Crowley Acquiring 1,249 New 45-Foot and 53-Foot Containers and Chassis
(Jacksonville, Fla.; Jan. 17, 2005) – Crowley Liner Services has begun to take delivery of 1,049 new 45-foot (102″ wide) containers and chassis and will soon receive 200 new 53-foot (102″ wide) containers and chassis. The containers, all of which are expected in Port Everglades and Jacksonville, Fla., during the next two months, will be deployed in the company’s Latin America, Caribbean and Puerto Rico services to meet increased customer demand. The 53-foot equipment will be used only in the U.S. mainland – Puerto Rico trade lane.
“We are continuing to put money back into the business in the form of new equipment and services,” said Tom Crowley Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime. “These types of improvements go a long way toward solidifying customer satisfaction and helping us to be the preferred carrier for so many shippers.”
The new containers will complement the company’s current fleet of 2,170 45-foot (102″ wide) and 1,000 53-foot (102″ wide) containers that were received in 2003. The containers are made of corrugated steel to prevent dents, punctures and scrapes common to trailers. Additionally, like the containers delivered in 2003, the 1,249 new boxes were built to Crowley’s security specifications with hardware that allows for an additional bolt-type seal to lock the door to the doorframe. In addition, heavy-duty plating and special round-headed huck bolts are used on the doors, making it especially difficult for anyone to gain illegal access.
“Since we originally introduced containers of this size and structure to the fleet in 2003 customer demand for them has continued to grow,” said Crowley’s Director of Equipment and Transportation John Azzo. “The added capacity that they provide allows shippers to ship their cargo efficiently and cost effectively while feeling comfortable about the added security that the containers provide.”
Having containers that can be lifted on and off chassis also provides flexibility to shippers who use multiple Crowley services, including both Lift-on/Lift-off (Lo/Lo) and Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) services.
Crowley Liner Services, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., is a subsidiary of Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation and is part of its liner segment. The corporation, founded in 1892, is primarily family- and employee-owned, and is engaged in worldwide logistics, liner services, contract towing and transportation, energy support services, ship assist and escort services, vessel management and petroleum and chemical marine transport. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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