evenings with arrival on Thursday mornings.
Service schedules between
will remain unchanged.
This service adjustment is expected to create cost efficiencies that will enable the company to improve the
trade lane's financial performance and reinvest in the business over the long term. In association with the service change, the company expects to record a fourth-quarter charge of approximately
's economy remains in a prolonged multi-year recession, during which time domestic container volumes to the island have contracted sharply," said
, Vice President and General Manager of
. "After a comprehensive review of our deployments in the market, we determined Horizon can more efficiently serve
through one weekly
sailing, instead of two. Adequate capacity exists on our vessel that will depart on Thursdays to serve most customers who previously shipped on our Tuesday and Friday vessels. Customers have frequently requested Monday morning cargo availability and we are excited that our new schedule will provide Sunday arrivals into
so that customers can pick up freight at the opening of business Monday mornings."
Horizon Lines will continue to operate the largest vessels in the trade, serving
from the three most geographically diverse U.S. ports with the most extensive intermodal network across
"We intend to continue to offer timely and efficient
service on a weekly basis," Mr. Rodriguez said. "However, making this service change is necessary to improve cost efficiencies and better position Horizon Lines to make the investments necessary to serve our
customers and maintain and grow our business over the long run."
During the past 12 months, Horizon Lines has invested approximately
in an extensive upgrade program to the three vessels that will continue to serve Puerto Rico. The Horizon Navigator and the Horizon Trader, which will continue to call on
and the Northeast, are C8 Class container vessels with nominal capacity of 1,125 forty-foot equivalent units (FEUs). The smaller Horizon Producer, with nominal capacity of approximately 840 FEUs, will continue on its regular
schedule. The Horizon Discovery, with nominal capacity of approximately 690 FEUs, normally carried the Tuesday cargo from
during 2012. It will be removed from active service and used as a relief vessel.
About Horizon Lines
Horizon Lines, Inc. is one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies and the only ocean cargo carrier serving all three noncontiguous domestic markets of
from the continental United States. The company maintains a fleet of 15 fully Jones Act qualified vessels and operates five port terminals in
and Puerto Rico. A trusted partner for many of the nation's leading retailers, manufacturers and U.S. government agencies, Horizon Lines provides reliable transportation services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland distribution capabilities to deliver goods that are vital to the prosperity of the markets it serves. The company is based in
, and its stock trades on the over-the-counter market under the symbol HRZL.
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