Puerto Rico Announcement : Operations : South Atlantic Express Peak Season Schedule Update - 12-07-1
December 7th, 2011
PUERTO RICO SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
South Atlantic Express (SAX) – Peak Season Schedule Update
Dear Valued Customer:
Our South Atlantic Express (SAX) service departs Jacksonville Friday evenings and arrives in San Juan Monday mornings. Effective with the December 12th with arrival of Horizon Trader voyage TO453S our estimated arrival time in San Juan will be 10:00AM. We are communicating this change so our customers can plan receipt of their cargo in San Juan more effectively. We will again target 08:00AM arrivals on Mondays after Christmas when peak season volumes settle.
Three main factors contribute to our need to push back the anticipated arrival time in San Juan:
1) Heavy seasonal container volumes arriving on Fridays which require additional stevedoring time Friday evenings.
2) Expiration of 2011 Daylight Savings time on November 6th, 2011 - Because the US mainland observes Daylight Savings and Puerto Rico does not, this change removed an hour from the transit allowance between Jacksonville and San Juan.
3) The Marine Mammal Protection Act - This federal law protects Atlantic Right Whales and mandates a vessel speed restriction of 10 nautical miles per hour just outside Jacksonville, FL which started November 15th, 2011. This speed restriction removes approximately 1.5 hours from our transit allowance between Jacksonville and San Juan.
Horizon Lines customers can best assist the situation by furnishing loads to our Jacksonville terminal as early as possible prior to each sailing. This allows for a more efficient stowage operation and earlier departure time which will directly help our arrival times in San Juan.
We anticipate most cargo will be made available in San Juan during regular business hours on Mondays. Horizon Lines will work with customers on a case-by-case basis if later dispatch of cargo is required in San Juan on Monday evenings.
If you have any questions, please contact your Horizon Lines Sales Representative
or Customer Service at 1-877-678-7447.
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