Horizon Lines, one of Puerto Rico’s largest domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics companies, has begun operating a direct container service between Tampa and San Juan.

The occasion was marked by the arrival of the 1,402TEU capacity container Horizon Discovery at the Port of Tampa on Sunday.

The service is expected to boost services for shipping companies in the area, which can load containers directly at the Port of Tampa instead of shipping them all the way to the East Coast.

Alongside the new service, the Tampa Port Authority is also planning to expand the port’s container terminal facilities from 25 to 40 acres later this year.