Seaboard Marine completed the purchase today of the M/V Romea, a “combination” vessel with both roll-on/roll-off, lift-off capabilities. The ship has been renamed the M/V Seaboard Sun.

“We are excited to acquire such a flexible vessel that can be used in various trades in the Caribbean Basin,” said Edward Gonzalez, Seaboard Marine’s President. “We initially envision using the M/V Seaboard Sun in relatively short transits from Miami, such as Jamaica and Grand Cayman. With its unique RoRo and LoLo capabilities, we can economically and safely carry not only containers but also vehicles and over-sized equipment.”

The versatile vessel, with a deadweight of 7,746 tons, can carry nearly 400 TEUs, depending on the cargo mix and configuration. Currently in Italy, the M/V Seaboard Sun is expected to join Seaboard’s Miami-based fleet in early August.

Neither Seaboard nor the seller, Visemar Transporti of Italy, disclosed the purchase price.

This is the second vessel that Seaboard Marine has purchased in 2007. The M/V Seaboard Reliance (ex-Karonga), a multi-purpose tweendecker, was bought in late January.