For The First Time In 50 Years, US Cargo Ships Delivers Goods Directly To CubaSubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 18:04
For The First Time In 50 Years, US Cargo Ships Delivers Goods Directly To Cuba
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The Ana Cecilia (photo: NBC 6 Miami)
The cargo ship Ana Cecilia, carrying humanitarian goods directly from the United States to Cuba, arrived in Havana Bay on Friday, the first direct shipment since President John Kennedy imposed a U.S. embargo on Cuba in February 1962. He did so as a way of trying to force change on the communist government there, but the regime of the Castro brothers and their associates remains firmly ensconced. The ship, which can hold up to sixteen cargo containers (typically 20 x 8 x 8 ft.), moved only one container on this maiden run, although its owner, International Port Corporation (IPC) in Miami, hopes it will grow into a weekly service.