Wednesday, March 22, 2017

US Shipping Line Boosts Puerto Rico Freight Services with new Green Vessels and Investments

First of New Class for Crowley Launched
Shipping News Feature
US – PUERTO RICO – Crowley Maritime has announced several developments that strengthens its services to Puerto Rico. Working with VT Halter Marine the company has just launched the first of two new Commitment Class ship, El CoquÍ, one of the world’s first combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas. The ship will be able to transport up to 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight Ro/Ro decks. Tom Crowley, company Chairman and CEO said:

“This was a special day for Crowley, VT Halter Marine and all of the men and women who designed, and who are constructing, this world-class ship. We are extremely appreciative of all the work that has been accomplished so far and look forward to the successful delivery of El Coquí later this year and her sister ship, Taíno, in the first half of next year.

“The ship launch also marks the beginning of a very momentous week for Crowley and our Commitment Class project. We are expecting the arrival of three, new gantry cranes at our new terminal pier in San Juan later this week, and two, 1-million litre cryogenic tanks at our LNG bunkering facility being built at the Port of Jacksonville, Florida. Altogether, these investments epitomise the strong, long-term commitment we have to serving our customers and the people of Puerto Rico with the most modern and efficient supply chain services in the trade.”

Fuelling the ships with LNG will reduce emissions significantly, including a 100% reduction in sulphur oxide and particulate matter; a 92% reduction in nitrogen oxide; and a reduction of carbon dioxide of more than 35% per container, compared

In addition to the ships, cranes and tanks, Crowley’s is investing $550 million to build a new 900-foot-long, 114-foot-wide concrete pier at Isla Grande and associated dredging needed to accommodate the two new ships; expanding terminal capacity for handling refrigerated containers; paving 15 acres to accommodate container stacking; adding containers and associated handling equipment to its fleet; installing a new electrical substation to provide power for the new gantry cranes; constructing a new seven-lane exit gate for increased efficiency; installing hardware required for a new, state-of-the-art terminal operating software system, and more.

Crowley Maritime has also signed a multi-year stevedoring and terminal services agreement with Penn Terminals in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, to accommodate the company’s weekly Northeast container shipping service to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico. John Hourihan, Crowley Senior Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico Services said:

“We are very pleased to find a new home for our operations at Penn Terminal. The Penn Terminal management team has been very accommodating and understanding of our needs. We look forward to a long-term, mutually-beneficial relationship. Our service in this region of the country is an important part of our portfolio of supply chain solutions for our customers. Moreover, our operation from Penn Terminals will complement our new Lo/Lo service out of Jacksonville, Florida, when it commences later this year with the arrival of the first of our two new LNG-powered ConRo ships.”