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Crowley to Operate a Marine Terminal for Ford in Brazil

(Jacksonville, Fla.; July 2, 2001) – Crowley Logistics Inc. has been selected by Ford Motor Company Brasil Ltda. to operate a marine terminal dedicated to Ford’s new Amazon manufacturing complex in Bahia, Brazil. Crowley will also assist Ford in overseeing the port development during the construction phase to ensure that the facility meets both Crowley and Ford’s high quality standards. Terminal operations are scheduled to begin in early 2002.

The Ponta da Laje Terminal, located in Aratu Bay, Bahia, will primarily handle all of Ford’s inbound vehicles to Brazil and outbound vehicles assembled at Ford’s new Amazon plant.

Crowley’s scope of services will include operations design, planning and implementation, as well as terminal operations management. Functions Crowley will perform include vehicle handling, staging, port security, yard operations, pre-delivery inspection, vehicle damage repair and port administration. 

“The dedicated efforts of Ford and Crowley will provide a strong foundation to assure delivery of a world-class facility to support Ford’s Amazon enterprise,” said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, logistics. “Crowley is proud to be an Amazon partner and we look forward to working together with the Ford Motor Company team to provide excellent service to their customers.”

“We are excited to have Crowley as our partner to operate the port,” said Vivek Kamath, material planning and logistics manager, Ford Amazon. “Our goal is to operate a world-class port completely focused on customer satisfaction. With Crowley’s expertise, partnership, and focus on execution and customer satisfaction, we will implement a benchmark for port operations.”

Crowley has a longstanding relationship with Ford. The company regularly ships Ford vehicles and parts throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, and provides logistics services for Ford in support of its Venezuela and Colombia manufacturing operations. Crowley was granted Q1 status by Ford in 1998 and was recently awarded the Silver Award for Supplier Excellence in Venezuela.

Crowley Logistics, headquartered in Jacksonville, is a subsidiary of Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in 1892. The privately-held corporation, is primarily 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

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