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Crowley Liner Services to Launch Gulf Latin America Service — Offering Weekly, Fixed-Day Service between Houston, Mexico, Central America, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela


(Jacksonville, Fla.; April 28, 2000) Crowley Liner Services ~ Latin America will launch a new service May 15 called the Gulf Latin America Service (GLAS), which will provide weekly fixed-day sailings between Houston, Mexico, Central America, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. Vessels in the GLAS will depart on Mondays from Houston to Altamira, Mexico, then, Veracruz, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Manzanillo, Panama; Cartagena and Baranquilla, Colombia; and Puerto Cabello and La Guaira, Venezuela. Calls to La Guaira and Baranquilla will be alternated on a fortnightly basis. The service also offers fixed-day northbound sailings.

Three, 848 TEU capacity Lo/Lo vessels will be used in the GLAS. The service launches from Houston with the M/V Americana on May 15; followed by the M/V Merkur on May 22; and the M/V Astor on May 29.

Weve returned to a weekly, fixed-day service and added another vessel in order to match the increased growth we are seeing in this trade lane, said Rinus Schepen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, for Crowley Liner Services ~ Latin America. These service enhancements are part of our commitment to maintaining strong service integrity that will allow customers to continue planning their cross-trade business, inventory and production activities with confidence.

In addition to service reliability, Crowleys intermodal logistics, electronic bill of lading and internet shipment tracking services help ensure complex customer shipments will arrive on time and in good condition, even when they are being shipped to more than one country.

With our electronic infrastructure and the solid network of well-trained Crowley employees at each port facility, we simplify multiple destination shipments of cargoes like chemicals, appliances, industrial machinery and foodstuffs,” said Schepen. “We work hard to make sure each shipment of cargo arrives when it should, how it should, and at the precise location our customers have planned for.”

Crowley will be joined in the service by Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) partners American President Lines and Americana Ships.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Crowley Liner Services provides cargo common carrier services between Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the north coasts of Colombia and Venezuela. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corp., founded in 1892. Additional information about Crowley Maritime Corp. and its subsidiaries, Crowley Liner Services, Crowley Marine Services, Crowley Logistics and Crowley Petroleum Transport may be found on the Internet at