Shipping giant Maersk Line has opened a direct service between Cork and Cuba. The move will enable Irish companies to capitalise on an expected boom resulting from the normalisation of relationships between the United States and Havana.
The recent easing of economic sanctions against the Caribbean island by President Barack Obama has led to a flurry of investment there by US firms. Now Irish companies are getting the opportunity to increase business with the Communist country with the introduction of the service, which will call at Mariel, a port located about 40km from the Cuban capital.
The service is an expansion of the shipping company’s existing CRX Latin American route, which connects Mexico and Costa Rica directly with Europe. That route, which was reintroduced in 2011, already calls at Cork.