Miami January 13, 2016
Port Lafito adds prestigious client with inaugural call
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 13, 2016 – GB Group, a diversified group of industrial and trading companies which operates the newly constructed Port Lafito, announced today the addition of Seaboard Marine as a customer.
“We are pleased to welcome Seaboard Marine to Port Lafito and are proud that the inaugural vessel call at our new port last week was Seaboard Marine’s M/V Gluecksburg, a 1,732 TEU container vessel. Seaboard Marine is well known in Haiti and throughout the Caribbean to provide the highest level of service to its clients. As Haiti’s Panamax Port, we are honored to be chosen as their main port of call in Haiti. We believe the services offered by Port Lafito, including our efficient off-dock facility at Chancerelle, will enable Seaboard Marine to continue to elevate its service levels in Haiti,” said Pierre Liautaud, CEO of Port Lafito.
Port Lafito’s state of the art facilities, which include new Liebherr cranes and a fully integrated terminal operating system, will enable clients such as Seaboard Marine to receive world class service, resulting in considerable improvements throughout their logistics chain.
Port Lafito partnered with SSA Marine, the world’s largest independent and privately held marine terminal operator, to oversee the port and terminal operations. Its affiliate, Tideworks, a leading provider of terminal operating technology, is installed at Port Lafito to enable efficient operations and full integration of real time information between parties.
“The efficiencies and modern capabilities provided at the newly built Port Lafito will enable us to improve and broaden the level of service to our Haitian customers. We are pleased to be one of the anchor tenants at Port Lafito and look forward to increasing our business in Haiti,” said Edward Gonzalez, President and CEO of Seaboard Marine.
About Seaboard Marine
Seaboard Marine is a world-class ocean carrier and logistics provider with services between North America, the Caribbean Basin, and Central and South America. Seaboard Marine’s operations include terminals at Port Miami and the Port of Houston, a fleet of over 25 vessels and over 60,000 dry, refrigerated, specialized containers and related equipment. Seaboard Marine provides cargo shipping services to 28 countries.
Seaboard Marine is a wholly owned affiliate of Seaboard Corporation. Seaboard Corporation is a publically traded (NYSE MKT Equities under symbol SEB) Fortune 500 company with net sales of approximately $6.5 billion annually and a workforce of more than 25,000 people worldwide.
About GB Group
GB Group is a leading, diversified group of industrial and trading companies in the Caribbean, with operations concentrated in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and St. Maarten and offices in the United States. Comprised of 22 companies from 9 different divisions including agriculture, construction, consumer goods, energy, finance, infrastructure, logistics, media and trading, GB Group collaborates with more than 4,000 employees and embraces managers from more than 15 countries companywide. GB Group and its operating companies have strategic alliances and/or partnerships with some of the world’s top business organizations. The company’s current endeavors include the $200 million Lafito Global project, which includes Port Lafito, Haiti’s first Panamax port.