(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; October 31, 2005) To meet the needs of its customers shipping to the Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean during the peak holiday season, Crowley has acquired the use of a third container ship, the Wesertor, to sail between Port Everglades, St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The addition of the 230 TEU ship increases Crowleys weekly cargo carrying capacity to the Virgin Islands by 19 percent. The Wesertor is a Lift On/Lift Off (Lo/Lo) ship and sails on a 10-day rotation.
The addition of this short-term charter to the Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean service is another example of how Crowley is deploying extra assets to meet customer needs during the holiday season, said Joel Klenck, vice president, Bahamas and Caribbean services.
The Wesertor joins Crowleys container ships, Sea Cloud and Sea Gale, in the service. These 530 TEU vessels call St. Thomas and St. Croix every Sunday and Monday, respectively followed by calls in Trinidad, Barbados and St. Vincent. Additionally, Crowley provides service to the islands of Anguilla, Montserrat, Nevis, Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, St. John, St. Kitts, St. Maarten Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Bermuda, Canouan, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Tobago via relay service.
Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded 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 four operating lines of business: Liner Services; Logistics Services; Petroleum Services and Marine 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 www.crowley.com.
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