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‘Tis the Season for Crowley to Add Vessel Capacity in its U.S. – Virgin Islands Service to Meet Customers’ Holiday Needs


(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; September 18, 2006) To meet the needs of its customers shipping to the Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean during the peak holiday season, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group has acquired the use of a third container ship, the Pine Valley, to sail between Port Everglades and St. Thomas effective September 22.

The addition of the 245 TEU ship increases Crowley’s weekly cargo carrying capacity to the Virgin Islands by 17 percent. The Pine Valley is a Lift On/Lift Off (Lo/Lo) ship and sails on an 8-day rotation.

“Crowley understands that our customers need additional capacity during the peak shipping season,” said Rudy Leming, Crowley’s vice president, Bahamas and Caribbean services. “We are responding by introducing this third vessel to help them expedite their cargoes.”

The Pine Valley joins Crowley’s container ships, Sea Cloud and Sea Gale, in the service. These 600 TEU vessels call St. Thomas every Sunday followed by calls in St. Croix, 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

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