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Wilma Update – FINAL

2005-10-20

Crowley Resumes Normal Operations Following Hurricane Wilma

(PORT EVERGLADES, Fla.; November 1, 2005) Crowley Liner Services announced today that it has resumed normal operations in South Florida following the passing of Hurricane Wilma on October 24. Its operations were temporarily suspended following a mandate by the US Coast Guard that Port Everglades be closed to all ship traffic and personnel.

Crowley was the last company to work cargo prior to the storms passing and was the first company to resume operations following the ports reopening. The company also experienced a temporary interruption of service in its Miami facility, which houses its logistics distribution center, NVOCC and apparel services groups and the liner sales office.

Though the company experienced some damage to its administrative office at Port Everglades, employees returned to work immediately following clearance by the Broward County Sheriffs office and port authority. To ease hardships being faced by Crowleys employees in the area, the company sent two 500-gallon tanks of gas along with 240 cases of water, 120 tarps, a 45-foot refrigerated container of ice, a generator and a power pack that was used to power the Miami facility until commercial power was restored on October 28.

“When we experience devastation in one of our areas of operation, our first priority is to provide assistance to our employees in the area,” said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Latin America. “At the same time, we are trying to minimize any interruption of service that may be realized by our customers. We have solid plans in place in South Florida that have proven effective in cases such as this for the last 30 years.”

Crowley is currently working to normalize its vessel schedule but reports that there were no lost voyages due to the storm. During storms or other hardships that may affect the companys business, updates are posted to www.crowley.com allowing customers to gain 24-hour access to the latest information including sailing schedules and hours of operation.

Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in 1892, is primarily a family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of three operating lines of business: Liner Services; Petroleum Services and Marine Services. Other services provided within these business lines include logistics; contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management, 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.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Litigation Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words or phrases “can be,” “expects,” “may affect,” “anticipates,” “may depend,” “believes,” “estimates,” “plans,” “projects” and similar words and phrases are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties and the Company cautions that any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of the Company is not a guarantee of future results, performance or achievements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control.

In addition to those risks discussed public filings, press releases and statements by the Company’s management, factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such forward looking statements include: (i) changes in worldwide demand for chemicals, petroleum products and other cargo shipped by the Company’s customers; (ii) the cyclical nature of the shipping markets in which the Company’s Liner Services segment operates; (iii) changes in domestic and foreign economic, political, military and market conditions; (iv) the effect of, and the costs of complying with, federal, state and foreign laws and regulations; (v) the impact of recent and future acquisitions and joint ventures by the Company on its business and financial condition; (vi) fluctuations in fuel prices; (vii) the Company’s ongoing need to be timely in replacing or rebuilding certain of its tankers and barges currently used to carry petroleum products; (viii) competition for the Company’s services in the various markets in which it operates; (ix) risks affecting the Company’s ability to operate its vessels or carry out scheduled voyages, such as catastrophic marine disaster, adverse weather and sea conditions, and oil, chemical and other hazardous substance spills; (x) the effect of pending asbestos or other toxic tort related litigation and related investigations and proceedings; (xi) the state of relations between the Company and its unionized work force as well as the effects of possible strikes or other related job actions; (xii) risks associated with the construction of articulated tug-barge units; and (xiii) risks associated with the Company’s foreign operations.

All such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such statements were made. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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UPDATE – 10/28/2005 1200

Crowley is pleased to announce that it is back to full operations in South Florida. The Port Everglades terminal reopened at noon on Thursday and cargo is being received and dispatched. Telephones, data, power and water have all been fully restored in Port Everglades. Our sailings that were affected were delayed but not cancelled and every effort is being made to resume our normal schedule.
The following is a voyage update:

FROM PORT EVERGLADES:

Thursday (10/27) – Caribe Merchant to NZV5398; Crowley Universe SZV5499, and Tolosa DOM5632 all worked and sailed.

Friday (10/28) – Wesertor VIC5502S to the Bahamas, Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean along with the Americas NZV5399 and pending freight the Express SZV5500.

Saturday (10/29) – Crowley Sun NZV5400 and America Feeder SOP5212.

FROM JACKSONVILLE

Sunday (10/30) – Sea Gale VIC5043S to Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean

The PORT EVERGLADES sailing schedule commencing next week (10/31) will normalize as follows:

Monday (10/31) – Mar Caribe NZV5401; Sea Gale VIC5043S to Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean

Wednesday (11/2) – Jade DOM5633; Caribe Merchant SZV5501; Ambassador discharge SZV5498NB; Tolosa in from Dominican Republic; Christopher Dean to Bahamas

Thursday (11/3) – Americas in and out NZV5402; Tolosa NZV (2) 5403; Sea Cloud (VIC5044S) to Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean

Friday (11/4) – Universe SZV5502

Saturday (11/5) – Sun NZV 5404; American Feeder SOP5213

The JACKSONVILLE sailing schedule commencing next week (10/31) will normalize as follows:

Monday (10/31) – Christopher Dean BAH5088S to Bahamas

Tuesday (11/1) – Sea Cloud VIC5044S to Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean

Additionally, Crowleys Miami warehouse facility is also operational. It is currently being powered by a large generator, which allows for receipt and dispatch of cargo. As of this update, phone and data lines have not been restored

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The port reopened to vessel traffic at noon today and Crowley began working the Caribe Merchant, the Mar Caribe and the Tolosa. Other vessels – Universe, Wesertor, Americas, Express, Sea Gale, Christopher Dean, and America Feeder – will follow. Additionally, the terminal is now open to container traffic.

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UPDATE – 10/27/2005 – 800

As of this morning, water, phone and data have been restored to Crowley’s Port Everglades facilities. Additionally, the Coast Guard has confirmed that the channel will reopen at some point today. We are still awaiting Coast Guard, then port/ Broward Sheriff Office approval for cargo transfers–ins and outs.

Once the channel has opened, we will begin work on six ships that were all caught behind the storm. We will work these in order of their initial arrival which is the Caribe Merchant alongside the Mar Caribe followed by the Tolosa, Universe, Wesertor, Americas, Express, Sea Gale, Christopher Dean, and America Feeder. Work on these ships will begin today (Thursday) and continue through Sunday with possible starts and stops in accordance with law enforced curfews from 8 pm to 6 am. We will attempt to work back to back around the curfew or throughout the night until we have regained schedule or the curfew ends.

We have certified to the Coast Guard, law enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol and the port authority that Crowley is ready to commence all operations with a facility security plan and private security in place, perimeter fences in place, and all systems up.

As a precaution, all truckers coming to South Florida should fuel no further south than Daytona to avoid power outages and gas shortages.

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UPDATE – 10/26/2005 – 1700

Crowley is continuing clean up at its terminal and its Miami warehouse facility. Though power has been restored to the Port Everglades facility there is at this time still no water. Power is still out in the Miami facility but cargo is being dispatched and received as necessary. We do expect the port to reopen at some point on Thursday and we will commence vessel operations as soon as clearance is given by the Coast Guard. The terminal will also reopen accordingly.

Updates will be posted as soon as they are received.

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UPDATE – 10/26/2005 – 1000

Crowley is proud to report that power was restored to its Port Everglades facilities on Wednesday morning. The terminal is now open for employees to begin returning to work but is not yet open to commercial traffic. At this point we are awaiting Coast Guard clearance for vessels. Once clearance is given, Crowley will resume vessel operations.

At this point we anticipate the following changes to our Puerto Rico/Caribbean chedule:

The Wesertor voyage 86s will load our Nassau cargo on Thursday, October 27th and arrive in Nassau Friday, October 28th. Once the Wesertor has departed Nassau, the vessel will sail to the Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean. This component will be noted on our schedule as VIC5502s. The Christopher Dean voyage 87s will call Jacksonville on Thursday, October 27th and arrive in Nassau on Saturday, October 29th.

Additionally, water has been restored to the Miami warehouse and sales office. Though there is no electricity at this time, the facility is open to receive and dispatch cargo.

We anticipate additional updates throughout the day and will pass them along to customers as they are received.

If you need to reach Customer Service or make a Booking, Please call 1-800-CROWLEY. You may also continue to check www.crowley.com for updates and more details.

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UPDATE – 10/25/2005 1700

Crowley is continuing to respond to recovery efforts in its South Florida locations which remain closed at this time. All locations are awaiting the resumption of electrical services. Expectations are that some operations will resume throughout the course of Wednesday (10/26/2005). We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as they are available.

The FEC has announced that their terminal is ready for daylight terminal activity (7am to 7pm) on Wednesday and South Florida gate activity will resume Wednesday Morning from 7am to 7pm only. All outgate activity; no ingate loads. Until further notice, an embargo remains in effect.

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UPDATE – 10/25/2005 1200

Due to power outages caused by Hurricane Wilma, both the Port Everglades and Miami offices will remain closed through Tuesday. The port in Nassau has however reopened.

Also, the vessel operations have not resumed and will await reopening of the vessel facilities.

We will update you on the re-opening of the offices and port facilities as more information becomes available.

If you need to reach Customer Service or make a Booking, Please call 1-800-CROWLEY. You may also check www.crowley.com for updates and more details.

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UPDATE – 10/24/2005 1600

Hurricane Wilma:
The center of Hurricane Wilma is located approximately 140 miles northeast of West Palm Beach, FL, moving rapidly northeast near 60mph. It is a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.

Terminals:
The Port Everglades and Nassau Bahamas ports remain closed. At this time we are anticipating both terminals opening tomorrow. We will advise if more information becomes available.

Vessels:
At this time, none of the Puerto Rico/Caribbean vessels or schedules have been affected. If this should change, we will advise.

Offices:
We are anticipating Port Everglades, Miami and Bahamas offices opening tomorrow. This of course, is dependent upon availability of power and safe traveling conditions in these areas. All other Crowley offices are open and operating as normal.

Please rely on www.crowley.com for additional 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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Hurricane Wilma:
The center of Hurricane Wilma is located approximately over Miami, FL; moving northeast at 24-28 mph with maximum sustained winds near 110-120 mph with higher gusts.

Terminals:
The U.S. Coast Guard closed the Port Everglades port at 0700 on Sunday to inbound and outbound traffic. This includes personnel and vessels. We anticipate the port reopening on Tuesday, October 25. The Nassau Bahamas Port has also been closed.

Vessels:

At this time, none of the vessels or schedules for the Puerto Rico/Caribbean division have been affected. If this should change, we will advise.

Offices:
Port Everglades, Miami and Bahamas offices are all closed. All other Crowley offices are open and operating as normal.

Please rely on www.crowley.com for additional 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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Dear Crowley Customers,

Wilma is located approximately 160 miles South-Southeast of Cozumel, MX. Crowley is closely monitoring Wilma and her track, and at this time, our operations are not being effected. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as they occur.
Thank you.

Please rely on www.crowley.com for additional 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.