Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Crowley Adding 3,000 Pieces of Equipment

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group says it is adding more than 3,000 pieces of cargo handling equipment to its fleet to allow the company to better meet increasing customer demand throughout its Puerto Rico, Caribbean and Latin America service areas.

The equipment, according to Crowley, includes: 200 53-foot, 102-inch wide dry containers; 200 45-foot, 102-inch wide, dry containers; 500 20-foot dry containers; 1,000 40-foot dry high-cube containers; 337 40-foot refrigerated high-cube containers; 30 20-foot refrigerated containers; 461 underslung gensets; and 75 nosemount gensets.

“We are particularly pleased to be able to add to our supply of high-capacity 53-foot containers, which are in great demand in our Puerto Rico liner services,” John Hourihan, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico/Caribbean, said.

In addition to meeting ISO standards for freight container door security applications, Crowley says its new containers have an extra bolt-type seal lock and 3/8-inch-thick plating at the top and bottom for maximum security, helping to prevent unlawful access.

“These acquisitions reflect our continued commitment to reinvest in the business,” Steve Collar, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, Latin America liner services, said. “And it further aligns with our strategy and desire to have the most modern and most desired type of equipment available.”

The new equipment brings Crowley’s equipment totals to nearly 43,000 containers, chassis and other specialized units. Since 2003, Crowley has invested more than $275 million to upgrade and grow its equipment fleet, the company says.