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Crowley and Boss Shipping Team to Transport Equipment To Help Guatemala Rebuild

(Jacksonville, FL; February 8, 1999) Crowley American Transport and Boss Shipping teamed up recently to ship two giant rock crushing plants to Guatemala to aid in the production of cement and concrete needed to rebuild the countrys infrastructure in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, which hit Central America last year.

The Nordberg crushers can process 100 to 150 metric tons of material per hour. Each unit measured 57.25 feet long, 12 feet wide, 13.5 feet high and weighed 106,000 pounds.

The time sensitive shipment originated in Milwaukee, WI, was loaded aboard a Crowley Ro/Ro vessel at the companys port terminal in Lake Charles, LA, and delivered to Cementos Progreso in Guatemala.

“Delivery time was the key issue,” said Sigrid Boldt, Managing Director for Miami-based Boss Shipping, an international freight forwarder specializing in project cargo shipments. “We selected Crowley to handle this cargo for us because the company offers frequent sailings, the shortest transit time and Ro/Ro loading and discharge, which minimizes the potential for damage for this type of special project cargo.”

“The same day the crushing plants arrived at Lake Charles, they were loaded onto the vessel,” she said. “The timing was perfect, and the bottom line result was that the crushers were transported on time, on budget and with no damage. The selection of first-class contractors, like Crowley, is the key to success in our heavy lift business.”

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Crowley American Transport provides cargo common carrier services between Canada, the United States and countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corp., founded in 1892.