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Crowley Adds Vastly to its Fleet Cargo-Handling Equipment

May 22, 2013

New Shipping Containers: Photo credit Crowley

New Shipping Containers: Photo credit Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is adding more than 3,000 pieces of cargo handling equipment to its diverse fleet.

The additional resources will allow the company to better meet increasing customer demand throughout Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America service areas.

The equipment  includes 200 53-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers, 200 45-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers, 500 20-foot dry containers, 1,000 40-foot dry high-cube containers, 337 40-foot refrigerated high-cube containers, 30 20-foot refrigerated containers, 461 underslung gensets and 75 nosemount  gensets.

The new equipment, which will replace some aging units and allow for growth, brings Crowley’s equipment totals to nearly 43,000 containers, chassis and other specialized units.

“These acquisitions reflect our continued commitment to reinvest in the business for the benefit of our customers,” said Steve Collar, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, Latin America liner services. “And it further aligns with our strategy and desire to have the most modern and most desired type of equipment available when and where our customers need it.”

“We are particularly pleased to be able to add to our supply of high-capacity  53-foot containers, which are in great demand in our Puerto Rico liner services,” said John Hourihan, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico/Caribbean. “These units  have a capacity up to 3,268 cubic feet and the  capability to carry loads up to 42,660 pounds.”

In addition to meeting ISO standards for freight container door security applications, Crowley’s new containers, which are expected to arrive in Jacksonville this summer, have an extra bolt-type seal lock and 3/8’-thick plating at the top and bottom for maximum security, helping to prevent unlawful access.

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