New ICTF Boosts Crowley’s Efficiency

By Eric Haun
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Crowley containers aboard the FEC Train during the recent opening ceremony of the new intermodal container transfer facility adjacent to Crowley's Port Evergaldes terminal. (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

The opening of Florida East Coast Railway’s (FEC) new, state-of-the-art intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) adjacent to Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Port Everglades, Fla., terminal is providing Crowley customers with more efficient cargo handling and faster deliveries now that containers no longer need to be trucked via interstate highways to and from an off-site rail terminal, Crowley reported. Additionally, the strategic location of the 43-acre, near-dock station is allowing the company to handle bigger, heavier break bulk and out-of-gauge cargo more efficiently and cost effectively because of the shorter distance required for transit to the railhead.

“As one of the FEC’s largest intermodal customers, the location of the new ICTF is a win-win, not only for Crowley, but also for our shipping and logistics customers who are now benefitting from faster and more efficient cargo handling,” said Bob Weist, Crowley vice president. “The decision to open the facility in such close proximity to ours is illustrative of the importance of our partnership.”

Crowley has been one of FEC’s largest intermodal customers since the company established a terminal in south Florida. Working together, Crowley and FEC have been able to grow container traffic volume density in South Florida year after year by aligning Crowley’s Port Everglades rail transportation needs with FEC’s double-stack intermodal rail network which originates and terminates in Ft. Lauderdale.  This new rail facility provides yet another opportunity for Crowley to service its liner and logistics customers with varied intermodal transportation options, something the company is proactively offering.

“We have begun educating our customers on the strategic benefits of having the ICTF literally in our backyard in Port Everglades,” said Weist. “Our break bulk and out-of-gauge customers are particularly enthusiastic about being able to have their cargo off the ship and on the rail in a fraction of the time. That’s good for everyone.”

By diverting an estimated 180,000 trucks from the roads by 2029, the ICTF is expected to reduce congestion on interstate highways and local roadways and reduce harmful air emissions. FEC plans to relocate its existing domestic intermodal service from Fort Lauderdale to the ICTF at Port Everglades, which is also expected to improve traffic flow near the area. The $73 million facility increases FEC’s available intermodal capacity from 100,000 to 450,000 lifts a year, which is expected to result in more domestic containers moving north as loads instead of empties, increasing the efficiency of the intermodal network.

crowley.com
 

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

CEVA Opens European Center of Logistics Excellence

CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the opening of its first Center of Logistics Excellence in Europe. Situated in Ashby de la Zouch,

SBM Offshore Announces Thunder Hawk Tiebacks

SBM Offshore is pleased to announce it has signed a Production Handling Agreement (PHA) with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the

BHP Billiton Communities and EWB Provide Support to 5 Students

BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Engineers Without Borders Support Students in Sustainable Development September 16, 2014 Five university students

Ports

Gladding-Hearn Delivers Third NYPD Boat

With more than a dozen patrol boats and a fireboat built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, operating in New York Harbor, the Somerset, Mass.,

China, Sri Lanka to Launch FTA Talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping began a visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreeing to open bilateral negotiations for a free trade pact as Beijing tightened its embrace

Trelleborg Report Optimistic for Port Investment

The latest 'Barometer Report' from Trelleborg's marine operations business sector, discusses the issues impacting ports and terminals around the globe, and reveals

News

Bangladeshi Albedo Survivors Helped by their Govt.

Yesterday, 16th September 2014, Chirag Bahri, MPHRP's Regional Director for South Asia, attended a ceremonial event organised by the Ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh

Simmons Assumes Command of USS James E. Williams

Capt. Anthony L. Simmons relieved Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) at sea on Sept.

CEVA Opens European Center of Logistics Excellence

CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the opening of its first Center of Logistics Excellence in Europe. Situated in Ashby de la Zouch,

Logistics

CEVA Opens European Center of Logistics Excellence

CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the opening of its first Center of Logistics Excellence in Europe. Situated in Ashby de la Zouch,

BHP Billiton Communities and EWB Provide Support to 5 Students

BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Engineers Without Borders Support Students in Sustainable Development September 16, 2014 Five university students

RRI Launch Marine Services J/V with a Trans-Atlantic Reach

Regional Reporting Inc. (RRI) and Global Risk Evaluations (GREvL) inform of the creation of a joint venture aimed at expanding their marine services offerings.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1298 sec (8 req/sec)