Norden has entered into a 10-year contract with Chilean-based Empremar to transport road salt from Chile to the US East Coast.
The Danish shipowner will use supramax ships to transport an estimated 4-5 million tonnes of road salt from Caleta Patillos to ports between Boston and Baltimore.
The contract commences in 2020 and is valid upto 2029. Norden is estimated to make 8-10 voyages yearly of about 30 days each.
The vessels will pass through the Panama Canal to get from the South American West Coast to US East Coast.
Michael Boetius, Head of Period Tonnage & Industrial Bulk at Norden, commented, “We are proud to extend our partnership with Empremar for another 10 years… The new contract enables Norden to position vessels at the eastern coast of North America where they can be deployed to fulfill other long-term contracts carrying wood pellets to Europe,”
Thomas V. Labash, Senior Manager Logistics – North America, Empremar, said, “We are happy to have fixed another long-term COA with Norden… NORDEN has a modern well-maintained fleet of ships, and they are updating their vessels on a continuing basis.”
Since 2000, Norden has transported more than 15 million tons of salt for Empremar from Chile to the USA. The current contract with Empremar expires in 2022.