If you're friend is looking to ship by sea then he might care to investigate what Wallenius Wilhelmsen
can offer. I used their services earlier this summer (June) to ship from Southampton UK to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I intend to use them again at the end of next May ['08] to ship back from Newark NJ to Soton.
I can't speak about the schedules from
the US, as I have yet to determine this - but to give you an idea: going the other way (UK to America), there is a weekly roll on-roll off ferry service from Southampton to the US. As mentioned, the ferry is run by Wallenius Wilhelmsen
and the weekly service visits New Jersey, Baltimore, Charleston and Brunswick. Another ferry leaves every ten days for Halifax in Canada - the one I used; then Port Hueneme on the West Coast, and Tacoma every twenty days. A third ferry travels every two weeks from Southampton to Galveston.
For the weekly service, it appears to cost the same to ship a bike, to whatever East Coast port. The UK-based man to speak to at WW is Tony White in Soton on +44 (0)2380-637-233. Tony will, no doubt, be able to give you the contact details of his N American-based counterpart colleague(s). Tony's a TOP
- a real friendly chap & very helpful indeed.
The cost to ship the bike, which is lashed down onto an internal deck throughout the voyage, is about £540 (approx. USD $1,080) single, at any time of the year. There will most likely be a further disembarkation 'handling' fee at the port of arrival, e.g. at Southampton. I re-call paying the Halifax port authorities around CAD $170 (GBP £83) back in June.
Journey time for me was 7-8 days, although this could be considerably longer going the other way - maybe a whole month in total time, as the ferry might have other ports to visit (drop-off & pick-up) before finally leaving the US seaboard.
Hope this helps.