The Ana Cecilia is carrying humanitarian aid and complies with the US trade embargo on Cuba.
A cargo ship has left Miami to make the first direct maritime shipment of merchandise to Cuba since an embargo was declared by US President John F. Kennedy in 1962
CNN reports that the Ana Cecilia is loaded with humanitarian aid items, and has been organized by the International Port Corp.
“This is about the first direct shipment that’s going to go there in 50 years,” an unnamed spokesman for the company told the news service.
The International Port Corp has obtained a special permit from US authorities which complies with the US trade embargo on Cuba, according to AFP. It says its clients include charitable, religious, and humanitarian groups, as well as family members of people in Cuba.