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Friday, December 15, 2017

Puerto Rico News

Crowley’s Newest LNG-fueled ConRo Ship Launched

Crowley’s LNG-fueled ConRo ship, Taíno, was launched at VT Halter Marine (Photo: Crowley)

VT Halter Marine has launched the second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new Commitment Class ships, Taíno, one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Taíno will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase at the shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade in 2018. She will join sister ship, El Coquí, which was launched earlier this year and is now in final testing prior to entering service in early 2018.

Overconfidence, Poor Training Sank El Faro: NTSB Report

(Photo: NTSB)

The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday. It was the worst U.S. maritime disaster in 30 years. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the end of a day-long hearing that tracking the loss of the ill-fated ship on Oct. 1, 2015, was like watching a brewing storm.

American Maritime for Puerto Rico Recovery

Image: American Maritime Partnership

The American Maritime Partnership – the voice of the domestic maritime industry – today issued the following statement to set the record straight on the importance of American maritime for Puerto Rico recovery and the capacity and capability of Jones Act vessels to meet Puerto Rico’s present and future needs. “While the American Maritime industry was delivering cargo to the docks of Puerto Rico with relief supplies within hours of the hurricane passing, familiar opponents worked to fan debunked myths about our industry and the Jones Act…

Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting

File Image: The El Faro 'black box' VDR (Credit: NTSB)

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro. The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crewmembers aboard the ship perished in the accident. The NTSB launched an investigation as soon as the sinking was confirmed and with assistance from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, the wreckage and debris field was located Oct.

Crowley's Nazario Elected VP of PR Shipping Association

Jose Francisco Nazario, Crowley's finance director in Puerto Rico, was elected vice president of the Puerto Rico Shipping Association during a recent meeting in Puerto Rico. Nazario was previously secretary of the organization and is an official member of the association's Silver Anchor Club. Nazario, who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a major in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico, has more than 26 years of experience in the maritime industry. Through his involvement with the association, he remains committed to achieving the association's main objectives, which are to study and solve the common issues that affect the stevedoring and shipping companies, its agents and suppliers doing business in Puerto Rico.

Crowley Breaks Ground on San Juan Terminal

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc. has broken ground on a $48.5-million construction project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the company announced. The project includes the development of a new 900-foot-long, 114-foot-wide concrete pier and all associated dredging needed to accommodate Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ships, which are scheduled for delivery in 2017. Crowley’s terminal expansion also includes the installation of three new ship-to-shore container gantry cranes…

Crowley and Puerto Rico Teamsters Agree on Contract

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group and Puerto Rico Teamsters Union Local 901 have reached an agreement on a new five-year labor contract covering union employees working at Crowley’s San Juan terminal. The new contract is effective from March 27, 2012, through March 26, 2017. “This new agreement continues Crowley’s commitment to the trade and our long-term desire to grow and reinvest in the services we provide to our customers in Puerto Rico and the U.S.,” said John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico and Caribbean services. Crowley has operated in Puerto Rico since 1954. During that time, it has developed a strong and lasting relationship with the Puerto Rico community and its union team members.

Crowley Invests in Puerto Rico Port Infrastructure

Front: Ingrid Colberg, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Ports Authority, and Jose Francisco Nazario, director, finance, Crowley. Back: Edwin Rodriguez, Chief of Maritime Bureau (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc. announced today that it has executed a $48.5 million construction contract for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, further solidifying its commitment to the region, the company announced today. In conjunction with the investment, the company and the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) have also concluded a 30-year lease extension for the Isla Grande property. The construction contract was awarded to L.P.C.& D. Inc.…

Letter to the Editor

Clayton Cook's article on the U.S. shipbuilding market was a thoughtful review, as one would expect from such a knowledgeable source whose contribution and commitment to the marine sector is well known. His review of the non-contiguous liner trades characterized the Puerto Rico fleet as "antique," and accurate description of the self-propelled vessels serving the trade. That section, however, did not mention the tug/barges now serving the Puerto Rico lane. Today the majority of the marine freight moving between the mainland and Puerto Rico moves on tug/barge systems. These tug/barge systems are newer than the self-propelled vessels. In our own case, the weighed average age of our fleet is some six years or one-fifth that of the self-propelled vessels in the trade.

Crowley Hits Milestones in Puerto Rico Investment

A view of the starboard side of  El CoquĂ­ under construction.  (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Highlighting the economic impact under the Jones Act of its $500 million investment in the trade between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached new milestones in its construction of two new, Commitment Class ConRo (combination container and Roll/On-Roll/Off) ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), and in its terminal construction in San Juan. The bow of El Coquí was recently set as shipbuilders at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula…

Serra Honored with Management Award

Gabriel M. Executives Association Horizon Lines, Inc., announced that Gabriel M. Sales and Marketing Executives Association (SME). The awards were presented at the association's awards ceremony and dinner in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over the weekend. executives from different industries. Mr. transportation industry. benefit the community.

Puerto Rico Towing Receives Tug "HANDY THREE"

Jensen Maritime designed Tug "Handy-Three"

Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. is expanding the size of its tugboat fleet with the addition of the newly constructed Handy-Three which arrived in San Juan Thursday morning. Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co., a subsidiary of The Great Lakes Group, is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been providing vessel assistance and towing services to commercial vessels and barges in San Juan Harbor, other Inland Ports, and ports throughout the Caribbean for over 15 years. Recently constructed at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, the Handy-Three is now the fifth tug in the Company’s fleet.

Crowley Doubles Size of Puerto Rico Distribution Center

Crowley nearly doubles size of Puerto Rico Distribution Center to better serve customers shipping to and from U.S. The expansion brings Crowley’s total warehouse space on Puerto Rico to 119,800 square feet to serve as a centralized routing center for cargo moving between the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Caribbean, Central America and beyond. Customers can now count on us for all their shipping and logistics needs in the region. Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Caribbean logistics unit acquired a second warehouse adjacent to the company’s existing 70,000 square-foot distribution center in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico to bring Crowley’s total warehouse space on the island to 119,800 square feet.

Crowley’s Roberts Outlines Support for Puerto Rico, Jones Act

Michael Roberts, Crowley's senior vice president and general counsel (Photo: Crowley)

As U.S. lawmakers address means to stabilize Puerto Rico’s economy, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s senior vice president and general counsel, Michael Roberts, was called upon to offer recommendations for supporting the island’s economy and strengthening the U.S. domestic shipping industry. In a written and oral testimony provided last week before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, Roberts outlined areas of support for Puerto Rico and the Jones Act.

DOJ: Former Liner President Guilty in Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Former Executive Convicted for Role in Price-Fixing Conspiracy Involving Coastal Freight Services Between the Continental United States and Puerto Rico. Following a two-week trial, a federal jury in Puerto Rico today convicted a former executive of a Florida-based coastal water freight transportation company for his participation in a conspiracy to fix rates and surcharges for water transportation of freight between the continental United States and Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced. Frank Peake, the former president of Sea Star Line LLC, was found guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico…

AMPR Releases Study on Jones Act

Crowley is a member of The Puerto Rico Maritime Alliance, which consists of representatives of U.S. flag carriers and labor unions constituting the US Merchant Marine. The Maritime Alliance of Puerto Rico (AMPR) has announced that the GAO Study released yesterday determined the Jones Act does not increase rates or prices for the Puerto Rican consumer. The economic study was requested in 2012 by the resident commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi, and the delegate of the Northern Marianas Island, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan. GAO (General Accountability Office) is the independent non-partisan agency that works for the U.S Congress and its audit, evaluation, and investigative arm.

Jones Act Seems Beneficial to Puerto Ricans Finds GAO

American Maritime Partnership (AMP) member, Crowley Maritime Corp. The long-awaited General Accountability Office (GAO) study on the Jones Act in Puerto Rico shows that the U.S. domestic container shipping fleet has provided regular, reliable service while offering significant rate reductions, according to the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), an industry trade group. "GAO disproved charges that the Jones Act raises prices for consumers in Puerto Rico," AMP said in a statement shortly after the release of the report today. "As such, GAO's report confirmed that previous estimates of the so-called 'cost' of the Jones Act are not verifiable and cannot be proven.

Crowley’s New STS Cranes Arrive in San Juan

Photo: Crowley

Three new ship-to-shore cranes that were constructed in Ireland were delivered to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan on Wednesday. The cranes are a key element of the $130 million Crowley is investing in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande Terminal, and their arrival marks the first time new, specialized gantry cranes have been received for operation in the San Juan Harbor in five decades. “With the delivery of these state-of-the-art cranes…

Horizon Lines’ Exec Wins Award

Horizon Lines, Inc., (NYSE:HRZ), said that Gabriel M. Serra, VP and General Manager of the company's Puerto Rico division, has been awarded a Top Management Award by the Puerto Rico Sales and Marketing Executives Association (SME). The Puerto Rico SME Association grants Top Management Awards each year to 16 executives from different industries. Mr. Serra was honored in the transportation industry.

New Marine Hydrawrap Distributor

HydraTech Engineered Products of Cincinnati, Ohio has selected the Great Lakes Group and Puerto Rico Towing as exclusive distributors of Marine HydraWrap. The Great Lakes Group, located in Cleveland, Ohio, operates a full service shipyard and specializes in all types of marine repair services. Puerto Rico Towing and Barge Company located in San Juan, Puerto Rico provides towing services and vessel assistance to commercial vessels and barges throughout the Caribbean. The Marine HydraWrap is an ABS design approved carbon fiber composite repair system for pipelines, fittings and bulkheads.  www.hydratechllc.com

Horizon Lines Names Rodriguez as Vice President

Horizon Lines has announced that Joe Rodriguez has been named Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Eastern Region, for the company's Horizon Lines, LLC operating subsidiary. Mr. Rodriguez will oversee all sales activity, pricing and marketing in the eastern half of the United States and Puerto Rico, reporting directly to Brian Taylor, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer of Horizon Lines, Inc. "Joe has extensive experience selling our services in the Puerto Rico trade, as well as in the larger eastern region of the United States," Mr. Taylor said. As General Manager, Pricing and Marketing in Puerto Rico, Mr.

Superyacht Marina Planned at San Juan, Puerto Rico

Photo -Puerto del Rey

Puerto Rico Ports Authority issues RFP for Marina District. The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), a public corporation and government instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the leasing, design, construction, operation and financing of the rehabilitation, improvement and operation of the Isla Grande Dry Dock ("IGDD") in the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the design, construction, financing, and development of a superyacht marina complex.

Sea Star’s Puerto Rico Service Start Date Advanced

After announcing last week a new weekly barge service from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico intended to commence on January 29, Sea Star Line has restructured assets and plans to move the start of the new service forward to January 22. Sea Star is in the process of on-hiring 2,300 pieces of new equipment over the next 30 days that will not only support the new barge service but ensure there is adequate equipment to support customers utilizing their twice weekly ship service from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. The equipment being on-hired includes 800 x 40’ dry, 500 x 45’ dry, 350 x 40’ft reefers, 100 x 45’ft reefers, 185 x gen-sets (50% being sent to Puerto Rico) and 400 x chassis (all being sent to Puerto Rico).

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