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MSC Offers Direct Houston-Brazil Service

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HOUSTON, June 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mediterranean Shipping Company is providing a new weekly direct container service connecting Houston and Brazil.

The new service, which was launched in April, brings together the resources of one of the world's largest commercial shipping companies with Brazil's leading trading partner in containerized cargo – the Port of Houston Authority. The Port Authority has held the top trading spot since 2010.

The new service calls at Houston, Cristobal, Manaus, Navegantes, Santos, Pecem, Vila do Conde, Port of Spain, Cristobal and Houston. Its rotation is seven weeks with seven ships averaging 2,500 twenty-foot-equivalent units.

The service will call at the Port Authority's state-of-the-art Bayport Container Terminal in Pasadena.

About the Port of Houston Authority

For nearly 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned or operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation's largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage. The port is an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation. It supports the creation of more than one million statewide jobs and more than 2.1 million nationwide jobs, and the generation of economic activity totaling more than $178.5 billion in Texas and $499 billion across the nation. For more information, visit the Port Authority website at: www.portofhouston.com.

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CONTACT: Bill Hensel, Manager, Corporate Communications Office: (713) 670-2893 Cell: (832) 452-5776 E-mail: bhensel@poha.com

Source:Port of Houston Authority