SC Line, an ocean forwarder of vehicle, truck and heavy equipment based in Panama, has started making bi-weekly calls at the Talleyrand Marine Terminal at the port of Jacksonville. The new service will connect Jacksonville with Colombia, Panama and Venezuela, as part of SC Line’s USATruck ro-ro service.

“Jacksonville is a strategic port for us. It is the place to come as we look to grow our volumes and we want everyone to know there’s a new way to ship vehicles,” said Blado Caimares, senior account executive at SC Line.

The company said it had chosen Jaxport because of its proximity to highways, accessibility to auctions, the quality of port-based automotive processors and ease of doing business.

SC Line, which recently acquired GM as a customer, is partnering with Seaonus Stevedoring at Talleyrand.

“SC Line opens a great deal of opportunity for us and for Jacksonville,” said Rick Sharp, Vice President of Seaonus. “The potential for increasing breakbulk and ro-ro volumes into SC Lines’ markets in Latin America is incredible and we are eager to expand along with them.”

SC Line's hub in Cartagena, Colombia links both the SC Line East Coast USATruck route with the Gulf's MEXTruck route. It serves Houston, Altamira, Veracruz, Cartagena and Santa Marta.

The company said it is also planning a new route between Cartagena in Colombia, and Brazil and Argentina.