GT USA Wilmington Welcomes Maiden Call of the MSC CAPUCINE R

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Vessel brings cargo of Chilean grapes to the Port of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, DE — GT USA Wilmington (GTW) yesterday welcomed the m/v MSC CAPUCINE R to the Port of Wilmington for its maiden call of the winter fruit season.

The m/v MSC CAPUCINE R is a container vessel, built in 2001. She is 243.1 meters in length and 32.2 meters wide, with a carrying capacity of 3430 TEUs. Upon berthing, GTW operations began discharging her cargo of containerized grapes from Chile. The containers were stripped immediately and, once regulatory approvals have been received, the cargo will be ready for pick up and distribution.

Following a successful winter fruit season in 2022, where the Port handled around 130,000 pallets of grapes and other Chilean fruits, GTW is confident that they are well on track to exceed those figures in 2023.

Joe Cruise, Chief Executive Officer of GT USA Wilmington and Robert Blackburn, Vice President, Commercial were on hand to welcome the vessel and present its captain with a plaque to mark the vessel’s first call of the season. “We are delighted to welcome the MSC CAPUCINE R to the Port of Wilmington. It is a privilege to be able to continue to work with MSC and our Chilean partners to facilitate the timely distribution of fresh and delicious fruit to North American consumers.” said Cruise.“ “We are particularly pleased to welcome the vessel in this very special year for the Port of Wilmington, as in September we will celebrate 100 years of operations,” Cruise added.

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