Kerr Becomes U.S. Agent For Brazil's Nacional Line

Under a recently completed deal, Kerr Steamship Co. is to become the sole U.S. agent for the Brazilian ship line Companhia Maritima Nacional SA, replacing Norton Lilly International, which had served as Nacional Line's agent in the U.S.

since 1983.

Nacional Line recently inaugurated service to U.S. East Coast, after 15 years of service between Brazil and U.S. Gulf of Mexico ports. Frank J. Martingale, vice president of Kerr, said the agency switch reflects the ship line's desire to secure services of a more national scope.

Nacional Line, which is initially employing two ships calling at 20- day intervals at New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, Va., and Savannah, Ga., plans to add a third ship soon, shortening the time to 15 days.

With a new agent and expanded service, privately owned Nacional Line is in position to take advantage of both the recent deregulation of Brazil's maritime industry and the collapse of Lloyd Brasileiro. Kerr has extensive intermodal and sales networks to assist Nacional in expanding its business, Mr. Martingale said.

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