Crowley Maritime Corp. has plans to make its inaugural port call to Tampa, Fla., on Friday, September 02, 2011, as part of its Central American Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) service. This service accommodates Ro/Ro, breakbulk and project cargoes. Based on current market demand, it is anticipated that additional sailings from Tampa are likely to be as frequent as every three weeks aboard the vessel Crowley Americas,which serves Rio Haina, Dominican Republic; Port au Prince, Haiti; Manzanillo, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; and Santo Tomas, Guatemala.
“Crowley has served the shipping and logistics needs of Central America and the Caribbean for more than half a decade,” said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Latin America liner services. “And we are always looking to enhance our service line.”
“We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with Crowley, whose extensive track record in providing transportation and logistics services throughout Central America and the Caribbean is well known,” stated Tampa Port Director Richard Wainio. “This service will provide exporters and importers of construction equipment, vehicles, break bulk and project cargoes with a more competitive option for trade between Central Florida and Latin America via the Port of Tampa.”
Crowley is the premier container shipping company in Central America and the Caribbean, this year celebrating 50 years of service to the region. With Crowley’s Speed to Marketservice, customers can ship export cargo from the U.S. Northeast, Southeast and Gulf coasts to nearly every country in the Caribbean Basin and Central America. Overland truck service is provided to Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Tampa Port Authority administers Florida’s largest and one of the nation’s most diversified ports, handling a wide mix of bulk, breakbulk, Ro/Ro and containerized cargoes, and is also one of the nation’s premier cruise home ports, as well as a major center for shipbuilding and repair.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 119-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales.
Source: Crowley, August 5, 2011.