Miami cargo ship heads to Havana after 50 year hiatus

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July 12, 2012

From AFP, YahooNews.com

For the first time in fifty years, a cargo ship left Miami directly for Cuba Wednesday, carrying a load of humanitarian supplies, officials said.

“This first ship, the Ana Cecilia, left with humanitarian shipments, and we are assured that there was nothing to be sold in Cuba,” shipping company spokesman Leonardo Sanchez-Adega told AFP.

The company, International Port Corp, says it has obtained a special permit from US authorities which complies with the US trade embargo on Cuba. It says its clients include charitable, religious, and humanitarian groups, as well as family members of people in Cuba, the spokesman said.

Sanchez-Adega added his company plans for ships to leave each Wednesday on the 17-hour trip to Havana, where the 10-member crew will unload its cargo and return, without ever going ashore.

The Ana Cecilia can carry up to 16 containers, for which the company is charging $5.99 a pound, or about $13 a kilogram.

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