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Crowley transports equipment to Havana for upcoming Concierto Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace Without Borders) Concert

(Havana, Cuba; Sept. 16, 2009) — More than half-a-million Cubans are expected to gather at Havana’s storied Plaza de la Revolucin for the highly anticipated Concierto Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace Without Borders) concert on Sunday, Sept. 20. Fifteen artists from six different countries will be performing including international music star and noted humanitarian Juanes; Latin Grammy award-winning Spanish musician and actor Miguel Bose and Grammy and Latin Grammy award-winning Puerto Rican merengue and pop music star Olga Taon.

The behind-the-scenes work for the historic cultural and musical event began just days ago as Crowley personnel worked to ensure all the production equipment were delivered to Havana safely. The shipment included 196 audio speakers, 12-LED video screens, scaffolding, six sound mixing consoles, 25 microphones and stands, 30 musical instruments, six electrical generators, four portable power plants, and other elements. On Monday, five 40-foot containers and one 40-foot flat-rack trailer sailed from Port Everglades, Fla., arriving in Havana on Tuesday.

“We are really proud of the Crowley staff that successfully worked under very tight deadlines to assure the timely movement of this cargo,” said Jay Brickman, Crowley’s vice president of governmental services.

Juanes is one of the best-selling Colombian musicians, having sold more than ten million albums. The 17-time Latin Grammy award winner, helped coordinate the Havana Paz sin Fronteras Concert bringing together artists from different countries, including Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia and the United States. In 2005, he was named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people and in March 16, 2008, Juanes organized the first Paz Sin Fronteras concert at the Colombia-Venezuela border promoting peace and understanding.

Crowley has taken part in several cultural and historical moves to Havana throughout the years, including the transportation and logistics for The Royal Ballet, Great Britain’s largest and most prestigious ballet company, and ESPN television production equipment for the historic U.S.-Cuba 2010 World Cup qualifying game. In less than a month, the company also expects to transport cargo for the New York Philharmonic.

Crowley is authorized to ship licensed cargo to Cuba. Currently, Crowley sails to Havana, Cuba, from Port Everglades and Jacksonville, Fla., as an alternate port every week. Eligible commodities for export to Cuba are detailed under Section 902(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000.

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