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Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Port of New Orleans

Seaboard Marine plans to begin weekly service from New Orleans that will connect U.S. exporters to cities in Central and South America, the Port of New Orleans said Friday.

The expanded service, which previously served only north Central America, will provide U.S. importers and exporters in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica with direct transit to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

New Orleans Terminal LLC works ships for Seaboard Marine at the New Orleans port’s Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.

“We are pleased to notify shippers of the enhanced Central American and new South American service Seaboard Marine will offer from and to New Orleans,” said Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “These are new direct calls with larger ships. Seaboard Marine is a great partner of the port and provides fast and efficient connections to Central America and now South America in Colombia. We look forward to Seaboard’s continued growth from New Orleans.”

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