What We Do
National Shipping is the only carrier serving Puerto Rico from Houston, Texas. We provide fortnightly service with US Flag, Jones Act endorsed, National Glory. She is a fully cellular container ship crewed with 19 USA citizens.
The MV National Glory (570 teu container ship), sails every other Wednesday night from Jacintoport in Houston, arriving the following Wednesday morning in San Juan with cargo availability the same day.
National Shipping is proud to advise that for the past seven years we have provided a dependable and reliable service. Since the closure of Horizon Lines in December of 2014, we are the only carrier to offer a Houston gateway for the Puerto Rico trade. Houston serves cargoes originating and destined to points west of the Mississippi and caters to heavy, dense cargoes that are not cost effective to move via Jacksonville. In addition, we offer carriage of out of gauge cargoes up to 200 tons per piece and intermodal West Coast service to and from Puerto Rico.
In addition to dry cargo, National Shipping offers refrigerated service in 40’ high cube reefers.
Our terminal in Houston provides transloading facilities on dock. National Shipping is proud to have served the Puerto Rico market from Houston for the past seven years. We are a small flat organization that emphasizes personalized customer service and fast response to our customer’s needs.
Our customer service team (Norton Lilly International) is domiciled in Jacksonville, FL and staffed by bilingual professionals.
The NSA Advantage
U.S. Flag container ship with Jones Act trading rights dedicated to the Houston/Puerto Rico trade
Slow speed diesel capable of burning 0.1% Sulfur for lowest environmental impact and compliant with IMO2020 regulations
Congestion-free terminals in Houston and San Juan provide quick turn times and value-added cargo handling services
Wide variety of new container availability: D20’ / D40’HC / D45’HC / Reefer / 40’ Flat Racks for OOG
Ability to carry oversize, out-of-gauge and project cargo
96 reefer plugs for temperature control products and perishables
24/7 shipment visibility
Unique & Certified
Only Houston vessel caller serving Puerto Rico – A certified minority small business enterprise (USPAACC)
Excellent Customer Service
Small, flat organization facilitating fast responses to our customers’ needs