A new shipping service delivering Dole pineapples and bananas to the United States will pass through Port Tampa Bay starting later this summer.
The direct weekly route linking Tampa, Honduras and Guatemala will also deliver containerized shipping of cargo like automobiles and other commodities. Two ships, the MV Dole Maya and MV Dole Aztec, will deliver all goods and materials from Central America to Tampa; Gulfport, Mississippi; and Freeport, Texas.
“This marks a major milestone in our strategic efforts to continue to diversify our cargo mix and expand our container volume, which is now our fastest growing line of business,” said Port president and CEO Paul Anderson.
Tampa’s 135,000-square-foot cold storage and port terminal operations are among the reasons Tampa was selected to receive shipments of bananas, pineapples, limes, mangoes and other fruit from Central America.