MIAMI (AP) — Less than a year after maritime freight shipping between the U.S. and Cuba was launched for the first time in five decades the service has come to a halt.
After the service was launched last July, thousands of customers sent humanitarian goods and items that are difficult to ship by air — such as refrigerators and washing machines.
The Associated Press followed packages that were due to ship out in December. The ship never launched and the packages were sent by air instead.
The items took more than a month to get to family and the maritime service has stopped. The International Port Corp. says the boat didn't ship because of a leak. But the company is also facing lawsuits for alleged non-payment from the charter vessel company and owner of the dock.
Associated Press writer Andrea Rodriguez in Havana contributed to this report.
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