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Crowley delivers massive boiler to Fruit of the Loom in Honduras

(Jacksonville, Fla.; Sept. 6, 2007) — Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner and logistics services groups recently worked together to provide both inland and ocean transportation for a massive boiler bound for Fruit of the Loom in Honduras. This large boiler measuring 35-feet long, 12-feet wide and 15-feet high was transported from a Fruit of the Loom manufacturing facility in Jamestown, Ky., to a similar facility in Choloma, Honduras.

“The safe transit of this oversize load from the United States to Honduras demonstrates Crowley’s continued commitment to service in Latin America and to handling oversize loads with great care and expertise,” said John Hourihan, Crowley senior vice president and general manager of Latin America services. “The move offered Crowley the opportunity to showcase its abilities while working with an important, established customer, Fruit of the Loom.”

Once received in Gulfport, Miss., the boiler was lifted onto a custom lowboy by a crane that Crowley had contracted for this specific move. It was then loaded aboard the Caribe Merchant for the four-day transit to Puerto Cortez, Honduras, where Crowley again arranged transportation inland from the port to the Fruit of the Loom factory in Merendon.

Crowley is well known throughout the industry for its ability to handle the large and unusual. For example, in recent years, the company handled the transport of 76 subway cars from Jacksonville, Fla., to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for use in the Tren Urbano project. The 90-foot long railcars each measured 10.51 feet wide, 15.83 feet high and weighed 142,530 pounds. Additionally, the company shipped a 24-foot long by 14-foot wide by 15-foot high water heater from Texas to Honduras, three bottle washers each weighing 22,000 pounds from St. Louis to the Dominican Republic, and 29 double-stack railcars from Port Everglades to Panama.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco 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 five operating lines of business: Liner Services; Logistics Services; Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Other services provided within these business lines include 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

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