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Tropical Depression Ernesto Update – 8/31 1700 EDT

2006-08-28

Tropical Storm Ernesto was located 135 miles south-southwest of Cape Fear, NC at 2:30 p.m. today.

Offices and Terminals:
All offices and terminals are open for normal business hours.

Barges and Vessels:
The PONCE, Voyage 105S, departed Jacksonville, FL at 9:30 a.m. this morning, Thursday, August 31, one day late.
The EL CONQUISTADOR, Voyage 106S, will depart Jacksonville, FL midnight Friday, September 1, one day late.
The MIAMI, Voyage 107S, will depart Jacksonville, FL on time Saturday night, September 2.
The EL REY, Voyage 35S, will depart Pennsauken, NJ on time Thursday night, August 31.
The LA PRINCESA, Voyage 603S, will depart Pennsauken, NJ Friday night, September 1.
The SEA CLOUD, Voyage 35S, departed Jacksonville, FL at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, and will depart Port Everglades, FL at 4:00 a.m. Friday, September 1, then continue on its normal schedule.
The WESERTOR, Voyage 87S, will depart Jacksonville Friday morning, September 1, on schedule and will maintain its normal rotation.

With the exception of a course change, this will be the last update regarding Tropical Storm Ernesto.

Please rely on www.crowley.com for schedule changes and operations updates should there be any. Crowley sailing schedules are always available by visiting http://www.crowley.com/liner-shipping-services/services.asp

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8/30/06 1200 EDT

Tropical Storm Ernesto diminished in strength and passed over South Florida earlier today. It has now been downgraded to a tropical depression.

Offices and Terminals: All offices are operating as normal.

Barges and Vessels:
The Ponce voyage 105s from Jacksonville, FL will depart late morning on Thursday, August 31st.
The El Conquistador voyage 106s will depart Jacksonville, FL Friday night, September 1st
The Miami voyage 107s will depart Jacksonville, FL on time Saturday night, September 2nd
The El Rey voyage 35s will depart Pennsauken, NJ on time Thursday night, August 31st
The La Princesa voyage 603s will depart Pennsauken, NJ Friday night, September 1st
The Sea Cloud voyage 35s will depart Jacksonville, FL at 300PM on Wednesday, August 30th and will call Port Everglades, FL Thursday, August 31st then continue on its normal schedule
The Bahamas Service will remain on schedule from Jacksonville, FL Friday morning and will maintain its normal schedule.

We will continue to monitor the storm and evaluate the possible effects it could have on our operations. Crowley will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Please rely on www.crowley.com for schedule changes and operations updates should there be any. Crowley sailing schedules are always available by visiting http://www.crowley.com/liner-shipping-services/services.asp

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8/29/06 1600 EDT
Tropical Storm Ernesto’s track has moved slightly to the west . At 1300, the center of Ernesto, was estimated to be about 160 miles south of Miami, FL.

Offices and Terminals:
All of Crowley’s South Florida offices (Miami – liner and logistics, Port Everglades – liner, Dania – Titan) remain closed at this time. All other offices are operating as normal.

Barges and Vessels:
The Ponce voyage 105s from Jacksonville, FL will depart midday on Thursday, August 31st.
The El Conquistador voyage 106s will depart Jacksonville, FL Friday night, September 1st
The Miami voyage 107s will depart Jacksonville, FL on time Saturday night, September 2nd.
The El Rey voyage 35s will depart Pennsauken, NJ on time Thursday night, August 31st.
The La Princesa voyage 603s will depart Pennsauken, NJ Friday night, September 1st.
The Sea Cloud voyage 35s will depart Jacksonville, FL at 300PM on Wednesday, August 30th and will call Port Everglades, FL Thursday, August 31st then continue on its normal schedule.
The Bahamas Service will remain on schedule from Jacksonville, FL Friday morning at 800 AM and will maintain its normal schedule.

We will continue to monitor the storm and evaluate the possible effects it could have on our operations. Crowley will continue to update you as more information becomes available, and as the track of the storm becomes clearer.

Please rely on www.crowley.com for schedule changes and operations updates should there be any. Crowley sailing schedules are always available by visiting http://www.crowley.com/liner-shipping-services/services.asp

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8/29/06 1900 EDT
As of 1100 EDT, Tuesday, 8/29/06, Tropical Storm Ernesto has maximum sustained winds near 45 MPH with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected before the center reaches Florida.

Offices and Terminals:

Port Everglades terminal and office – closed by order of the USCG
Miami logistics warehouse and office and liner sales office – closing at noon today.
Titan office in Dania – closing at noon today.

Further updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

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8/28/06 1900 EDT
As of 5:00 PM EDT, Monday, 8/28/06, Tropical Storm Ernesto is now forecasted to remain a strong tropical storm.

Offices and Terminals:
The USCG is closing Port Everglades to all traffic tonight. At present, the terminal will also be closed tomorrow after securing tonight.
Crowley’s warehouse and office in Miami will remain open for business as usual on Tuesday until further notice. Titan – a Crowley company will also hold its Dania office open tomorrow for business as usual until further notice.

Barges and Vessels:
The Wesertor voyage 86n will wait for the storm to pass then proceed to Jacksonville.
The Sea Cloud voyage 35s will load cargo on arrival with a Wednesday 0800 tentative departure time.
The Ponce voyage 105s is expected to depart Jacksonville around 2:00 – 4:00 Wednesday weather permitting.

We will continue to monitor the storm and evaluate the possible effects it could have on our operations. Crowley will continue to update you as more information becomes available, and as the track of the storm becomes clearer.

Please rely on www.crowley.com for schedule changes and operations updates should there be any. Crowley sailing schedules are always available by visiting http://www.crowley.com/liner-shipping-services/services.asp

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8/28/06 1400 EDT
We wish to notify you that the Port Everglades Port Authority has decided and advised that the port will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, August 29th.

Because of this, Crowley’s terminal will remain open to receive and dispatch containers up until 2200 tonight to accommodate as many customers as possible. We will be closed tomorrow.

We will continue to update our operational plan as conditions warrant. All weather models and projections have Tropical Storm Ernesto impacting South Florida and obligate us to take these precautionary measures.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this weather development.

If you have further questions, please call 1-800-CROWLEY.

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8/28/06 1100 EDT
Tropical Storm Ernesto continues on a path that will impact South Florida on Wednesday, August 30th. A hurricane watch has been declared for mainland Florida. There is still uncertainty as far as intensity, timing, and current track of the storm as it approaches South Florida. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours. We anticipate the U.S. Coast Guard and Port Authorities will close the port to all operations 24 hours before the expected impact.

We wish to hereby notify that Crowley has set a tentative gate closing at Port Everglades for pick up and receiving of containers at 1300 EDT Tuesday, August 29th.

We will issue updates to this plan as well as posting them on our website, as conditions necessitate, depending on course taken by Tropical Storm Ernesto over the next 24 hours.

If you have further questions, please call 1-800-CROWLEY.