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Crowley Delivers Incinerator to Tortola to Handle Increased Waste Disposal Needs

(Jacksonville, Fla.; Jan. 19, 2009) – Crowley’s logistics and liner services groups completed the transport of an incinerator to Tortola this past weekend to replace the island’s existing trash disposal unit. The government purchased the mid-size incinerator from Consutech Systems, LLC and contracted Crowley to move it from the factory in Richmond, Va. The 42 individual pieces were handled with specialized equipment including 10 flatbeds and four open-top containers. The largest of the pieces was 30 feet long and 13.5 feet high and wide and weighed 80,000 pounds. The total weight of the incinerator was more than 235 tons.

Once installed, the new unit will burn 100 tons a day of the island residents’ trash in comparison to the 55 tons a day their current aging incinerator burns. This additional waste disposal capacity will aid the island during the busy winter tourist season and with year-round cruise ship calls.

Crowley’s Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) service was the preferred method of transport due to the reduced amount of handling required for the fragile pieces. If moved on a Lift-on/Lift-off (Lo/Lo) vessel, the pieces would have had multiple transfers, but Crowley’s Ro/Ro service required only one transfer, greatly reducing the potential for damage. The incinerator was sent by barge to St. Thomas via San Juan, Puerto Rico. From St. Thomas, the load was taken by connecting carrier, EZ Shipping, aboard the MV Midnight Tide and MV Midnight Chief, to Tortola.

“The movement of this massive unit was a team effort from both Crowley’s logistics and liner services groups,” said Bob Weist, general manager of truck brokerage for Crowley. “The loads were over dimensional and therefore required special permitting for their road transit.”

Crowley was chosen for the job because of its local presence in Tortola and reputation for handling large and unusual cargo. Upon receipt of the unit, the Ministry of Health and the British Virgin Islands Minister expressed that they were extremely pleased with the service Crowley provided.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.

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